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Lara Neel | The Journal Gazette
This is a simple baby hat with a fun, easy start. Listen to Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 148 for a chat with designer Evelyn Clark.

Have some fun with knit hat

This is a simple hat with a fun, easy start.

Use yarn that knits well at a gauge of 26 stitches in 4 inches. Sock yarn (such as Paton’s Kroy Sock) or fingering-weight yarn should work. I made mine with a small amount of handspun wool.

What you’ll need:

Needles: No. 5 (or size needed to get gauge), whatever type you prefer for working in the round.

Gauge: 26 stitches in 4 inches.

Size: 13 1/2 inches around. Newborn to 6 months, but babies vary.

What you’ll do:

Edging. Cast on 176 stitches.

Knit 2 together (k2t), Purl 2 together (p2t) across.

Join, to work in the round.

Work (k1, p1) around for 4 rounds.

Main hat. Knit every stitch until the hat is 5 inches long. Decrease for Top

R1: (k9, k2t) around.

R2 and all other even-numbered rounds through round 16: k every stitch.

R3: (k8, k2t) around.

R5: (k7, k2t) around.

R7: (k6, k2t) around.

R9: (k5, k2t) around.

R11: (k4, k2t) around.

R13: (k3, k2t) around.

R15: (k2, k2t) around.

R17: (k1, k2t) around.

R18: k2t around.

R19: k2t around.

Break yarn, leaving a tail 4 inches long. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches, twice if you are paranoid. Darn in all ends and enjoy.

Lara Neel has the Math4Knitters: Crafty Living blog at Regular columnist Joyce McCartney can be reached at 461-8364 or email