Baby Hats

Hats ©Linda Butler 2012

Size: Preemie or Small 0-3mths
Circumference approx 11″, Height approx 5¼”.

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn (shown in Caron One Pound Yarn), Size US9/UK5/5.5mm needles.

Gauge: 4sts/5rows to 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch.

Pattern Stitch: Keep the first and last stitches as edge stitches (I like to slip the first st of every row and knit the last st.).
Row 1: S1, *K1, P1 Repeat from * to end
Row 2: S1, Knit to end

Girl’s Bonnet
Bonnet ©Linda Butler 2012

Instructions: Cast on 39 sts and work 4 rows of Knit (garter st).
Change to pattern stitch and work until piece measures approx 4″ from the beginning, ending with a Pattern Row 1.
Place a marker after the 13th stitch at each end leaving 13 stitches in the center.
Maintain pattern and work the following shaping row:
S1, Knit 26sts, K2tog tbl, turn S1, Rib 13sts, P2tog, turn
S1, Knit 13sts, K2tog tbl, turn
Continue working the last shaping row until 4 stitches remain after each marker.
Next Row: S1, Knit 13sts, K2tog tbl, K2tog tbl, turn
S1, Rib 13sts, P2tog, P2tog, turn S1, K2tog tbl, continue to the end of the row 8sts.

Finishing: I used the applied I-cord technique from knitting daily to finish off the lower edge.
With Right Side of work facing pick up 12sts along each side of the 8 center back sts, onto a spare needle.
On a double pointed needle Cast On 3 sts,
Slide the 3sts to the opposite end of the dpn and knit 3sts.
Next Row: Knit 2 I-cord stitches, slip 1 st from the spare needle to the dpn, knit together with the last I-cord stitch through the back loop.
Slide the 3sts to the opposite end of the dpn and repeat the last row until 4 stitches remain.

“Chin Strap” Knit every row on the remaining 4sts for 3″.
Buttonhole Row: With Right Side facing S1, K1, yarn forward, K2tog, K1tbl,
Knit 1 row.
S1, K2tog tbl, K2tog, (3sts)
Knit 1 row,
S1, K2tog, Pass Slip Stitch Over, (1sts)
Cut yarn thread through remaining stitch, weave in end, sew on button.

Boy’s Helmet
Helmet ©Linda Butler 2012

Instructions: Cast on 51sts, Place split ring, safety pin or waste yarn markers as follows:
Center back 6sts, Earflap 11sts, Front 16sts, Earflap 11sts, Back 7sts.
Join to work in the round by slipping the last stitch over the first, work 4 rows of Knit (garter st) approx ½”.
Change to pattern stitch and work until piece measures approx 4″, from the beginning.

Shape Top: P2tog to last st K1, K one row, (26sts)
P2tog to end, K one row, (13sts)
P2tog to last st K1, K one row, (8sts)
K1, (K2tog, K1) to end (34sts)
Cut yarn long enough to thread through remaining stitches on needle and stitch center back seam if worked on two needles.

Earflaps: (Slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch through the back loop for even edges).

Left Earflap: With wrong side of work facing Pick up and knit 13sts between “Earflap Markers”,
Knit 2 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K7, K2tog, K1tbl, (11sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K5, K2tog, K1tbl, (9sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K3, K2tog, K1tbl, (7sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K1, K2tog, K1tbl, (5sts)
Knit 25 rows (Total 40 rows, approx 5″).
Buttonhole Row: With Right Side facing S1, K1, yarn forward, K2tog, K1tbl,
Knit 1 row,
S1, K2tog tbl, K2tog, (3sts)
Knit 1 row,
S1, K2tog, Pass Slip Stitch Over, (1sts)
Cut yarn thread through remaining stitch, weave in end.

Right Earflap: With wrong side of work facing Pick up and knit 13sts between “Earflap Markers”,
Knit 2 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K7, K2tog, K1tbl, (11sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K5, K2tog, K1tbl, (9sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K3, K2tog, K1tbl, (7sts)
Knit 3 rows, S1, K2tog tbl, K1, K2tog, K1tbl, (5sts)
Knit 9 rows (Total 24 rows, approx 3″)
Bind Off and weave in end, sew on button.

Unisex Beanie
Beanie ©Linda Butler 2012

Instructions: Cast on 51sts, Join to work in the round by slipping the last stitch over the first stitch.
Work 4 rows of Knit (garter st) approx ½”.
Change to pattern stitch and work until piece measures approx 4½”, from the beginning.

Shape Top: P2tog to last st K1, K one row, (26sts)
P2tog to end, K one row, (13sts)
P2tog to last st K1, K one row, (8sts)
K1, (K2tog, K1) to end (34sts).
Cut yarn long enough to thread through remaining stitches on needle weave in ends.

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