October 11, 2005

Freebie: Sprout Hat

SproutHat.jpg You gotta love the pompom! Click here to see the set.

Happy Green Sprout Hat
MindofWinter QuickKnits, designed by Julia Trice
Yarn: Just over 1 skein (98 yards/90 meters/skein) of Karabella Aurora 8(100% Merino) in Parsley (716) If you do a less fluffy pompom you may get away with 1 skein, but no promises!
Needles: Clover Bamboo DPNs in size US6 (4.0mm)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch in moss stitch.
Size: About 14 inches in diameter, to fit newborn to 3-6 months, depending on the infant.

Note/Disclaimer: I designed the Sprout Hat to go with Veronik Avery's Gansey Layette, which is in a very different gauge. To make the two as a set, you will either have to re-gauge my pattern or hers. I'd re-gauge mine!

Using DPN's, CO 64 sts, place marker to mark rounds if needed. Work 6 rounds in 2x2 ribbing as follows: *k2, p2* to end every round. Next round, dec as follows: *k14, k2tog* to end. 60 sts remain. Purl two rounds. On next round begin moss stitch pattern:

Round 1: *k1, p1* to end.
Round 2: *k1, p1* to end.
Round 3: *p1, k1* to end.
Round 4: *p1, k1* to end.

Repeat these four rounds until hat measures 5.25 inches from beginning, ending after either round 2 or round 4. Purl two rounds.

Begin decreases as follows:

Round 1: *k10, k2tog* to end.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *k9, k2tog* to end.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *k8, k2tog* to end.
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *k7, k2tog* to end.
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *k6, k2tog* to end.
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *k5, k2tog* to end.
Round 12: *k4, k2tog* to end.
Round 13: *k3, k2tog* to end.
Round 14: *k2, k2tog* to end.
Round 15: *k1, k2tog* to end.
Round 16: *k2tog* to end.

Leaving an eight-inch tail, cut yarn, and using a darning needle thread through the remaining live stitches. Pull live sts off needle and thread through a second time to strengthen. Weave in ends on the reverse side.

Make a pompom about 2.5-3 inches in diameter and fasten to top of hat. I used this pom pom maker, but for years before I acquired it, I made my own "maker" like this.

For notes on the yarn and accompanying sweater, see this post.

COPYRIGHT 2005, Julia P. Trice This pattern is protected by copyright and available for personal use only. It is not available for sale or distribution without the author's express permission.

Posted by Julia at October 11, 2005 06:54 PM
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That's totally cute!!! Thanks for sharing it with the world. I want to make one. :-)

Posted by: Kate at October 18, 2005 01:06 PM

Thanks for sharing! It looks like a great project to embark on.

Posted by: sedie at October 12, 2005 03:42 PM

oh what a sweet hat! i have three baby gift hats to make this month and this looks perfect. thanks for sharing it.

Posted by: mrspilkington at October 12, 2005 03:13 PM

Sprout! Oh my god, the pompom is almost as big as the hat itself. It is so cute. Perfect for all those expecting friends! I need me a pompom maker now.

Posted by: MJ at October 12, 2005 02:52 PM

Sooooo cute!!

Posted by: margene at October 12, 2005 09:59 AM

What a super pattern - can't wait to see it modelled for cuteness :D The yarn you chose is the perfect colour for a new baby.

Posted by: Tiffany at October 12, 2005 08:36 AM

It's a wonderfully lush, intensely beautiful creation -- kudos to the designer!

Posted by: Jen. at October 11, 2005 05:33 PM