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Jenny is a wife, mother, grandma, artist and accountant living and working in western North Carolina.

Els’ & Milo’s Hat

A Hat for Els & Milo Needles: sz 10.5 double pointed Yarn: Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky (less than 1 skein white and 1 skein dyed).Cast on 68 stitches evenly over 4 needles (using the 5th needle to knit). You can really cast on any number of stitches you want to get the size hat you want - this frees you up to use any kind of yarn you'd like as well (just swatch and figure the number you need to cast on to get the head size you want). The key is to cast on a number of stitches that is evenly divisible by 4. Join to knit in the round. In MC (the red cap uses red as the main color, the blue/green uses white), knit two rounds, purl one round, then knit 4 repeats of this six row pattern: Pattern (6 rows total): Row 1: MC - knit entire row Row 2: MC - knit entire row Row 3: MC - (K3,K1 wrapping yarn twice around needle so the resulting stitch is long) - repeat for entire row Row 4: CC: K3, Sl1 - repeat for entire row Row 5: CC: K3, Sl1 - repeat for entire row Row 6: CC: K3, Sl1 - repeat for entire row Then Knit 1 row. You're now ready to for the top of the hat. Here's how it goes (it's just a basic decreasing pattern, but the slipped stitches make it more interesting visually and texturally). MC: (K15, K2tog) repeat for round CC: (K1, Sl1) repeat for round MC: (K14, K2tog) repeat for round CC: (K1, Sl1) repeat for round MC: (K13, K2tog) repeat for round And so on. This is why I cast on to four needles - it makes it simple because on the MC rounds, you just K2tog at the end of each needle. Continue like this until you only have 1 stitch remaining on each needle. Then draw your yarn through the stitches, pull tight and weave ends in. *poof* Now you have a hat! NOTE: to make this hat for an 18" doll (American Girl or Magic Attic Club), using the same yarn as above, I cast on 48 stitches on sz 7US needles. I did only 2 repeats of the 6 row pattern before moving on to the decrease rounds. The decrease rounds go as follows: MC: (K10, K2tog) repeat for round CC: (K1, Sl1) repeat for round MC: (K9, K2tog) repeat for round CC: (K1, Sl1) repeat for round MC: (K8, K2tog) repeat for round And so on. This is why I cast on to four needles - it makes it simple because on the MC rounds, you just K2tog at the end of each needle. © Jenanne Hassler. This pattern may be freely distributed as long as the pattern and this copyright notice remain intact and no profit is made from its distribution or use.