Monday, January 7, 2013

Knit Hat Patterns (and a BIG link to other great stuff)

My sister makes me the best hats for my angels.  Darling, soft, perfectly knitted, and STRETCHY.  Stretchy is the key, folks.  It's super important when trying to get these on to fragile heads to have some give.  I've received a few crochet hats that are reasonably so, but I have found that hands down, the knit ones stretch the best.  Amy shared her patterns with me.  I'm not a knitter, so they're meaningless gibberish to me, but hopefully some of you smart knitty type people will understand it.


Small Hat With Basket Weave
(5.5 inches in diameter)
Fingering weight yarn, #2 or #3 needles.
Cast on 48 stitches.  K1 P1 first row.  Repeat 7 rows.  K2 P2 one row, repeat on second row.  P2 K2 one row, repeat on second row. Repeat this pattern 2 more times.  K2tog, P2, repeat to the end of the row. K1 P2 one row.  P1, K2tog, repeat to end of the row.  P1 K1 one row. K1 P1 two rows. K2tog, P2tog one row.  Bind off.


This pattern can be made larger by adding on stiches in multiples of 4, and making extra rows before decreasing.
Medium Small Hat
(6.5 inches in diameter)
Fingering weight yarn, #2 or #3 needles.
Cast on 56 stitches.  K1 P1 first row.  Repeat 7 rows.  Knit with stockingette stitch for an aditional 1 and 1/4 inches.  Begin decrease.  K6, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K5, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K4, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K3, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  K2, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  K1, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Bind off.

Medium Hat
(7. inches in diameter)
Fingering weight yarn, #2 or #3 needles.
Cast on 64 stitches.  K1P1 first row.  Repeat 8 rows. Knit with stockingette stitch for an aditional 1 and 3/4 inches.  Begin decrease.  K6, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K5, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K4, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round.  K3, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Knit one plain round. K2, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  K1, K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  K2tog, repeat for the rest of the row.  Bind off.

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I was forwarded a GREAT LINK today to a newsletter from Care Wear that is chock full of fantastic knit and crochet patterns for hats, booties, buntings, gowns, bonnets, and blankets.  Go take a look!

4 comments:

  1. could you please list some hats that use a six or seven needle? that is the smallest I have.

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  2. @Linda McNeely: Using size 6 knitting needles (I use both Hiya Hiya 12" circulars for in the round knitting or Knitpicks 24" circulars for flat knitting- this hat can be done either way) and #3 light weight baby yarn (I use Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp which I purchase at Hobby Lobby) cast on 40 stitches and work about an inch of 2x2 ribbing. Work approximately 4" of stockinette stitch and then decrease as follows: Row 1: knit 3, k2tog repeat to end. Row 2: knit 2, k2tog repeat to end Row 3: knit 1, k2tog repeat to end. Row 4: K2tog across. Repeat Row 4 until you have about 10 stitches left on the needle. (when you are working in the round just work row 4 until you start to struggle with getting the k2tog stitches off the needle but as close to 10 stitches as you can get) Then cut about 4 inches of tail. Put the tail through a tapestry needle and then slip all the remaining stitches onto the tapestry needle and pull tight, then work a small knot at the very top of the hat. Feed the needle to the wrong side and put another small knot then weave the tail in. This should give you a perfect preemie hat. You can increase or decrease by multiples of 4 to make a larger or smaller hat, making sure your cast on allows for the 2x2 ribbing section to start with 2 knits and end with 2 purls. Hope this helps.

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  3. o.k. I purchased a small circular set which has size five through nine or ten anyway the needles are too long to go around with only fourty stitches on them. there is no way I can join them . is there a certain brand of needle that one needs to do these little hats.?

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    1. Try Hiya Hiya 12" circular sharp stainless steels. I use size 6 they are perfect to do three sizes of these preemie hats casting on 40, 44 or 48 stitches. (The bigger the size of the needle the less stitches you cast on). I bought mine on Amazon and they cost around $10.00 a set. Chiaogoo is another good brand. There are a few tutorials on Youtube which show how to use these tiny needles but once you get used to them, you fly! I hope this helps.

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