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Extract from Knitted Animal Hats • By Fiona Goble • Published by CICO Books

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Knitted Animal Hats
Turn the baby in your life into a friendly bumblebee in this endearing yellow-and-black striped headgear. With its roll-up brim, wear it pulled well down to keep the wind out on cool days. Or roll up the brim a little for a jaunty look when the weather is slightly more clement.

Sizes
0–6 months (6–12 months)

Actual measurements
Approx 12 in/30 cm
(133/4 in/35 cm) circumference

Gauge (tension)
24 sts and 28 rows to
4 in (10 cm) square over stockinette (stocking) stitch using US 5
(3.75 mm) needles.

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  • Step 1

    Hat
    (make 1)
    Using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 72(84) sts.
    Work 8(10) rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Join in B.
    Next row: K30(36) in B, k12 in A, k30(36) in B.
    Next row: P30(36) in B, p12 in A, p30(36) in B.
    Rep last 2 rows once more.
    Using A, work 4 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    Next row: K32(38) in B, k8 in A, k32(38) in B.
    Next row: P33(39) in B, p6 in A, p33(39) in B.
    Using B, work 2 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    Using A, work 4 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    Using B, work 4 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    For a longer hat, rep last 8 rows once more to add
    2 extra stripes.
    Large size only:
    Using A, work 2 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    Next row: K6, [k2tog, k12] 3 times, [ssk, k12] twice, ssk, k6. (78 sts)
    Next row: P.
    Next row: Using B, k5, [sl1, k2tog, psso, k10] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5. (66 sts)
    Small size only:
    Using A, work 4 rows in st st, beg with a k row.
    Next row: Using B, k5, [k2tog, k10]
    3 times, [ssk, k10] twice, ssk, k5.
    (66 sts)
    Both sizes:
    Next and every WS row: P, using same yarn color as previous row worked.
    Next RS row: Using B, k4, [sl1, k2tog, psso, k8] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4. (54 sts)
    Next RS row: Using A, k3, [sl1, k2tog, pkso, k6] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, pkso, k3. (42 sts)
    Next RS row: Using A, k2, [sl1, k2tog, psso, k4] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2. (30 sts)
    Next RS row: Using B, k1, [sl1, k2tog, pkso, k2] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, pkso, k1. (18 sts)
    Next RS row: Using B, [k2tog] 9 times. (9 sts)
    Next RS row: Using A, [k2tog] twice, k1, [k2tog] twice.
    (5 sts)
    Using A, work 9 rows in st st beg with a p row.
    Bind (cast) off.

  • Step 2

    Making up and finishing
    For general information on putting your hat together, see pages 104–107.

    With RS of hat facing outward, oversew seam of “stalk” at top of hat using A. Using same yarn, join back seam of hat using the flat-seam technique (see page 104).

    Using C, work a small circle of chain stitch (see page 106) for each eye. Using A, work a French knot (see page 106) at center of each eye.

    Using D, embroider antenna in chain stitch.

    The hat can be made to fit snugly, as in the version left, or a little longer, as shown on the baby. To make the longer hat, you will need to add an extra stripe in each of black (A) and yellow (B) where indicated in
    the pattern.

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