Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Once Upon a Time...

In a land far, far away lived a little girl who had no hair. Or, at least not for the first year of her life. So unknowing people, if she wasn't wearing pink, would call her a boy. Or, more specifically, they would ask her older brother about his "baby brother". People. Anyway, her mother decided to knit something with the pretty, lone skein of Cherry Tree Hill Cotton Boucle in "Old Rose". What do you know, it still fits her and she's now 20 months old.

Here's the pattern...please for personal use only. Copyright 2006, 2007.


6 months – 20 months

9 inches in diameter

Cherry Tree Hill Cotton Boucle; 170 yards per 4 oz skein; Old Rose; 1 skein

1 set(s) US #4/3.5mm double-point needles
16-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle

notions required
darning needle
stitch marker

5.5 sts/7.5 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

SSK decrease: Slip two stitches at the same time as if to knit, then put the left needle into the front of the two stitches and knit them together from this position.

CO 80 stitches, join in the round and mark the first stitch. Work knit two, purl two 2x2 rib for 1.5 inches.

Increase Row: Increase 20 sts evenly around by adding a fifth stitch for every four stitches you knit.

Increase Row: Increase another 20 sts evenly around by adding a 6th stitch for every five stitches you knit (use your chosen increase, but I like to knit into the stitch below) 120 stitches.

Work evenly for 2.5 inches, start slowly decreasing using the following method:

Round 1:*Knit 10, SSK* continue around
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *Knit 9, SSK* continue around
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *Knit 8, SSK* continue around
Round 6: Knit

Continue decreasing in this manner, placing a knit row between each decrease row, and switching to double pointed needles when needed. End with SSK around.


When five stitches remain, cut the yarn with at least six inches remaining, and using a darning needle, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches and cinch them up, pulling the yarn to the inside of the hat. Secure.

Machine wash and wear with reckless abandon.


Anonymous said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing your pattern.

Anonymous said...

How cute! That girl is adorable.

We have the same problem with our little girl being mistaken for a boy. Funny because people used to always think our son was a girl. Anyway...I guess I should make a pink hat! Thanks for the pattern!

Dipsy D. said...

My gosh, what a cutie your little girl is, she's so adorable!
And so is the hat you made - thank you so much for sharing the pattern!