Before my daughter was born, I went on a cross-stitching and knitting frenzy. We had been trying for a while, and I had been restraining myself from making lots and lots of baby things before we finally fell pregnant, just in case we never got there. The day I found out I was pregnant, it was on for young and old!
She's 10 months old now and she's grown out of most of her newborn clothes. It's coming up to winter here, so I thought it was time for a new hat. Here's what I put together.
Purple, of course, but I actually bought more balls of this wool (Lincraft Surprise) in pink and orange/red shades, so she might just get more hat/scarf sets! It was a lot of fun to make, and didn't take too long at all.
My husband called it "froofy". But he's a boy, so what are you going to do??
Anyway, I thought I would post up the pattern so you can knit this too. The wool doesn't need to be variegated, but I would suggest doing the crochet flower in a contrasting colour so it stands out.
For a 12+ month old (my little one has a large-ish head, so I stitched it big with lots of room to grow)
100g 8 ply wool (I used Lincraft Surprise in Aubergine Mix)
4.5mm knitting needles
4.5mm (size 7) crochet hook
Large needle for sewing in ends/attaching flower to hat
Method – Hat:
Cast on 80 stitches.
Knit first 6 rows in Moss Stitch as follows:
Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 2 (WS): *P1, K1*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Continue knitting in stocking stitch (knit right side (RS) rows, purl wrong side (WS) rows) until hat measures approximately 13cm from bottom.
Shape crown as follows:
Row 1: *K6, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Purl all WS rows.
Row 3: *K5, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 5: *K4, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 7: *K3, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 9: *K2, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 11: *K1, K2tog*, repeat * to * until end.
Row 12: K2tog until end.
Cut yarn to leave a long tail, and thread tail onto needle. Pass threaded needle through remaining stitches on the knitting needle (there should be 10 stitches) and pull tight. Use remaining thread on needle to stitch up the back seam of the hat. Sew in all ends neatly.
Method – Crochet Flower:
Please note: instructions are in English crochet terms.
Ch8 and join with a SS.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as 1tr), work into ring 1tr, *6ch, 3tr*, repeat * to * 4 more times, 6ch, 1tr, then join with a SS in the third chain of the 3ch at the beginning of the round.
Round 2: *1ch, then 1dc, 1htr, 7tr, 1htr, 1dc into the chain arch, 1ch, skip 1dc, SS into next dc,* repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Fasten off with a tail, and thread tail onto a needle. Use remaining tail to sew flower onto the hat in desired position. Sew in all ends neatly.
Method – Scarf:
Cast on 15 stitches.
Work every row in Moss Stitch as follows:
*K1, P1*, repeat * to * until end, K1.
Cast off once scarf is at desired length (mine was 82cms).
Method – Crochet Edge (Large Picot):
Please note: this edge should be worked in multiples of 3 plus 2.
Row 1 (WS facing): Work a row of dc along the edge of the scarf. Try to create 17 stitches.
Row 2 (RS facing): 1ch, 1dc into next dc of previous row, *ch5, SS into first ch of that 5ch, skip next dc, 2dc*, repeat * to * until end. Fasten off and sew in all ends.