Dee: A dear friend is welcoming her first grandchild this month around Halloween. I designed this sweet little hat for her little pumpkin to wear on the way home from the hospital.
Lil’ Punkin’ Hat
Size: around 6 months
- 100 yards of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in orange.
- small amount of brown worsted weight yarn
- US size 6 needles in both a 16-inch circular and dpns
- stitch marker
Cast on 72 stitches. Join in the round and knit 5 rows in stockinette stitch.
On round 6 begin pattern (K8, P1)* repeating round until hat measures 4.5-inches from cast on edge.
Row 1: (K2tog, k4, ssk , p1)*
Row 2: (k2tog, k2, ssk, p1)*
Row 3: (k2tog, ssk, p1)*
Row 4: (k2tog, p1)*
Row 5: (k2tog)* 8 stitches remain at the end of row. Break orange yarn and begin using brown yarn. You can begin knitting as you would an I-cord.
Rows 6-9: Using brown yarn. Knit 4 rows.
Row 10: (K2tog, k1)* repeat twice, k2tog. 5 stitches remain.
Rows 11-13: Knit.
Row 14: K2tog twice, k1. 3 stitches remain.
Row 15-16: knit
Row 17: Cast off remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
Dee: My favorite season has finally arrived! Football season! I needed a Green Bay Packers hat so I designed a beginner friendly hat pattern that highlights one of my favorite yarns from Lorna’s Laces. Lorna’s Laces dyes up exclusive regional colorways for yarn shops. This hat is a quick knit in their Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky. I picked up my Go Packers! colorway at Stitches Midwest from Yarns By Design. The yarn is dyed half one color and half another and not in a way that creates stripes of each color. Wanting to knit a hat without any strange pooling of colors I decided a short row hat would be the way to go. I immediately loved the way the colors were working out. If you would like to knit a hat with a brim I would suggest casting on another ten stitches or so. This is such a quick knit that you’d probably have it done by halftime!
Go Pack! Hat
- One skein Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky (140 yards per skein)
- US 10 1/2 needles
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Cast on 28 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all 28 stitches. Turn.
Row 2: Knit 20 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.
Row 3: Knit 22 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.
Row 4: Knit 24 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.
Row 5: Knit 26 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.
Row 6: Knit all 28 stitches. Turn
Repeat these rows ten (10) more times for a total of eleven (11) repeats ending with a Row 6, then cast off leaving a long tail. Fold knitted piece in half and sew the two edges together with the long tail to form the hat. Use the short tail from your cast on edge to close the top of the hat. A pom-pom on top might be a fun addition. Happy knitting!
EDIT: Additional instruction added on 8/27/15. Oops, my bad!
Dee: Yes, I have too much yarn and no that never deters me from looking at more yarn. An outing with gal pal Terry proved to be very fruitful and so this is how I came to find a couple of beautiful skeins of Araucania Cau Cau at Knitche. The skeins were different colors but that didn’t stop me because I am the self anointed queen of the single skein. I just knew I would find the perfect project for this yummy yarn…but as I searched I discovered that nothing out there really was what I had envisioned so I began to tinker and came up with this gorgeous little Missoni inspired piece of neck wear that I call the Jagged Little Cowl.
Jagged Little Cowl
- Two skeins of Araucania Cau Cau in complimenting shades. Color A is 7 and color B is 8.
- US 9 circular needle
- One stitch maker
With color A….. CO 144 stitches (a multiple of 12) and joined in the round and proceed as follows:
Purl one round. Switch to color B and knit one round. Purl next round then switch to color A and proceed with the following patterned rows changing colors after row 2.
Row 1: (K1, yo, K4, Sl1-K2tog-psso, K4, yo)
Row 2: Knit
I switched colors after every knit row and carried the yarn up as I went. Work until piece is 12 inches long ending with a row 2 worked in color B.
Using color A purl one round then knit one round.
Using color B purl one round then cast off using a stretchy cast off.
Block lightly rounding out the scallops.