As a follow-up to my last post, I have been feverishly working on the new pattern that I promised. DO I have any volunteers to be test knitters to see if my instructions make sense? Please contact me if you are interested. I will e-mail the PDF to you.
I started with my favorite size 7 (US) bamboo knitting needles. I used Red Heart “With Love” Metallic yarn in red because we are still in February and I am still making red hats for newborns. One skein will make 3-4 hats, just depending on your tension.
Next, I casted on 52 stitches. (For a bigger hat, cast on in multiples of 13).
Rows 1-8: Knit 1, Purl 1 across (This will make a nice rib stitch). Row 9: Knit across. Row 10: Purl across. Row 11: Knit across. Row 12: Purl across.
This is what the first 12 rows should look like….
Making the Heart
Row 13: knit 25, make a bobble, knit 26. There are a million different ways to make a bobble. I have provided a YouTube video to help you figure out which you like best. (NOTE: This is not my video…)
From here forward, all even rows are purled across.
Row 15: k24, MB, k, MB, k25 (52 stitches)
Row 17: k23, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k24 (52 stitches)
Row 19: k22, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k23 (52 stitches)
Row 21: k21, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k22 (52 stitches)
Row 23: k20, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k, MB, k21 (52 stitches)
Row 25: k21, MB, k, MB, k3, MB, k, MB, k22 (52 stitches)
Row 27 and 29: k52 (52 stitches)
This is rows 1-30…
Shaping the top
Row 31: k11, k2tog, repeat across (48 stitches)
Row 33: k10, k2tog, repeat across (44 stitches)
Row 35: k9, k2tog, repeat across (40 stitches)
Row 37: k8, k2tog, repeat across (36 stitches)
Row 39: k7, k2tog, repeat across (32 stitches)
Row 41: k6, k2tog, repeat across (28 stitches)
Row 43: k5, k2tog, repeat across (24 stitches)
Row 45: k4, k2tog, repeat across (20 stitches)
Row 47: k3, k2tog, repeat across (16 stitches)
Row 49: k2, k2tog, repeat across (12 stitches)
Now that the knitting is done, break yarn and leave a tail approx. 10 inches long. Using blunt ended yarn needle, draw the yarn back through the remaining four stitches on the needle. Pull tight. Turn the piece so that right sides are together and use the remaining yarn to sew the seam. Tie off the yarn, cut, and tuck-in.
Finished. I think it is too pointy at the top. Please leave me a comment with your thoughts.