Saturday, March 10, 2007

Terrific Turtle Hat Pattern


Terrific Turtle Hat Pattern
This is one of my fav hat's I've ever made. Who couldn't love a nice cotton hat with a turtle on it? This pattern is knit back and forth then seamed up the back. The turtle requires some semi complex shaping but if you take it step by step it's super simple. This hat would be a great cancer cap if made in a softer yarn because the inside is stockinette stitch so it would be super smooth against the skin. Make one for yourself or a friend but please do not sell them. If you wish to share the pattern share the link and not the pattern itself.

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used one of the small skeins of Lily's Sugar and cream)
  • Size 8 knitting needles
  • Cable needle(CN) or dpn
  • Tapesty needle
  • 2 stitch markers

Pattern Abbreviations:

  • SM- Slip Marker
  • Bar Increase- Pick up the bar in between the stitches and knit through the back loop.
  • K1FB- Knit into the front and back of a stitch to make an extra stitch.
  • P1-b- Purl into the back of the stitch.
  • FC- Slip 1 stitch to DPN or CN and hold in front, P1, then K1 from DPN or CN.
  • K1-b- Knit in the back loop of this stitch.
  • KBFB- Make 3 stitches from one, by knitting into the back of the stitch, then the front of the stitch, then the back of the stitch again.
  • FC2- Slip 2 stitches to DPN or CN and hold in front, P2, then K2 from DPN or CN.
  • BC2- Slip 2 stitches to DPN or CN and hold in back, K2 then P2 from DPN or CN.
  • SK2P- Slip 1, K2tog, Pass the slipped stitch over the K2tog, as if to bind off.
  • PInc- Purl into the stitch one row below then purl into next stitch on left hand needle. This adds and extra purl stitch.
  • FC3- Slip 3 stitches to DPN or CN and hold in front, P3, then K3 from DPN or CN.
  • Sl2TogK1P- Slip 2 together then Knit 1 stitch and pass both the slip stitches over the knit stitch to decrease 2 stitches.

To Make this hat:

Cast on 80 stitches.

In the picture above I started the hat with 1/2 of an inch of garter stitch (plain knitting) You could also do K1, P1 ribbing, or seed stitch.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Row 3: Knit 28, place stitch marker, K25, place stitch marker, K27.

Row 4: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, BI, K1FB, P10, BI, K1FB, P6, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 5: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, K6, P1-b, K4, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 6: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, K2, P4, FC, P5, K2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 7: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, K5, P1-b, K5, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 8: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, K2, P5, K1-b, P5, K2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 9: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, K5, P1-b, K5, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 10: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, FC2, P3, BI, KBFB, BI, P3, BC2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 11: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, P2, K3, P5, K3, P2, K9, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 12: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, FC2, K2tog, BI, K1, KBFB, K1, BI, SSK, BC2, P9, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 13: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K11, P1, P2tog-b, K1, P5, K1, P2tog, P1, K11, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Below is a closer picture of the turtle. It's hard to capture the contrast on film. The pattern is continued below:

Row 14: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P11, K2tog, P1, K1, BI, K1, KBFB, K1, BI, K1, P1, SSK, P11, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 15:Knit to 1st marker, SM, K11, (P1, K1)x2, P5, (K1, P1)x2, K11, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 16: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, P2tog, (K1, P1)x2, K1, BI, K1, KBFB, K1, BI, (K1, P1)x2, K1, P2tog, P9, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 17: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K10, (P1, K1)x3, P5, (K1, P1)x3, K10, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 18: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P8, P2tog, (K1, P1)x3, K1, (BI, K1)x4, (P1, K1)x3, P2tog, P8, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 19: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, (P1, K1)x11, K8, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 20: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, (K1, P1)x11, P8, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 21: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, (P1, K1)x11, K8, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 22: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, (K1, P1)x11, P8, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 23: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, (P1, K1)x11, K8, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 24: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, (K1, P1)x11, P8, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 25: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, (P1, K1)x4, P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, (K1, P1)x4, K9, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 26: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, BI, (K1, P1)x4, SK2P, (P1, K1)x4, BI, P9, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 27: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, P1, (P1, K1)x3, P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, (K1, P1)x3, P1, K9, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 28: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P9, K1, BI, (K1, P1)x3, SK2P, (P1, K1)x3, BI, K1, P9, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 29: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K9, P3, K1, P1, K1,P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, K1, P1, K1, P3, K9, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 30: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, BC2, (K1, P1)x2, SK2P, (P1, K1)x2, FC2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 31: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, PInc, K1, P1, K1, P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, K1, P1, K1, PInc, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 32: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, K2, P3, K1, P1, SK2P, P1, K1, P3, K2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 33: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, PInc, K2, P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, K2, PInc, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 34: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P7, K2, P4, BI, SK2P, BI, P4, K2, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 35: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K7, P2, K4, P3, K4, P2, K7, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 36: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P5, K2tog, P4, FC3, P3, SSK, P7, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 37: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K11, P3, K13, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 38: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P13, K1, BI, K1, BI, K1, P11, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 39: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K11, P5, K13, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 40: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P13, K5, P11, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 41: Knit to 1st marker, SM, K11, P2tog, P1, P2tog-b, K13, SM, Knit the rest of the stitches in this row.

