Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kiara's Big Girl Brimmed Hat

I made this hat for my niece Kiara, and although she hates wearing hats you couldn't get this one off of her. I've already has requests from other parents for a hat like this for their child. It's one of those inspired by the Guyana sun. This hat with the little brim is perfect for keeping the sun out of little eyes. It is so adorable I've been asked for them for boys and girls. At the bottom of the page you will see it without the embroidery, also a cute choice.
Size 8 Needles
Lily's Sugar and Cream Yarn (Less than a ball)
Darning needle
Stitch marker to mark beginning of row, you will need 2 stitch markers to make the brim.
Plastic canvas or cardboard to reinforce the brim.

Size: 1-2 Year Old

Cast on 64 stitches
Row 1: (K1, P1) across row
Row 2: (P1, K1)3x, K20, (P1, K1)across the rest of the stitches.
Row 3: (K1, P1)3x, K20, (K1, P1)across the rest of the stitches.
Row 4: (P1, K1)3x, K20, (P1, K1)across the rest of the stitches.
Row 5: (K1, P1)3x, K20, (K1, P1)across the rest of the stitches.
Row 6: (P1, K1)3x, K20, (P1, K1)across the rest of the stitches.
Row 7: (K1, P1) across row.
You now have the seed stitch band done with a 20 stitch x 5 row stockinette area for embroidery. If you do not plan to embroider the name or a phrase on the hat then you can just do these rows in seed stitch.

Rows 1-3: (K2, P2) across row.
Row 4: K2tog but leave on the needle, then insert the right hand needle between the two stitches you just knit and knit the first stitch again. Then slip both stitches from the needle. P2. Continue in this manner across the row.

Repeat these four rows to desired length. I did 4 repeats of each row, then did only row 1 a fifth time.
Then begin decrease rows:

Decrease Row 1: K2tog, P2, K2, P2, K1, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2tog twice, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2tog, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2tog, P2tog, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2tog, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, Slip 1, K2tog, Pass the Slipped stitch over the K2tog as if binding off.

Decrease Row 2: K1, P2, K2, P2, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K2, K2tog, P2, K2, P2, K1, K2tog, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K2, K2tog, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2tog.

Decrease Row 3: K1, P2, K2, P1, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K1, K2tog, P2, K2, P2, K2tog, K2, P2, K2, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K1, K2tog, K1, P2, K2, P1, K2tog.

Decrease Row 4: K1, P2, K2, K2tog, P1, K2, P2, K2tog, P2, K2, P1, K2tog, K2, P2, K1, K2tog, P1, K2, P1, K2tog, K1, P2, K2, K2tog.

Decrease Row 5: K1, P2, K1, K2tog, P1, K2, P1, K2tog, P2, K2, K2tog, K2, P2, K2tog, P1, K2, P1, K2tog, K1, P2, K1, K2tog.

Decrease Row 6: K1, P2, K2tog, P1, K2, K2tog, P2, K1, K2tog, K2, P1, K2tog, P1, K2, K2tog, K1, P2m K2tog.

Decrease Row 7: K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K1, K2tog, P2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, P1, K1, K2tog, K1, P1, K2tog.

Decrease Row 8: (K1, K2tog) across row.

Decrease Row 9: K2tog across the row.

Pick up 7 stitches in the center of the stockinette stitch area.
K1 row.
P2, Place Marker, Increase1, P3, Increase1, Place Marker, P2, Pick up 2 stitches.
Knit to the end of the row, Pick up 2 stitches.
Repeat these two rows increasing after the first marker and before the second marker on the purl rows until you have a total of 31 stitches. 10sts, marker, 11sts, marker, 10 sts.
Knit 1 row to crease the brim (i.e. the bumps should appear of the Right side)
BO 2sts, K to end,
BO 2sts, Purl to Marker, Slip Marker, P2tog, Purl to 2 stitches before marker, P2tog, Slip Marker, Purl to end.
Repeat last two rows until you are back to 7 and bind off. Insert cardboard or plastic canvas and sew up seam.
Make one for yourself or a friend but do not sell these. If you would like to share the pattern share the link and not the pattern itself.


Anonymous said...

any chance you have the c.o. for bigger sizes...

Kody May said...

My normal cast on for an adult with worsted and size 8's is between 80 & 88. For 10-tween i usually say 70 ish. So I hope that helps. This is a type of ribbing so its very very stretchy. :)

Anonymous said...

i will give it a try...thanks so much....

Mommab@sbcglobal.net said...

Im so so impressed with your patterns! You do a wonderful Job! Beautiful hat! Thanks so so much for shareing this with others who knit! God bless Marion http://knittingspinningsewingcrocheting.blogspot.com/

knitter02 said...

I just finished the hat pattern. I had a bit of trouble figuring out the brim but i kept with the pattern and got it to work. I did end up with more stitches than said. and I needed to pick up 9 stitches instead of 7 to make the first row work out. wish i new how to post a picture. thanks for sharing the pattern.

Unknown said...

What age would this fit? Have you ever double-knit it. I want it to be really warm for my 4 yr old - or would I be better off lining it w/ fleece? What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I just made the hat which is great but found that the hat didn't turn out for a 1year old- 2year old like stated, but it fits my daughters doll instead. I don't no what went wrong as followed the pattern to a tee and used size 8needles. Can you help me out on this one please?

Anonymous said...

is this knitted in the round or flat? and, if one were to want a little larger hat, how many sts should the increase be? (example: multiples of 8) I LOVE THIS HAT!!!

mubbalicious said...

What type of needles did you use? A circular, double pointed or single pointed?