I feel like I haven't blogged in ages! In reality it's only been a week, but it's long enough to give me blogger's guilt! I've been really busy with knitting classes as well as breaking one of my teeth and looking after a toddler (and his daddy) with a cold so have been savouring my free time by doing important things like sleeping! I'm also on a mission to organise my life, which has taken up lots of time but there will be more on that shortly!
As I promised here is this weeks free pattern. As you can see I have taken the official start of autumn to heart & have gone all out making a pumpkin baby hat! Yes that's right you too can now be mean and dress your baby or toddler as a pumpkin! I hope that if anybody actually makes this they'll send me a picture of it in action as what could be cuter than little ones looking like pumpkins?!
I made this using Debbie Bliss ecoaran which is a lovely 100% organic & fairtrade cotton & it's so soft! It's on sale in most places at the moment, I got mine from John Lewis & Deramores. I love a bargain, but I hope it's not disappearing forever as I love that they offered such lovely eco yarns!
I hope you like the pattern, it's a fun little one!
Pumpkin Hat Pattern:
k2tog= knit 2 stitches together
18 sts & 24 rows (10cm)
2 balls of aran weight cotton. 1 orange & 1 green coloured. (I used less than 1 ball of orange & only a tiny bit of green!)
4.5mm (30cm) circular needle
needle to darn in ends.
In the orange yarn Cast on 72 stitches using cable cast on method on circular needle or 4 DPNs. Join in the round marking the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.
Work *k4 P2 rib until work measures 4.5 inches from current row to cast on edge.
If you are working on a circular needle, now knit the stitches onto 3 DPN, placing 24 stitches on each needle.
On the next row you start decreasing.
1. *k2tog, k2, p2 repeat from * to end of the round. (60sts on needles)
2. knit all stitches.
3. * k2tog, k1, p2. repeat from * to end of the round (48sts on needles)Change to your green yarn.
4. knit all stitches
5. * k2, p2tog, repeat from * to end of the round (36 sts on needles)
6. knit all stitches
7. *k2tog, p1, repeat from * to end of the round (24sts on needles)
8. knit all stitches
9. *k2tog repeat from * to end of the round. (12sts on needles)
10. knit all stitches
11.*k2, k2tog repeat from * to end of the round. (9sts on needles)
12. Knit all stitches
13. *k1, k2tog repeat from * to end. (6sts on needle)
Now place the remaining 6 stitches on one DPN & start to knit an i-cord, but on the first i-cord row you will decrease stitches: k2tog, k2, k2tog.
Then continue to knit the i-cord as normal until the cord measures 3 inches long.
Cut the yarn & using a tapestry needle thread it through all of the stitches twice. Now bend the stem off to the side and stitch it into the i-cord base & down into the hat. Now weave in all of your ends on the inside of the hat.