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Knitting the Body of the Hat
Snowflake Knitting Chart

The Snowflake chart. Click for larger image.

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Smallest size only: In the section before the chart begins, you must decrease 2 stitches. I worked 1 round in color A, then decreased 2 stitches on the next round with knit 2 together decreases.

  1. Change to color A and knit 3 (3, 6, 9, 12) rounds.
  2. Knit 5 (7, 9, 11, 14), place marker, work snowflake chart starting at round 1, place marker, knit 10 (15, 19, 23, 29), place marker, work snowflake chart starting at round 1, place marker, knit 5 (8, 10, 12, 15). See note below for alternative design for larger sizes.
  3. Continue in Stockinette Stitch and working snowflake chart in sections as established. As you work the chart, make sure you catch the floats (twist the 2 colors together) every few stitches when you're just working one color for a long stretch. You will be able to see the darker color peeking out from behind a little bit, but I think this gives the hat a nice rustic look.
  4. When chart is complete, cut yarn B. Work 1 round in A: no increasing or decreasing for the 2 newborn sizes, decrease 2 for 3-6 month and 1-3 year sizes and increase 2 for 6-12 month size. 52 (60, 66, 78, 84) stitches.

To shape the hat for the smallest 2 sizes: *K8, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next round. *K7, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next round. *K6, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next round. *K5, k2tog. Repeat from * around. *K4, k2tog. Repeat from * around. End smallest size K1. *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * around. End smallest size K1. *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * around. End smallest size K1. *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * around. End smallest size K1.

To shape for larger sizes: *K4, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next 2 rounds. *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next round. *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Knit the next round. *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * around. Next 3 rounds, *K2tog. Repeat from * around.

Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle. Slip remaining stitches onto yarn, pull tight and weave in ends.

Alternative Pattern for Larger Sizes:

Both the 6-12 month and 1-3 year size hats have enough stitches to repeat the snowflake motif 4 times instead of 2. For the 6-12 size, K4, place marker, work chart, pm, K4, pm, work chart, pm, K4, pm, work chart, pm, K4, pm, work chart.

For 1-3 year: K7, pm, work chart, pm, K7, pm, work chart, pm, K7, pm, work chart, pm, K7, pm, work chart.

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