Recently, I was asked to design a baby color block sweater and hat. Knitting top down is a perfect opportunity to color block a sweater. In addition, adding bobbles and a top knot to a baby hat provides just the right “cuteness.”
Designed by Mary Lou Fall
Size 8 double point needles
One skein of Jill Eaton MinnowMerino (100% extra fine superwash merino, 77 yds)
Yarn stash for bobbles
Gauge: 4 sts/inch
CO 60 sts and divide evenly between three double point needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Purl
Rnd 2: Knit
Rnd 3: Purl
Rnd 4: Knit, increasing 4 sts evenly. Knit until hat measures 3-3/4” from cast on edge.
Decreasing for the Crown:
Rnd 1: *K2, K2 tog, *repeat to end of round.
Rnds 2-5: Knit
Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 1 (decrease)
Rnds 7-9: Knit
Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 1 (decrease)
Rnds 11-12: Knit
Rnd 13: *K2 tog, *repeat to end of round.
Knitting the Top Knot
Work remaining sts for approximately 3”; break yarn leaving a 4” tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts; pull snug and fasten off. Tie the length of knitting into a knot. Weave in ends.
Cast on 1 st, leaving a 4” tail. Knit into the front, back, front, back and front of cast on st. (5 sts).
Row 2: P5
Row 3: K5
Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice. (4 rows)
Row 6: Pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts, one at a time, over the first st. Fasten off, leaving a 4” tail. Fold bobble in half and pull both tails through to WS of hat and secure.
*Of course, any yarn that gives the correct gauge may be used.
**Every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate instructions.