Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stuffed Animal/Doll Hat Pattern

To add to the cuteness of this little lamb, I decided to try out my new fuzzy yarn and to make a tiny hat. This little hat has earflaps and a pompom on top.

I used size 10 circular needles, but it was quite difficult as the hat got smaller. Perhaps a pair of double tipped needles would work better, but I've never used them before.

Anyway, the pattern is as follows. I've used more notation than usual because it really is a pain to write out.
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
Kfb - knit front to back. I learned this from a video on this site.
K2tog - knit two stitches together

Earflap 1:
This part is done back and forth just like if you were using a pair of straight needles.
Row 1: CO 3
Row 2: K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, Kfb1, K1 (now there are 4 stitches)
Row 4: K1, Kfb2, K1 (6 stitches)
Row 5 and 6: K6
Row 7: K1, Kfb1, K2, Kfb1, K1 (8 stitches)

Now cut the lead to the first earflap, long enough that you can tie it or weave it back in. This is the only tail to weave that you'll have.

Slide the earflap along your needles so it's out of the way but the stitches are still held open. Alternatively you could transfer it to another needle or chopstick if you're using double ended needles.

Follow the earflap pattern above to create the other side. This time DO NOT CUT the lead. Instead, cast on 8 stitches in your favorite method (I just looped them around the right needle). Now slide the other earflap onto the left needle. Knit 8 stitches so that on the right needle you should have: one earflap, 8 loops, one earflap. Next cast on 10 stitches as you did with the previous eight.

Now it's time to start circular knitting.

Row 1-3: K
Row 4: K2tog
Row 5-6: K
Row 7: K2tog
Row 8: K
Row 9: K2tog
Row 10: use a tapestry needle to thread through the remaining stitches and tie tight.

Just turn inside out, and voila! I added a little pom pom just for fun. There should be two tails from each earflap that can be cut and tied, or a tassel or pom pom could be added to those too.

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