Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baby Boy Brimmed Hat

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so bear with me... comments and criticisms are welcome!

I made a similar hat for a friend who had a little girl in April, it was more, well, girly. Now another friend is having a boy in July, so I am making this for her little one. After this, I have 2 other friends who are having girls in Sept, so I will make the girl hats again and post the patterns for them later.

Baby Boy Brimmed Hat

Yarn- Bernat Softee Chunky

1 skein navy blue (main color/mc)

1 skein grey (accent color/ac)

Needle- Size 5 dpns

Gauge: 3sts and 6 rows=1in on size 5 needles

Using mc CO 51 sts, divide over 3 needles

work in k2p1 rib, join in round, careful not to twist. Continue k2p1 rib for 4 rows.

Main body:
switch to ac and k 1 row
switch back to mc k 3 rows
switch to ac and k 2 rows
switch to mc and k 3 rows
switch back to ac and k 1 row
switch to mc and continue to k 5 more rows.
decrease rows:
*k1, k2tog* rep from *
repeat this row until 4sts remain on first needle and 3sts remain on 2nd and 3rd needles.
Break yarn, leaving a 10" tail
Using a tapestry needle, run the tail through remaining sts on needles. Remove dpns. Pull yarn tight and tie off. Weave in all ends.

Pick up 21sts on needle 1 row up from co edge.
using mc work in p2k1 rib to end of row, turn.
k2p1 to end of row.
Repeat these 2 rows 2 more times.
p2tog, p1 k1, *p1k2* rep from * until last 2 sts. p2tog.
bo all sts. Weave in ends.

This piece doesn't need too much blocking, maybe just a little to straighten out the brim.