Row 42: Purl to 1st marker, SM, P13, Sl2TogK1P, P11, SM, Purl the rest of the stitches in this row.

(You can add more rows of stockinette stitch here if you wish but the usually it isn't needed)

Row 43: *K8, K2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 44: *P7, P2tog* repeat from * to*.

Row 45: *K6, K2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 46: *P5, P2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 47: *K4, K2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 48: *P3, P2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 49: *K2, K2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 50: *P1, P2tog* repeat from *to*.

Row 51: K2tog across row.

Slip all stitches to opposite needle and cut yarn leaving long enough tail to sew up back seam. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and one at a time slip stitches off knitting needle and onto yarn tail. Pull up tight and sew seam. Weave in all ends and enjoy.

21 comments:

Twitchy Knitter said...

OMG! That is super-cute. You are so talented. You should publish a book of nothing but hat patterns.

Marti said...

I am so excited about this! My sister in law loves turtles so this is her Christmas hat. I cant wait to make this! Have you ever thought of submitting your patterns to magknits or something? You are talented beyond my comprehension!

Kody May said...

I thought about it a couple times but I never consider my patterns good enough

Marti said...

I really think you should do it! Whats the worst that can happen?
They cant take away your birthday ;o)
you are very talented and you deserve a chance to use that talent to help yourself if you can.
gee I sound like a motivation speaker dont I?

Anonymous said...

Have you ever written this knitted in the round
i may be silly but i hate hats with seams
LOVE THE TURTLE HAT--may have to rethink the seam ???

Towanda, Amazonian Jungle Temptress said...

I've been meaning to ask for some time if you allow projects made from your patterns to be sold IF 100% of the proceeds go to charity. Also, would they be acceptable to use in raffles? I ask because I donate finished projects to educational and non-profit organizations. If you'd like more details, please feel free to ask. I'd love to have a turtle hat or two at a sale this weekend to benefit Holistic Moms Network of CNY or to be a raffle prize for the International Cesarean Awareness Network conference next weekend!

As for Magknits or Knitty or whatnot, Knitty seems fond of small collections of patterns. You could offer a sampler of a few different Kody May patterns ... here is the eagle hat, here is the garter eagle, here is the turtle hat, etc. Everybody loves quick, unique patterns to use for gifts. If they're not good enough for some reason, it's not like it will be broadcast across the knitting community and you'll have to wear a big, red "SK" (for "sucky knitter") on your chest.

Kody May said...

As long as the profits are going to charity I have absolutely no problem with it. Always good to help a cause!!! I am actually designing an aids awareness hat right now inspired by one of the blog patrons. So the answer is absolutely 100% yes.

Towanda, Amazonian Jungle Temptress said...

Thanks! You rock. I will make sure to include something about how you created the pattern, etc. If you have a certain something you want to be written about you on it, a byline or whatnot, please let me know.

I didn't get anything done for the HMN garage sale, but I still have ICAN next weekend ... how much fun can a bunch of overtired mothers of toddlers have throwing a knit uterus around?

Jessie said...

I LOVE turtles and will have to make a hat like this for me. BUT, I am first going to make one for my friend, Zackary, who is battling Lukemia. He is 5. He loves turtles too and this hat will be perfect for him. Thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

i've seen a similar turtle pattern on a dishcloth by smariek knits, check it out. I'm not saying yu nicked the turtle but it is very similar. a great minds think alike thing i guess. It is a nice hat.

Kody May said...

It's actually a Barbara Walker stitch pattern so she probably got it from the same place I did.

pbnj said...

how cool is this?!? i love turtles! i definitely have to give this pattern a try. =)

thanks for sharing this and all your other great hat patterns!

Anonymous said...

Your hats are great! Thanks for sharing

Le-Teisha said...

I lov all your hat patterns, I can't wait to go home and make a few for dh.

Anonymous said...

This hat is amazing! I love turtles! I want to make this hat, but I was wondering...what's the size/gauge?

Kody May said...

I don't really take a guage but I made this hat with sugar and cream cotton and I have a small head and the hat was loose on my head.

Annie said...

Hi Kody,

I think your turtle hat is darling. The mascot of my college sorority, Delta Zeta, is the turtle, only she who sticks out her neck can make progress!! We all love your green turtle hat -- and our colors -- naturally, pink and green!!

Your work is lovely,
Annie - Oklahoma

HappyME said...

I'm thinking I'll knit up one for the Animal Shelter craft fair and maybe one for Hats for Hunger and... Thanks for letting us use them for charity.

Oh! The first one's for me of course. We'll call it the prototype but really I just want it. :->

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I really like your writing style. Can’t wait for the next one. Keep these informative posts coming!

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