Monday, August 31, 2009

And she's back!

I've been so delinquent about keeping my blog up to date and I'm so sorry. I have been busy with my knitting as my cousin is having a baby girl and I feel the need to endow her with knits. I also entered seven items in the state fair earlier this month and came away with five ribbons. Not too shabby. I also was commissioned to make hats for twin boys with bear ears by my friend. I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I wrote one and they came out way cute. Here's the pattern: (sorry for the fuzzy picture; my camera is acting up)

Baby Bear Hat

Gauge 4"= 24 sts

Materials : 6" circs and dpns
tapestry needle
worsted weight yarn (I used Ella Rae Superwash in color Taupe)
scrap pink yarn

CO 80 sts. PM and join to work in the round.
Work in 1x1 rib for six rows.
Switch to st st and work until piece measures 4 1/2 inches from cast on edge

Decrease rounds:
*K6, K2tog*
*K5, K2 tog*
*K4, K2tog*
*K3, K2tog*
*K2, K2tog*
Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Thread through remaining sts, pull tight, tie off, and weave in end.

Ears (make 4) :
CO 15
K 4 rows st st
Next row: K2tog each end
K2tog at beginning of next four rows.
P2 tog each end (9 sts remaining)
BO Knitting 2tog at each end.

Stitch two pieces together with right side facing. Turn right side out and sew in position on hat.

Pink part of ears:
CO 10
K 4 rows st st
K2tog each end
K2tog each end
BO Knitting 2tog each end.
Stitch to front of ears.


Junebug said...

Can you tell me what size this pattern is? I would love to knit one for my 3 year old niece.

P.S I am a beginner knitter!


Sarah said...

junebug, did you ever get your answer? i was wondering the same thing.

Stephanie said...

This literally is a "Baby" Bear hat. the sizing is for infants. What I would do to make it larger is find a basic hat pattern appropriate for the recipient and then just follow my instructions for the ears. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was wondering what sized needles you used. On ravelry it said size ten, but you had 6 under your materials list.


Stephanie said...

Size 6 needles is what I used. Sorry for any confusion.

KimmieHD said...
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KimmieHD said...

For those of you who read this pattern in the future,her instructions said 24 stitches equals 4 inches. Her original pattern is 80 stitches so its a little over 13 inches. If you want to increase or decrease to match the head of the baby you are knitting for, just add or subtract 8 from the original pattern. The reason for the number 8 is because her decrease pattern is multiples of 6 plus 2. So if you add or subtract 8, it will work with her decrease pattern at the end. That is assuming you are using size 6 US or 4 mm needles.