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Free Knitting Pattern: Child's Knitted Sailor Hat

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Pattern #: 872
Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: 18 mos, 24 months (2 yrs), Child 4, Child 5-6
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Size 6 (4.25 mm) 16-inch circular needles

Child's Knitted Sailor Hat

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton


9.5 sts and 13 rows = 2" in St st with size 6 needles. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Crown: With straight needles size 6, cast on 90 (90, 95, 95) sts. Work in St st for 3 (3½, 4, 4)". First dec row: *K 3, k2tog; rep from * -- 72 (76) sts. P 1 row. K 1 row. P 1 row. Second dec row: *K 2, k2tog; rep from * -- 54 (57) sts. P 1 row. Third dec row: *K 1, k2tog; rep from * -- 36 (38) sts. P 1 row. Fourth dec row: *K2tog across row -- 18 (19) sts. P 1 row. Last dec row: K 0 (1), *sl2-k1-p2sso; rep from * across -- 6 (7) sts. Cut yarn, leaving long strand to draw through rem sts. Tighten and sew back seam.

Brim: With WS of crown facing, using circular needles size 4, pick up and k 115 sts around. Place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: K 1, *sl 1 wyif, k 1; rep from * around. Rnd 2: Sl 1 wyif, *k 1, sl 1 wyif; rep from * around. Rep Rnds 1 & 2 for ¾". Change to circular needles size 6. Cont in pat until brim meas 2" from beg. Bind off as if to k.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
meas = measure(s) p = purl
p2sso = pass 2 slipped sts over pat = pattern
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sl = slip St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side wyif = with yarn in front

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Child's Knitted Sailor Hat Reviewed by Alicia Morris on 2012-04-06 ****
I too have been struggling with the brim but think I know why, now. The instructions do not indicate whether you should slip as if to knit or purl. I assumed it was slip as if to knit.

I happened across something that said you slip as if to knit if you are doing a decrease, otherwise slip as if to purl. I tried it and it has made all the difference. I will have to rip out the brim though and redo it.

I think it will be darling when it's finished.

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