Friday, March 14, 2014

Oh So Yummy...Slouchy and Soft Knitted Hat!

Want to feel warm and soft, knit this slouchy, soft hat from Lion Brand Yarns patterns.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: Child (Multiple Sizes), Adult (Multiple Sizes)
Child S (Child M/L, Adult S/M, Adult L)
Finished circumference 16 (18, 20, 22) in. (40.5 (46, 51, 56) cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one
number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

• 640-105 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Glacier 1 Ball (A)
• 601-650 Lion Brand Bonbons Yarn: Party 1 Ball (B)
•  Double Pointed Needles - Size 11
• Double Pointed Needles - Size 13
• Split Ring Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
• Additional Materials Piece of cardboard about 4 in. (10 cm) square for tassel

9 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) with A and larger needles.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will
be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient.
If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size
hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

1. Hat is worked in the round on double pointed needles, beg at lower edge.
2. Embroidery is free form.

With A and smaller needles, cast on 36 (40, 44, 48) sts. Divide sts onto 4 needles, placing 9 (10, 11, 12) sts on each needle. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in St st (k every rnd) until piece measures about 2 (2, 3, 3) in. (5 (5, 7.5, 7.5 cm) from beg.
Change to larger needles.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 7 1/2 (8 1/2, 11 1/2, 12 1/2) in. (19 (21.5, 29, 32 cm) from beg.

Shape Crown (top of Hat)
Decrease Rnd: K2tog around - 18 (20, 22, 24) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

With B colors as desired, embroider Hat as desired. In our sample, we embroidered circles in stem stitch and long 'stems' in stem stitch. We embroidered straight stitch spokes inside some of the circles and worked a French knot in the center. We embroidered lazy daisy leaves on the stems. Braid 3 strands of B yarn to make a 16 in. (40.5 cm) braid, then thread the braid through the top of the Hat. If desired, tie a tassel to each end of the braid.
Wrap B color as desired around a 4 in. (10 cm) piece of cardboard. Cut 2 lengths of yarn each about 18 in. (45.5 cm) long. Fold 1 length in half and draw under strands at top edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot around strands. Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Use second 18 in. (45.5 cm) length to wrap strands about 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) below top knot. Knot ends of wrap securely, then thread ends into blunt needle and weave into center of tassel. Use remaining ends from top knot to tie or sew tassel to braid.
Trim tassel ends evenly.

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