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Angelarae Knits: Will Needs a Hat

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Hello! Welcome to my Blog! I live and enjoy the fibery crafts here, in Raleigh, NC with my husband and 5 children! I love to share patterns, tips, and recipes along with my spinning from time to time. I hope you'll enjoy your time here and stick around a bit!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Will Needs a Hat

But, knitting one he is willing to wear can be a challenge. For William, the simpler the better. He's nine years old, so very few stitch patterns would be acceptable and certainly pom-poms and i-cords are out. So, this morning, after he caught his bus to school, I whipped this up in about 4 hours. Anyone ever write a pattern on the back of a Food Lion receipt? The process was pretty simple. Will's head is about 18 " around. My guage is 3 sts/inch on a size 11 needle with this yarn. So I subtracted 2"( 6 sts.) for negative ease and cast on 48 sts. on size 10 1/2 needle. I worked 2" in k2, p2 ribbing. Then, I switched to size 11 needles and knit in stockinette stitch until entire piece measured 5 1/2". Then, I decreased every 4 sts. with a k2tog. decrease, purled back and decreased every other row 1 less stitch (k3, k2tog/k2, k2tog/k1, k2tog) and finally, k2tog to end. (This kind of decrease makes a swirled crown) I cut the yarn and pulled it through all loops left on needle and seamed up the hat. Done. Looks like it will fit, but remains to be seen whether William will actually wear it.

Yarn: Plymouth Encore Chunky, Color 240.
Needle: Size 10 1/2 straight and size 11 straight (I knit back and forth on my Denise circulars)
Gauge: 3 sts./inch on the size 11 needle.


Blogger sgeddes said...

Looks like a great hat whether he wears it or not!

1:52 PM  
Blogger AuntieAnn said...

Good going with the negative ease! DD made herself a hat (her first!), and I introduced her to the concept of negative ease. Must take a pic and post it. Your hat looks like it will fill the bill.

5:01 PM  
Blogger hakucho said...

Can't wait to see a picture!

happy knitting :)

5:18 PM  
Blogger hakucho said...

Now that's interesting....when I first read your post, there was no picture. As soon as I hit publish it appeared. Was it there all along? I need a new computer...

Hat looks great btw :)

5:22 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Nice hat, I bet he will love it. I made my son an earflap hat, per his request, with Llama's on it, no tassels or other dangling parts, he loves it. But he likes the plain old, close fitting beanie style like the one you made the best and wears those often.

5:30 PM  
Blogger KaKi said...

Enjoy being able to knit him anything right now. My son is 14 and wants a hat just like the one you knit. I bought a $20 hat in the namebrand he wanted but it is too small. He has an enormous head. He needs this hat because he shaves his head (in a bur). I have mentioned that I can knit something that will fit his head and look just like said namebrand. NOT HAVING IT!!! UGH~!!! Teenagers!

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Yep... this is the perfect hat as I see it - simple and yet effective! I'm sure William's going to wear it, and he'll love it big time!

12:00 AM  

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