I decided to put together a hat using the stamen stitch. I like the symmetry of the stitch and the bit of a lacy look that you get from it, but it’s still a nice, warm cap. I made this one using worsted weight yarn and size 11 needles. I called it the Happy Hat, since I want all our hats to cheer up the people who receive them. Feel free to use this pattern if you would like and feel free to join us at Delaware Head Huggers of Kozy Kovers for Kids!
The Happy Hat
You will need:
Size 11 knitting needles
Worsted or 4-weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice used, less than one skein)
Cast on 55 stitches.
Work K3, P2 ribbing for 2 inches. K3, P2 across each row.
(Feel free to use a different rib stitch if you prefer, or use a garter stitch pattern for the brim if you would like).
Begin Stamen Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: K1, K1, *slip 1 purl-wise (yarn at back), K1*; repeat from * to * to last stitch. End with a K1
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: *K1, slip 1 purl-wise (yarn at back)*; Repeat from * to * across the row
Continue pattern Rows 1 – 4 until the piece measures 8 inches.
Decrease the crown as follows:
Row 1: *K3, K2tog*; Repeat from * to * across row
Row 2: K1, *K1, slip 1 purl-wise* ; repeat from * to * across row, ending with a K1
Row 3: *K2, K2tog*; Repeat from * to * across row
Row 4: *K1, slip 1 purl-wise (yarn to the back)*; Repeat from * to * across row
Row 5: *K1, K2tog*; Repeat from * to * across row
Row 6: K1, *slip 1 purl-wise (yarn to the back), K1*; Repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1
Row 7: K2tog across row
Cut working yarn leaving a 12-inch tail. Thread yarn through live stitches on the needle and cinch closed. Sew seam, weave in loose ends and enjoy. Or better yet, pass it along to someone who needs it.
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