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Knitted Winter Hat

This is a simple pattern for a winter hat.  For a thick fabric, use bulky weight yarn or worsted weight double stranded.  For a thinner fabric, use worsted weight single stranded.

MATERIALS
3.5 oz skein of bulky or worsted weight yarn
straight needles, US 10 or size needed for gauge
markers
yarn needle

GAUGE:  In ribbing, 4 sts = 1", 5 rows = 1"

BODY

Cast on 72 stitches and work in ribbing for 7.75 inches


TOP SHAPING

Row 1 (decrease row): k 10, k2 together, *place marker, k10, k2 together; repeat from * across (you will have 66 stitches on your needle when you finish Row 1)

Row 2: Purl across

Row 3 (decrease row): Knit to within 2 stitches of the first marker, k2 together, *slip marker onto other needle, knit to within 2 stitches of the next marker, k2 together; repeat from * across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 eight times (until you have 12 stitches remaining on your needle when you finish the row).  Break yarn, leavin a 25" tail end.  Thread a yarn needle with the tail end and run through the remaining stitches, pulling firmly to close the top of the hat.  Use the remaining tail end to sew a seam that will join the two edges.


NOTES:

This hat is stretchy enough to fit most adults and older children.  The pattern can be adjusted to fit younger children by stopping the ribbing after 7 inches (child medium) or 5 inches (child small).


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