Sunday, March 16, 2008

Free pattern--fair isle spiral preemie hat

Thank you so much to my friend Vicki M. for her help with the chart for this pattern. Vicki, you rock!!!

size 4 straight needles (gauge is not critical for this project)
light worsted or worsted weight yarn (#3 or #4) I used Caron Simply Soft and some sparkly light purple from my stash.

c/o 55 sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for about an inch, taking care to work p1,k1 on wrong side so you don't end up with seed stitch instead. I did k1tbl, p1 ribbing on the hat in the photo just for a change of pace.

Work 10 rows of chart, following the 11 stitch repeat, pulling the working yarn over top of the non working yarn each time. watch your tension so that the floats aren't too loose or too tight, especially on the rows where you will have long floats.

after chart, drop coordinating color and work 2 rows in stockinette stitch in main color.

next row (right side) k 7, k2og across, ending in k3 tog instead of k2 tog.
p 1 row
k6, k2 tog across row
p 1 row
k5 k2 tog across row
p 1 row.

At this point I began the k2tog across, but you can add k4, k2tog across row and p 1 row if you want to make the top a little taller. Either way, after you do those decreases you will begin the k2tog across row, p 1 row, then k2 tog across row once more. there will be a total of 2 rows that you k2tog across.

cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and draw thru remaining stitches. Pull tight and seam using mattress stitch, maching up pattern on either side of seam.

if you have any questions please leave a comment so I can help! Hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it! :-)

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