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The Simple Striped Hat in 3-6 month size.

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This Simple Striped Hat is a great introduction to knitting with two colors for someone who hasn't done it before. Change colors every round during the main body of the hat for a cute look that's really easy to do.

You can pick two shades that are pretty close together in color like I did or choose two with more contrast for a different look.

Materials:

  • about 52 (62, 71, 80, 84) yards of two colors of medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe in Eucalyptus and Mermaid); you'll need slightly more of color A than color B
  • one set of size 8 US (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

5 stitches and 7 rounds per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

12 (14.5, 16, 17.5, 19) inches around; to fit a newborn (3-6 month old, 6-12 month old, toddler, child) Size shown is 3-6 months. Instructions are given for smallest size first with larger sizes in parentheses.

Instructions for Hat:

  1. Using color A, cast on 60 (72, 80, 88, 96) stitches. Divide onto three or four double-pointed needles and join in round.
  2. Using just color A, work knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  3. Change to color B and Stockinette Stitch. Alternate colors every round until piece measures about 4.5 (5, 6, 7, 7.5) inches, ending with color A.
  4. Continue changing colors every round as the crown shaping begins. For newborn size, knit 4, knit 2 together around. All other sizes, knit 6, knit 2 together around. 50 (63, 70, 77, 84) stitches.
  5. Knit 2 rounds with no decreasing.
  6. For newborn size, knit 3, k2tog around; all other sizes, knit 5, k2tog around. 40 (54, 60, 66, 72) stitches.
  7. Knit 1 round.
  8. For newborn size, knit 2, k2tog around; all other sizes knit 4, k2tog around. 30 (45, 50, 55, 60) stitches.
  9. From here, work only with color B. For newborn size, knit 1, k2tog around; all other sizes knit 3, k2tog around. 20 (36, 40, 44, 48) stitches.
  10. Newborn size, k2tog around; all other sizes knit 2, k2tog around. 10 (27, 30, 33, 36) stitches.
  11. For newborn size, cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle and pull remaining stitches through. Weave in ends. For other sizes, knit 1, k2tog around. 18 (20, 22, 24) stitches.
  12. K2tog around. 9 (10, 11, 12) stitches.
  13. Cut yarn, thread onto a yarn needle, pull remaining stitches through and weave in ends.
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