This super-cute Snowflake Hat is sized for kids from small newborn/large preemie up to 3-year-olds. It uses stranded knitting to work the snowflake onto the hat. This gives the interior a double layer of warmth, but it also tightens up your gauge a bit, even if you're taking care to keep your floats loose on the back.
If you don't want to knit a swatch that includes the chart, trust the suggested sizes but be sure to measure your gauge at some point after you start the chart so that you can be sure you're knitting the right size for the head you want to fit.
The snowflake pattern was inspired by a charted design in 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne and Carlos.
- one hank each of two different colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater will work for all sizes (I used 7519, Waterslide, as color A and 7503, Root Beer, as color B). If you use a different medium weight yarn you'll need about 37 (43, 50, 56, 65) yards of color A and 20 (23, 27, 35, 40) yards of color B.
- set of 4 or 5 size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles, according to your preference (larger sizes will be easier on 5)
- 4 stitch markers (7 if you're working the motif 4 times, see below)
- tape measure, scissors, yarn needle
4.75 stitches and 5.5 rounds per inch in Stockinette with chart pattern
To fit a small newborn, normal sized newborn, 3-6 month old, 6-12 month old, 1-3 year old. Hat circumference is 11 (12.5, 14, 16, 18.5) inches and hat height is 6.5 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) inches. Instructions are given for smallest size with larger sizes given in parentheses. Sample knit in smallest size.
Knit the Ribbing:
- With color B (the same color your snowflake will be) cast on 52 (60, 68, 76, 88) stitches. Divide onto 3 or 4 needles, as desired, and join for working in the round.
- Knit a K2, P2 ribbing for 1 inch.