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Knit Crown

My little girl loves her knit crown!

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This knit crown is such a simple pattern it's easy to adapt it to whatever size head you might want to wear it, from a newborn on up to an adult. This will work best if you have the head in question handy so you can measure it, otherwise check out the standards for head sizes and know that you'll get pretty close to the right size.

Materials:

  • yarn: I used about 40 yards of Red Heart Sport for my crown, sized to fit a toddler (almost 3); you will need more or less depending on the size of your head, but even the biggest one shouldn't take more than 50 yards of light weight yarn (you can also use medium if you prefer)
  • needles: use a size that corresponds to the yarn you're using; I used size 8 US (5mm)
  • tape measure: to measure head and length of crown

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical so long as the crown you knit comes out the right size for the head you're knitting it for. I got about 5 stitches and 8 rows per inch in Garter Stitch.

Instructions:

Piece is worked sideways from the back of the head around to the front and back again. General instructions are given, followed by my actual pattern used for the toddler sized crown shown.

The portion of the hat with the crown-like triangles is 10 inches long as I knit it. If you want yours to be longer, increase a few more times before beginning your decreases on each section. Otherwise the only thing you will adjust will be the length of the band that runs around the back of the head.

  1. Cast on 10, or number needed for the width of your choice.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch half of the distance needed to cover the part of the head that won't be covered by the 10-inch "crown" section.
  3. Next row, knit 1, make 1, knit across. Knit the next row.
  4. Repeat these 2 rows until you have 16 stitches or height of your choice.
  5. Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit across. Knit the next row.
  6. Repeat these 2 rows until you're back to 10 stitches.
  7. Repeat increase rows until you have 20 stitches or height of your choice.
  8. Repeat decrease rows until you have 10 stitches.
  9. Repeat increase rows until you have 16 stitches or height or your choice.
  10. Repeat decrease rows until you have 10 stitches.
  11. Work in Garter Stitch the same length as the portion before the crown shaping.
  12. Bind off. Sew cast on and bind off edges together. Weave in ends.

My Pattern:

I cast on 10 stitches, knit for 4 inches, worked the crown section (10 inches) and knit another 4 inches to fit my daughter's somewhat small head. Yarn is stretchy, and making this crown a half inch to an inch smaller than the actual head circumference will help it stay on better.

Embellishment Options:

My crown is plain so far but it's kind of begging for some decoration, isn't it? You could simply embroider some lazy daisies on the surface, sew on some cute buttons, add some beads, cut shapes out of felt and glue them on with fabric glue. There's almost no limit to the fun you can have decorating and wearing this fun crown.

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