Free Baby Hat Project of the Month: October

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Super-Easy Seed Stitch Topper

Design by Kara Gott Warner

Make and donate this easy topper to a charity that is near and dear to your heart! This hat is perfect for kids or adults. Add a whimsical pompom to the top for a bit of fun!

Skill Level
Easy

Sizes
Small (medium, large) to fit average child (woman, man) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 18 (20, 22) inches (stretched slightly)
Height: 8 (8 1/2, 8 1/2) inches

Materials

  • Plymouth Yarn Galway Chunky (chunky weight; 100% wool; 123 yds/100g per ball): 1 ball each violet #141 (A) and mustard #60 (B) (girl's), mustard #60 (A) and turquoise #149 (B) (boy's) or orange #91 (adult's)
  • Size 10 (6mm) 16-inch circular and double-point needles (set of 4) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker

Gauge
12 sts and 16 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes

Do not cut yarns when alternating between A and B.
This hat can also be made in one color by omitting instructions for changing colors.
Change to double-point needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably on the circular needle.

Pattern Stitch
Moss Stitch (odd number of sts)
Rnd 1: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * around. Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for pat.

Hat

With circular needle and A, cast on 55 (61, 67) sts; pm for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.
With A, work 4 rnds Moss St.
With B, knit 3 rnds.
With A, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd.
With B, knit 3 rnds.
With A, knit 1 rnd.
With A, work 4 rnds Moss St.
With B, knit 3 rnds.
With A, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd.

Sizes Medium & Large Only

With B, knit 3 rnds.
With A, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd.
With A, work 4 rnds Moss St.

Shape Crown

Rnd 1: With B, [k7 (8, 9), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 49 (55, 61) sts.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: [K6 (7, 8), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 43 (49, 55) sts.
Rnd 4: With A, knit.
Rnds 5-8: Work Moss St.
Rnd 9: With B, [k5 (6, 7), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 37 (43, 49) sts.
Rnd 10: Knit.
Rnd 11: [K4 (5, 6), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 31 (37, 43) sts.
Rnd 12: With A, knit.
Rnd 13: Purl. At end of rnd, cut A.
Rnd 14: With B, [k3, (4, 5), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 25 (31, 37) sts.
Rnd 15: Knit.
Rnd 16: [K2 (3, 4), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 19 (25, 31) sts.
Rnd 17: Knit.
Rnd 18: [K1 (2, 3), k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 13 (19, 25) sts.

Size Small Only

Rnd 19: [K2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 7 sts.

Size Medium Only

Rnd 19: [K1, k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 13 sts.
Rnd 20: [K2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 7 sts.

Size Large Only

Rnd 19: [K2, k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 19 sts.
Rnd 20: [K1, k2tog] 6 times, k1 -- 13 sts.
Rnd 21: [K2tog] 6 times, k1-7 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight.

Finishing
Weave in all ends.
Optional: Make pompom and sew to top of hat.

Pompoms
Cut two cardboard circles in size specified in pattern. Cut a hole in the center of each circle, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Thread a tapestry needle with a length of yarn doubled. Holding both circles together, insert needle through center hole, over the outside edge, through center again (Figure 1) until entire circle is covered and center hole is filled (thread more length of yarn as needed).

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With sharp scissors, cut yarn between the two circles all around the circumference(Figure 2).

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Using two 12-inch strands of yarn, slip yarn between circles and overlap yarn ends two or three times (Figure 3) to prevent knot from slipping, pull tightly and tie into a firm knot. Remove cardboard and fluff out pompom by rolling it between your hands. Trim even with scissors, leaving tying ends for attaching pompom to project.

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