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Sprout Baby Hat

Sprout Baby Hat modeled by baby Anna.

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A Hat to Grow on:

The super-cute Sprout Baby Hat is really a very easy project that just has a couple of fun embellishments thrown in. There's a picot edge and a topper made from I-cord with a cute little leaf sprouting out of the top of the hat.

This is a great project to highlight a bit of a really nice yarn, like this handspun and handpainted treasure from Midnightsky Fibers.

Materials:

  • about 110 yards of a light weight wool yarn or fiber of your choice (I used some Midnightsky Fibers Rockfish from my stash)
  • set of 4 or 5 size 5 US double-pointed knitting needles (alternatively, use two circular needles)
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

24 stitches and 36 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round (6 stitches and 9 rows per inch).

Size:

Finished hat is about 11 inches around and 5.5 inches long. Will stretch to fit a newborn to 6 months, depending on the size of the child's head.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 66 stitches. Divide onto double-pointed or circular needles and join in round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
  2. Work in Stockinette Stitch 2 rounds.
  3. *Knit 2 together, yarn over. Repeat from * around, ending knit 2 together. 65 stitches.
  4. Decrease 1 more stitch in the next round (64 stitches), then work in Stockinette Stitch until pieces measures 4.5 inches from eyelet round.
  • *Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (56 stitches).
  • Work 2 rounds straight.
  • *Knit 5, k2tog. Repeat from * around (48 stitches).
  • Work 2 rounds straight.
  • *Knit 4, k2tog. Repeat from * around (40 stitches).
  • *Knit 3, k2tog. Repeat from * around (32 stitches).
  • *Knit 2, k2tog. Repeat from * around (24 stitches).
  • *Knit 1, k2tog. Repeat from * around (16 stitches).
  • *K2tog. Repeat from * around (8 stitches).
  • *K2tog. Repeat from * around (4 stitches).
  • Leaf Motif:

    Work I-cord on the remaining 4 stitches for 1 inch, then turn work to purl side.

    Purl 1, make 1, purl 2, make 1, purl 1 (6 stitches).

    Make leaf as follows:

    Row 1: Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2, yarn over, knit 2.

    Row 2 and all wrong-side rows: Purl.

    Row 3: Knit 3, yarn over, knit 2, yarn over, knit 3.

    Row 5: Knit 4, yarn over, knit 2, yarn over, knit 4.

    Row 7: Slip, slip, knit, knit 8, knit 2 together.

    Row 9: SSK, knit 6, k2tog.

    Row 11: SSK, knit 4, k2tog.

    Row 13: SSK, knit 2, k2tog.

    Row 15: SSK, k2tog.

    Purl the remaining stitches together, cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

    Cast on 6 stitches and repeat leaf pattern.

    Finishing the Hat:

    Use a length of yarn to sew the two leaves together, right sides out.

    Fold up the bottom two rows of knitting to reveal the picot edging and use another length of yarn to sew those rows to the inside of the hat.

    Weave in any remaining ends.

    Note: Leaf motif adapted from the Leaf Fringe pattern in Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge (Sixth & Spring Books, 2004).

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