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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Knit Hat

Hi,

I'm back in the good ol' USA today in Key West, Florida. My husband and I are going into the old part of town for lunch, some shopping, mail two hats home to my daughter, and definitely some picture taking. Our favorite souvenirs when we travel are the digital images we capture. My husband has a Canon 7D and I have a Canon 50D.

There is a yarn shop in the old part of Key West, but I haven't been in there. I've walked past a number of times and there has always been a "closed" sign on the door. Perhaps today.

Here's the knit hat I mentioned yesterday. This hat was designed as a helmet hat with no brim and no frills. It's so simple and so easy that it's a joy to make in just a few hours. Use it as it is, change it, add to it. Just enjoy.

It's fun to have a quick project between bigger ones. Until she changed schools, I made many, many small items for my granddaughter's school for her craft fair every year. I also donate items to my daughter's AKC dog club for their fund raising events.

Rib Knit Helmet Hat

Materials:
Size 9, 24” circular needles
Size 9 double pointed needles
#2 fine Patons Lacette acrylic yarn 1.75 oz, 1 skein
#4 knitting worsted weight acrylic yarn, about 3 ounces
stitch marker
yarn needle

Size: 22” adult medium head size

Gauge in Stockinette: 16 st = 4”, 20 rows = 4”

Notes: Hold one strand of each yarn together throughout. The combination of the two yarns adds softness and texture to your resulting fabric. Alternative yarn can be any #5 weight yarn.

Cast on 80 stitches. Work in round being careful not to twist. Place marker at beginning of round.

K4, p4 until piece measures 7”. This hat is designed to be a helmet hat; if you want a turn-back brim on your hat, work to 10”.

Begin decrease for crown. Change to double pointed needles when needed:

Round 1: *K 4. P 2 tog twice over the next 4 p stitches. (2 decreases made) Repeat from * around.

Round 2: Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches

Round 3: Knit the knit stitches, p 2 tog each set of 2 p st.

Rounds 4 and 5: repeat round 2

Cut yarn 18 “ from work and thread into yarn needle. Thread through remaining stitches, pull closed and make a few stitches to hold in place. Pull yarn tail inside.

Add a pom pom if desired.

Enjoy!

Lois

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