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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Whimsical Tassel Hat Pattern

I've just finished the last pre-planned Christmas gift. That is not to say that I won't come up with something last minute that I "simply must make" for this or that person. But I may just be finished with Christmas knitting. And the last gift on my list to be completed is...(drum roll here) Ta-Da!

Isn't it adorable? It makes me think of a propeller hat. I had the pattern in my "pattern stash" and it appears it was copied from a book at some point. I'm sorry that I do not even know what book but when I ran across this pattern, I knew just for whom I should make it. It is for a little nine year old girl in our life, a pink-loving little girl. The pattern is written for an adult so I had to decide how to change it for a small nine year old. We will see at Christmas time if I was successful.

I searched on Ravelry and couldn't find anything like it. So, I think I will just type up the pattern here, in case any one else wants to make one. I think lots of ladies, young & old, would love to wear it, maybe in different colors. Of course, some would not be caught dead in it. :^)

Worsted yarn (3½ oz/100 g balls, each ~ 223 yd/205 m (wool)
  • 1 ball for "underneath color" (color A)
  • 1 ball for brim and tassels (color B)
Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16"/40 cm long (or size to obtain gauge.
One set of 4 double-pointed needles, size 7 (4.5 mm)
Stitch Marker

[NOTE: for the little girl's size, I used size 6 needle, 16" circular needles and size 6 DPN's]

Sizes Medium (Large)

Finished Circumference 19½ (22)"/49.5 (56) cm

20 sts and 24 rounds to 4"/10 cm over St st using size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle. 
22 sts and 26 rounds to 4"/10cm over k3, p3 rib (slightly stretch) using size 7 (4.5mm) circular needle

inc = Knit into front and back of stitch to increase

Note: Hat is worked from the crown downward 

With dpn and color A, cast on 12 sts, leaving a long tail for sewing up top "hole." Divide sts over 3 needles. Join, taking care not to twist sts on needles, pm for beg of rnds.

Rnd 1 and all odd rnds Knit.
Rnd 2   *K1, inc in next st; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Rnd 4   *K2, inc in next st; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 6   *K3, inc in next st; rep from * around - 30 sts.
Rnd 8   *K4, inc in next st; rep from * around - 36 sts.
Rnd 10 *K5, inc in next st; rep from * around - 42 sts.
Rnd 12 *K6, inc in next st; rep from * around - 46 sts.
Rnd 14 *K7, inc in next st; rep from * around - 54 sts.

Continue in same sequence, by working one more k st before inc every other round 9 (11) times more 108 (120) sts. [NOTE: For little girl's hat, I stopped at 96 stitches.] Change to circular needles. Work even for 3"/7.5 cm. Change to color B, Knit next round.

Next round, begin ribbing by: k3, p3 for 4 (4½)"/10 (11.5)cm. Turn hat WS out.

Next (Bind off) round Sl 1, k2, *bind off next 3 purl sts, k2; rep from * around sing the first st of the next rnd to complete the last 3 st bind off.

First I-cord
Place first 3 sts on circular needle on a single dpn. Work in I-cord as follows: (The inside of the brim will be the RS of your work for the I-cords, so that when the brim is folded correctly, the right side of the I-cord will be outward.)
*Next row With 2nd dpn, k3, do not turn. Slide sts back to beg of needle to work next row; rep from * until I-cord measures 11-12"/28-30.5 cm from beginning of I-cord. Cut yarn leaving a 6:/15.5 cm tail. Thread tail in tapestry needle, then thread through rem sts. Pull tog tightly and secure end.

Second I-cord
Place next 3 sts on circular needle on a dpn. Join B and cont to work as for first I-cord. Cont in this manner until 16 (18) rem I-cords are completed. (Total: 18 (20) I-cords) Weave in all ends of the I-cords. [NOTE: Total I-cords for little girl's hat will be 16.]

Finish by threading beg tail into tapestry needle. Weave tail around opening at top of crown. Pull tog tightly and secure end. Cut a 24"/61 cm strand of B. Thread into tapestry needle and use doubled. 
Working 4½/11.5 cm from end of I-cords and from right to left, insert needle through each I-cord. Pull tog tightly, secure end but do not cut yarn. wrap yarn twice around bundle and secure end. [NOTE: For little girl's hat, I had to figure out where I wanted the fold in the brim to be and then what length of the I-cord was needed to cover the hat. For my I-cords, it was about 5" from the END of the I-cords.]

So, that is the pattern for this whimsical hat. If any of you make one, I'd love to hear from you and maybe see a picture of it.


P.S. I continually hear from my Facebook friends and from my local friends that they try to leave a comment on my blog posts but are not able to. One of them recently said that she has a gmail account so she used her information to log in so she could leave a comment, but it all disappeared. Comments are a real encouragement for a blogger - we blog on-line partly to interact with people interested in our interests. If any of you have any ideas on what I can tell my friends, please let me know here. Thank you very much.

Whimsical Tassel Hat being blocked
Almost dry hat on the "blocking balloon


  1. This hat is so crazy! :) Love it!

  2. Your little friend will love her new hat.

    As for comments - I have never had any problem leaving a comment on your blog but sometimes on other blogs I find it very difficult. I'm afraid I don't know what the cause - or solution - is.


Thanks for the encouragement of your comments.