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Incredibly adorable, quick to knit, super soft baby hat.
The lovely leaf lace on this baby hat might look challenging, but it's definitely worth it. This hat would make a great gift (along with the adult version of this hat...see my Dreamscape book) for a mother and baby.

*See attached PDF for full instructions*

Posted by GinaHouse from Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States • Published See GinaHouse's 9 projects »
  • 102924_2F2014-06-30-131540-SweetLeafToddlerHat.pdf 9.68 MB [ Download ]

You Will Need

Stitch Marker Tapestry Needle Measuring Tape Scissors
Yarn: 124 yds of Classic Elite Lush (50% merino, 50% angora blend yarn)
Needle: US 6 (4 mm) 16" circular and 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular and set of dpns (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge: 4.5 sts and 7 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch (on size 7 needle)
  • Step 1

    1. Ribbing:

    Loosely CO 76 sts using the long tail cast on method using the smaller needle. Being careful not to twist, join in the round and place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

    (k2, p2)19x around for 5 rounds total.

    Switch to the larger needle:
    [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k10, p2, k9, k2tog]

    Next 2 rounds:
    [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k10, p2, k10]

  • Step 2

    2. Body of Hat: (see Sweet Leaf Lace chart)

    Round 1 and all odd rounds: (p1, k1tbl, p1, k10, p2, k10)3x around

    Round 2: [(p1, k1tbl, k10), k6, sskp, yo, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, k6]3x around

    Round 4: [(p1, k1tbl, k10), k4, sskp, k1, (yo, k1)2x, p2, k1, (yo, k1)2x, sk2p, k4]3x around

    Round 6: [(p1, k1tbl, k10), k2, sskp, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p, k2]3x around

    Round 8: [(p1, k1tbl, k10), sskp, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p]3x around

    Repeat these 8 rounds, twice more. 3 repeats (24 rounds) total.

  • Step 3

    3. Crown Decreases:

    Round 1: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, k6, k2tog, p2, ssk, k6, k2tog]3x around (63 sts)

    Round 2: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k8, p2, k8]3x around

    Round 3: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, k4, k2tog, p2, ssk, k4, k2tog]3x around (51 sts)

    Round 4: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k6, p2, k6]3x around

    Round 5: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, k2, k2tog, p2, ssk, k2, k2tog]3x around (39 sts)

    Round 6: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k4, p2, k4]3x around

    Round 7: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, k2tog, p2, ssk, k2tog]3x around (27 sts)

    Round 8: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k2, p2, k2]3x around

    Round 9: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, p2, k2tog]3x around (21 sts)

    Round 10: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k1, p2, k1]3x around

    Round 11: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), ssk, k2tog]3x around (15 sts)

    Round 12: [(p1, k1tbl, p1),], p1, k2]3x around

    Round 13: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k2tog]3x around (12 sts)

    Round 14: [(p1, k1tbl, p1), k1tbl]3x around

    Round 15: (k2tbl, k2tbl)3x around (6 sts)

    Round 16: k6

  • Step 4

    5. Finishing:

    Place remaining 6 sts on 1 dpn and, using another dpn, continue with knitting in i-cord until the i-cord measures 1” (2.5 cm) or desired length.

    Cut yarn, leaving a 4” (10 cm) tail, fasten off. Weave in all ends.

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