Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas Hat

The Preemie Project needs over 100 Christmas/Winter themed hat and bootie sets for the next donation on 12/16 (mail by date is 12/9), so I've been busy knitting Santa Hats. I've used this pattern and this one. They are both really cute, but take a little longer to knit than a regular hat because you knit the top long enough to flop over. As I knitted these I began to realize that I would not be able to finish all the hats (not to mention the blankets) that I've committed myself to making in the next two weeks, so I came up with a Christmas hat that is faster to knit.

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Yarn: Bernat Soft Boucle' in white (contrasting color)
Caron Simply Soft worsted weight in red (main color)

Needles: US size 7 dpns

Gauge: 5 sts = 1"

Finished circumference 8" (10", 12")
To fit a baby: 1-3 lbs (3-5 lbs, 6-8 lbs)

Cast on 40 (48, 56) sts. in contrasting color. Divide stitches as evenly as possible on three needles. Join in the round. Knit until hat measures 1-1/2" (1-1/2", 1-1/2") from cast on edge. (The measurement for this part is approximate. I tried to knit the brim just long enough so it would roll, but not show where the new yarn is joined on the wrong side.)

Change to main color and knit until hat measures 3-1/2" (4", 4-1/2") from cast on edge. Begin decreases.

Decrease Rounds:
Rnd 1 *K6, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 2 K
Rnd 3 *K5, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 4 K
Rnd 5 *K4, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 6 K
Rnd 7 *K3, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 8 K
Rnd 9 *K2, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 10 K
Rnd 11 *K1, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 12 K
Rnd 13 K2tog around
Rnd 14 K

Cut yarn leaving an end for sewing top. Pull through remaining stitches and draw up tightly to secure. Fasten off. Make a pom-pom from contrasting color and attach to top. Weave in all ends.
Copyright 2005 by Tracy Batchelder
For charitable and personal use only.

Please consider making one of these hats for The Preemie Project. Even though I did my best to be accurate with the instructions, it is possible that I made a mistake as I am still working out all the details.


  1. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Tracy, I LOVE THAT HAT!!! That is so neat! You did a great job with this one. I'll have to try converting this to a two-needle project (not so good with the dpns yet!). Wonderful pattern!

    1. Jan.. Addi turbo circular needles are out there in various sizes and in various lengths. I am not fond of dpns and I've been knitting for 40 yrs. However, they are pricey.

  2. What an adorable hat!!! I'm focusing on the winter themed items. You've also inspired me to try the burial wraps. All your items turn out so well! Bravo!

  3. Cute cute cute! Now I have a new nephew being born in the next couple of weeks who needs a hat like that, don't you think? I even think I have red and white yarn! Off to search the stash.

  4. What a fantastic hat! Seriously, everything you make is so creative! I'll definitely find some yarn and give your pattern a try.

  5. wonderful! what a great idea and a great pattern. I need to find the time to make a few!

  6. Anonymous3:00 PM

    That's really cute! I don't know how to knit :-( (yet? :-) ) or I might try to make one.

    I like your site, you make me want to learn to knit.
    Thanks for your comments on my blog, I'm glad you came to visit!

    Kim ~ weavingmajor's sister

  7. Anonymous9:49 AM

    that's a cute hat. I'd knit some for you if I knew how!

    --Kelly (Kim's sister, see above) ;-)

  8. Anonymous12:36 PM

    This hat is so cute cute CUTE! Love how the white boucle came out. I just know I can't get any preemie project stuff done for holidays this time. You'd think I wouldn't feel badly about it since I just had a baby but I feel like such a slacker seeing the commitment that you make to the project. :)

  9. i whipped one of these up last night - it's so quick and easya, thanks for sharing it!

  10. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Absolutely Adorable! I admire your generosity of time, cloth and yarn.

  11. Oh my gosh! That hat is so sweet! I don't have any red or white, but I may need to try that with some purple and turquiose! I can't wait!

  12. Just thought I'd let you know your photo isn't showing up anymore.

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