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Celebrate - Knit
» photos: Brandy Fortune

Celebrate - Knit

By Carey Huffman
Easy

Party time! Did you know that Petite Purls and my son just turned one? What better way to celebrate than with a simple, fun, handmade gift? The hat will last long past the cake so you can bring it out for each birthday and start a new tradition.

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Size

Height: approximately 7 inches
Base: 14" circumference

Materials

Blue Sky Alpacas™ Worsted Cotton [100% Cotton; 150 yards/137 meters per 3.53 ounce/50 gram hank];

#628 Azul - 1/2 hank
#629 Ladybug - 1/2 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US size #7/4.5 mm (set of 5 dpns or long circular needle for magic loop method)

Notions

yarn needle
plastic canvas at least 14 x 7 inches
washable fabric marker
printer
marker
scissors
12 inches of 1/5 inch thick white elastic ribbon
sewing needle
white sewing thread

Gauge

16 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

Safety Notice: Do not let small children under the age of 3 play with the hat unsupervised because chin straps could pose strangulation risk.
This hat is knit in two layers and then joined together with a plastic canvas core for stability.

Skills Required

Casting on, binding off, k2t


INSTRUCTIONS

OUTER HAT

With MC cast on 56 sts using a provisional cast on. Divide sts into fourths for double point or divide them in half across circular needle for magic loop.
Join to start working in rounds being careful not to twist sts.

Rnd 1: Knit around.
For magic loop only: Place a marker between the 14th & 15th sts and the 42nd and 43rd sts.
Rnds 2 and 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: * Knit to 2 sts before marker or end of dpn, k2tog; repeat from * around: 52 sts.
Rnd 5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: * Knit to 2 sts before marker or end of dpn, k2tog; repeat from * around: 48 sts.
Rnds 7 and 8: Knit around.
Rnds 9-33: Repeat Rnds 4-8 five times: 8 sts.
Round 34: K2tog around: 4 sts.
Round 35: Knit around.
Break yarn leaving a 10 inch tail. Thread yarn needle with tail and weave through remaining sts. Pull tight to close hole.

RUFFLED EDGE

Carefully transfer sts from provisional cast on to needles, dividing sts for magic loop or dpns.
Rnd 1: With CC knit around.
Rnd 2: Kfb around: 112 sts.
Rnd 3: *K1, kfb repeat from * around: 168 sts.
Bind off all sts.

LINER

With CC cast on 56 sts. Divide sts into fourths for double point or divide them in half across circular needle for magic loop.
Join to start working in rounds being careful not to twist sts.
Complete same as Outer Hat beg with Rnd 1.

Celebrate - Crochet

FINISHING

Print template out and cut along lines. Trace shape out with marker on plastic canvas and cut out. Roll canvas into a tight cone and place inside cap. Relax your grip on the cone and let it unfurl until it fills the hat. There should be approximately 2.5 inch overlap at the base. Make a mark to show how much overlap you need. With embroidery floss and needle, use a running stitch to sew the plastic canvas into the cone shape. Place cone back inside Outer Hat.
Flip Liner inside out and then place it inside the cone. The purl side should be facing the cone and knit side should be visible inside the hat. Using a whip stitch, sew the bottom edge of the Liner along the inside of the hat where the color changes from MC to CC.
Weave in all ends. Add a 13/8 inch CC pompom to the top of the hat.
Cut a 36 inch length of CC and thread yarn needle. Tie knot at end of thread. Bring needle up from inside of hat through all 3 layers to the outside of the hat. Wrap yarn around the needle three times and push needle back down through layers right next to where it came out to form a french knot. While carrying yarn along the back, continue working french knots approximately 1 inch apart all over the hat.
Cut 12 inches of elastic ribbon. Using sewing needle and thread, sew ends of ribbon to the liner on opposite sides inside the hat 1/2 inch from the edge.

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Carey Huffman

Carey Huffman is obsessed with making fun things. Toys are her passion and she has participated in several plush art exhibits. Recently becoming a mother has inspired her to make fun and practical children's clothing. You can read more about her crafting and her family life on her blog.

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