Feb 29 2008
Because i said i would, (and people actually seem to want it), here is the pattern for the hat i knit up for the little man! it was cleverly named “TriceraTops” by AuntMartha on Ravelry, and i think it’s a perfect name! yeah!
Okay, i’m going to give you 2 sets of instructions….
one for knitting it little man size with the same weight yarn i used.
one for knitting it any size, with whatever yarn you want. (which will be given like this).
because i spin, i appreciate when people just give you a formula for a pattern, because usually i have NO idea what weight my yarn will be when i’m spinning it! plus, mommies need cool hats too!!!!
2yr old size (calculate your own size)
gauge= 4 stitches per inch (measure your gauge, x=stitches per inch)
heavy worsted yarn (use whatever yarn)
needles= size 5 circular or whatever you need for gauge (use needle that will produce a nice fabric, and measure gauge)
Cast on 76 stitches loosely (measure victim’s head, multiply measurement by x. then, subtract 1/2x. this will give you the number to cast on. ie. head measures 19.5″ times 4 stitches per inch = 78. 78 minus 2= 76)
next section, same for both toddler pattern and (calculate your own size pattern)
Round 1. Place marker to mark beginning of round, join in the round, Purl 1 round
Round 2. Knit 1 round
Round 3. Purl 1 round
Round 5-9. Repeat rows 2 & 3
Rounds 10-?. Knit in stockinette stitch until hat measures 6-6.5″ (knit in stockinette until it looks deep enough for victim’s noggin)
Now comes the tricky part. We are going to divide the top stitches into 3 different areas and kitchener stitch them together. Section 1 will be 24 stitches, Section 2 will be 26 stitches, and section 3 will be 26 stitches. (take number of stitches cast on, and divide in to 3 even numbered sections as close in stitch count as possible)
each section will be folded in half, and kitchener stitched together with itself. I found that having an extra double point needle around was helpful during this process, because i could slip half of the section on the double point, fold it so it’s lined up with the other needle, kitchener, and do it again on the next sections.
i will try to take photos of this, but the bad pictures are what i’ve got for now to help with this section. in the end you want your hat to look like this on top:
Look at hat and decide which section you want to be the front, and lay hat flat with the brim at the top, and front of hat to the right. Pick up 19 stitches, keeping in mind that ears are not directly in the center of your head when wearing a hat. (Take number of stitches cast on and divide by 4, and make it an odd number. This is the number of stitches you need to pick up ).
So you will want the center of these stitches to be further to the left, like this:
Row 2-6 knit (knit until earflap is 1/3 the length you’d like it to be)
Row 7. knit 1, SSK, knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. (same directions)
row 8-10 knit (knit next 3 rows)
Row 11. knit 1, SSK, knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1 (same directions)
Row 12. knit (same directions)
Continue repeating row 11 and 12 until you have 3 stitches left. knit an I cord until it is long enough to tie. (same directions)
Lay the hat flat with the brim up and the front to the left. pick up 19 stitches (the same number of stitches for last flap) centering the flap off to the right.
Follow same instructions as the Left earflap.
Weave in ends, put on victim, and enjoy!!!
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