The weather has been incredibly warm in Finland this summer, some days a bit too hot but I'm not complaining - my heart goes out to all countries that have been hit with the heatwave hard accompanied with the devastating wildfires, keep cool and safe!
I just finished part 1 of my summer holiday and haven't knitted that much, the Eco Cashmere hanks are giving me some dirty looks every time I walk past their nesting box - they want to end their hank-phase and become the jumpers, hats and mittens I've told them they will be. Well, as long as the warm weather continues, in hank form they shall remain. One has to take advantage of the warm weather so I have been washing rugs, bedding, curtains, throws, knitwear, sofa covers, dogs, rugs again and so on. And loitered around and enjoyed the summer.
In the previous blog post I talked about swatching and knitting a baby hat is an excellent, fast little knit you can use for swatching for knitting in the round. I've knitted mine in basic stockinette stitch and added one round stripes to keep my interest going. A small item like this is an excellent way to get some use for those leftovers which are lurking around. You can add more stripes, knit the hat in colour blocks, add any texture adjusting the stitch count if necessary.
Happy knitting and if you happen to be in US, have a lovely 4th of July!
Basic Baby & Toddler Hat Pattern
To fit head size 33-38 (38-43, 43-48, 48-53 cm/ 13-15 (15-17, 17-19, 19-21) inches
20 (20, 30, 40) g of Eco Cashmere (100% Cashmere of which 50% is recycled; 150 m/ 164 yds per 50 g), the sample hat was knitted with colour ways Kiruna and Inari.
Needles & notions
3.5 mm/ US 4 and 4.5 mm/ US 7 (80 cm/ 32 inches or longer for magic loop) circular needle, or DPNs or size to obtain gauge
markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends
pompom maker or ready made pompom
20 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm/ 4 x 4 inches stockinette stitch with larger needles after blocking
CO 64 (72, 88, 96) sts with smaller needles with long tail CO or with your preferred method. Join to work in the rnd being careful not to twist the sts and place BOR marker to indicate beginning of the rnd.
Rnd 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd
Repeat Rnd 1 until the brim measures 3 (3, 4, 4) cm/ 1.5 (1.5, 2, 2) inches measured from the CO edge.
Change to larger needles.
Rnd 1: k all sts
Repeat Rnd 1 until hat measures approximately 10.5 (12, 14, 16.25) cm/ 4.25 (4.75, 5.5, 6.5) inches.
Rnd 1: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; 48 (54, 66, 72) sts
Rnds 2-4: k all sts
Rnd 5: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; 32 (36, 44, 48) sts
Rnds 5-7: k all sts
Rnd 8: *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; 16 (18, 22, 24) sts
Rnd 9: k all sts
Rnd 10: *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; 8 (9, 11, 12) sts
Cut yarn and pull it through the remaining sts tightly and thread the needle through to the inside of the hat. Weave in ends and block. Attach a pompom if desired.