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Monday, May 2, 2011

Here is a Pattern to Delight the Kiddos

Kristen Cap & Sockies

Click here for larger image.This delightful duo features accent picot edging and contrasting yarns, creating eye-catching results.

Designs by Patti Pierce Stone

Sizes

Hat and socks instructions fit infant/toddler's sizes 0-3 (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-18) months to fit infant's shoe size 1 (3, 4, 5, 8) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurement

Hat circumference: 13 1/2 (14 1/4, 15, 15 3/4, 16 1/2) inches

Materials

  • Tahki • Stacy Charles Cotton Classic (DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton; 108 yds/50g per skein): 1 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins lavender #3936 (MC) and 1 skein white #3001 (CC)
  • Size 3 (3.25mm) 24-inch circular needle and spare needle (of any sort) or size needed to obtain gauge [socks]
  • Size 4 (3.5mm) 29-inch (or longer) circular needle and spare needle (of any sort) [hat and socks]
  • Size 6 (4mm) 29-inch (or longer) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge [hat]
  • Size E/4 (3.5mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd

Gauge

Hat: 22 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st using size 6 needle.

Socks: 23 sts and 29 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st using size 3 needle.

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Technique

Provisional Cast-On: With crochet hook and waste yarn, make a chain several sts longer than desired cast on. With knitting needle and project yarn, pick up indicated number of sts in the "bumps" on back of chain. When indicated in pattern, "unzip" the crochet chain to free live sts.

Pattern Notes

The patterns for both the hat and the socks are written so that the project is knit on one circular needle using the magic-loop method. You can opt to work on double-pointed or 2 circular needles.

The socks are worked from the top down with a picot hem, semi-wrapped short-row heel and wedge toe.

When working the semi-wrapped short-row heel, slip first stitch of each row purlwise with yarn in back.

Click here for larger image.Hat

Picot Hem

Using Provisional Cast-On method, smaller hat needle and MC, cast on 72 (76, 80, 84, 88) sts; distribute sts as for magic-loop method; place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.

Knit 6 rnds.

Turning rnd: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end yo, knit last st on rnd tog with first st on next rnd.

Knit 6 rnds.

Join hem: **Unzip waste yarn from approx 25 percent of Provisional Cast-On sts; slip live sts to spare needle the same size as main needle; holding the 2 needles parallel with RS of fabric facing and using larger needle and CC, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, yo; rep from * to last st on spare needle, then rep from ** until all cast-on sts are used up. Slip first st of next rnd to RH needle so that next rnd beg with yo -- 144 (152, 160, 168, 176) sts.

Next rnd: P2tog around, cut CC -- 72 (76, 80, 84, 88) sts.

Body

With MC and larger needle, knit every rnd until hat measures 2 (3, 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 3 3/4) inches from picot edge, or 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 3/4) inches short of desired length.

Crown

Note: On following rnd place markers following each dec.

Rnd 1 (0-3 months): [K12, k3tog, k12, k2tog] twice, k12, k2tog -- 65 sts.

Rnd 1 (3-6 months): K13, k3tog, [k13, k2tog] 4 times -- 70 sts.

Rnd 1 (6-9 months): [K14, k2tog] 5 times -- 75 sts.

Rnd 1 (9-12 months): [K14, k3tog] 4 times, k14, k2tog -- 75 sts.

Rnd 1 (12-18 months): [K15, k2tog, k15, k3tog] twice, k15, k3tog -- 80 sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Dec rnd: Slipping markers, *knit to 2 sts before marker, p2tog; rep from * around -- 60 (65, 70, 70, 75) sts.

Rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 8 times, then every rnd until 20 sts rem.

Last rnd: K2tog around -- 10 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight. Secure on WS.

Earflaps

Earflaps are worked flat over 12 sts on opposite sides of the hat.

Click here for larger image.With RS facing and using larger needle, count 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) sts to the left from center back of hat (at cast on tail). Place marker or piece of waste yarn, so the placement can be seen from the inside of the hat. Rep, working to the right from the center back marker. This notes the placement of the ear flaps.

Turn hat inside out.

With larger hat needle, beg at the left marker, pick up 12 sts in the back side of sts in the picot joining row, working toward the front of the hat. Attach MC.

Rows 1, 3, 5 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 2 (RS): Knit to last 2 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 4: K3, [yo, ssk, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 6: K3, [k2tog, yo, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 7: Rep Row 1.

Rows 8-13: Rep Rows 4-7, then Rows 4 and 5.

Row 14: K3, [k2tog, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 10 sts.

Row 15: Rep Row 1.

Row 16: K3, ssk, k2tog, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 8 sts.

Row 17: K2, p2tog, p2tog-tbl, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 6 sts.

Row 18: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1 -- 4 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.

With RS facing and using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts from right to left; secure to WS of edge.

Weave in all ends.

Make another earflap, beg at the marker on the opposite side of the hat.

Twisted Cord

Make 2

Cut 2 strands 3 yds long (or approx 6 times desired length). Fold in half, tie ends tog with a loose overhand knot and secure folded end to a stationary object.

Twist yarn until it begins to double back on itself. Fold in half again with both ends tog and allow to twist up on itself.

