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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. :^)

Materials
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

Gauges
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

Definition
inc = Knit into front and back of stitch to increase

Note: Hat is worked from the crown downward 

Crown
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.

Brim
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.

Enjoy!

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


2 comments:

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

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  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.

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Thanks for the encouragement of your comments.