Cut to desired length (if necessary) and knot the ends to secure.

Sew 1 end to each earflap.

Crocheted Flower

Make 3

Rnd 1: With CC, ch 2. Work 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook; sl st in top of first sc to join. Cut CC.

Rnd 2: Attach MC in the top of any st, [ch 4, skip next st, sl st in the top of the next st] 4 times, ch 4, sl st in top of the first sl st to join.

Rnd 3: *3 hdc in next ch-4 sp, sl st in top of next sl st; rep from * around.

Cut MC. Weave in all ends. Sew 1 flower to top of hat and other 2 flowers to ends of cord.

Click here for larger image.Sockies

Picot Border

Using Provisional Cast-On method, smaller sock needle and MC, cast on 24 (26, 28, 32, 34) sts, distribute sts evenly as for magic-loop method (heel sts on first needle tip, instep sts on 2nd needle tip); place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.

Knit 4 rnds.

Turning rnd: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end yo, knit last st on rnd tog with first st on next rnd.

Knit 4 rnds.

Join hem: **Unzip waste yarn from approx 25 percent of Provisional Cast-On sts; slip live sts to spare needle the same size as main needle; holding the 2 needles parallel with RS of fabric facing and using larger needle and CC, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, yo; rep from * to last st on dpn, then rep from ** until all cast on sts are used up. Slip first st of next rnd to RH needle so that next rnd beg with yo.

Next rnd: P2tog around, cut CC -- 24 (26, 28, 32, 34) sts.

Leg

With MC and larger needle, work in St st until piece measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3) inches from picot edge or to desired length to top of heel. Cut MC.

Semi-Wrapped Short-Row Heel

Note: Short rows are worked back and forth on heel sts only.

Row 1: Join CC and knit across heel sts, turn.

Row 2: Sl 1, purl to last st, k1, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1, k10 (11, 12, 14, 15), turn.

Row 4: Sl 1, p8 (9, 10, 12, 13), k1, turn.

Row 5: Sl 1, k8 (9, 10, 12, 13), turn.

Row 6: Sl 1, p6 (7, 8, 10, 11), k1, turn.

Row 7: Sl 1, k6 (7, 8, 10, 11), turn.

Row 8: Sl 1, p4 (5, 6, 8, 9), k1, turn.

Continue with Heel Turn.

Sizes 9-12 & 12-18 months only

Row 9: Sl 1, k8 (9), turn.

Row 10: Sl 1, p6 (7), k1, turn.

Continue with Heel Turn.

Heel Turn

Row 1: Sl 1, k5 (6, 7, 7, 8); insert the tip of the LH needle into the purl bump at the edge of the RH previous row and k2tog-tbl with next st, turn.

Row 2: Sl 1, p6 (7, 8, 8, 9); insert the tip of the LH needle into the purl bump at the edge of the RH previous row and p2tog with next st, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1, k7 (8, 9, 9, 10); pick up the purl bump as before (this one, and all the rest, will be 2 rows down) and k2tog-tbl with next st, turn.

Row 4: Sl 1, p8 (9, 10, 10, 11); pick up the purl bump and p2tog, turn.

Row 5: Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 12); pick up the purl bump and k2tog-tbl; turn.

Continue in this manner until all heel sts have been worked.

Last heel row: Sl 1, knit across heel sts; pick up running thread between very first heel st and first instep st and place on LH needle; pick up the purl bump from the last st on the heel rnd (now 2 rows below) and place on LH needle; knit running thread and the purl bump tog tbl. Cut CC.

Joining rnd: With MC, knit across instep sts; with RH needle, pick up running thread between last instep st and first heel st; pick up the purl bump from the first heel st on the rnd (now 2 rows below) and place on RH needle; work running thread and the purl bump tog as ssk; knit across heel sts -- 26 (28, 30, 34, 36) sts distributed as follows: 12 (13, 14, 16, 17) instep sts; 14 (15, 16, 18, 19) heel/sole sts.

Foot

Work in St st until foot measures 4 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6) inches from back of heel or 3/4 (3/4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 1/4) inches short of desired length. Cut MC.

Toe

Rnd 1: With CC, work both instep and sole sts as follows: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 22 (24 26, 30, 32) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit around.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) instep sts and 8 (9, 10, 10, 11) sole sts rem.

Last rnd: Instep sts: knit across; sole sts: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts.

Weave toe sts tog using Kitchener st (see inset below).

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block as desired.

Kitchener Stitch

This method of grafting with two needles is used for the toes of socks and flat seams. To graft the edges together and form an unbroken line of stockinette stitch, divide all stitches evenly onto two knitting needles -- one behind the other. Thread yarn into tapestry needle. Hold needles with wrong sides of fabric together and work from right to left as follows:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle into first stitch on front needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle.

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Step 2: Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle.

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Step 3: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (back) needle as if to knit, leaving stitch on knitting needle.

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Step 4: Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle.

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Step 5: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (front) needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle.

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Repeat Steps 2 through 5 until one stitch is left on each needle. Then, repeat Steps 2 and 4. Fasten off. Grafted stitches should be the same size as the adjacent knitted stitches.

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