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Panda Cotton

Stripey Baby Hat

Designed and knit by Laura Andersson for Crystal Palace Yarns

Inspiration: Color is fun for your little one.  Pair this with the matching Stripey Baby Socks, and play with stripes and texture to make a sweet set that is a showcase for baby and for your work! The wee bit of elastic in the Panda Cotton yarn gives it a nice wearability with no sag.

Level:  Easy (knowledge of twisted rib, working in the round and basic increasing and decreases recommended)

Size: Infant to ~6 mo (15 in)


Gauge:  9.5 sts per inch (40 sts/10 cm) over Stripey Rib pattern on larger needles

Designer's Note: Hats are knit at least 1" smaller than desired final size for optimal fit/wear/looks.

Designer's Note: Using a smaller size dpn for the crown shaping enhances the final appearance of the hat w/o compromising on fit.

Abbreviations:  beg- beginning; CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; inc- increase (knit in front and back of stitch to increase);  ndl- needle; P- Purl; PM- place maker; rep- repeat; sl1- slip one; St st- stockinette stitch; YO- yarn over; PSSO- pass slip st over; rnd(s)- round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog- together.


Twisty Rib Hem:  With MC, CO 112 sts (the "cable cast on" was used). Join, being careful not to twist. PM.  K 1 rnd. Work in Twisty Rib for 1 in.

Twisty Rib:
Rnd 1: *(LT, P2) around. (To work the LT – k2tog but do not move the completed st to rt-hand needle; k into the first st, move both sts to right needle, LT completed).
Rnd 2: *(K2, P2) around.
K1 round, increasing to 120 sts as follows: *(K13, inc 1).  Work 1 rnd as *(K1, P1).
Begin Stripey Pattern and work as described until hat is ~4.25 in from CO edge.

Stripey Pattern:
Rnd 1: Join CC1, K around.
Designer's Note: 
Work the first stitch of a color change with both yarns.
Rnds 2-4:  With CC1, *(K1, P1) around.
Rnd 5:  With MC, K around.
Rnd 6:  With MC, *(K1, P1) around.
Rnd 7:  With CC2, K around.
Rnds 8-10:  With CC2, *(K1, P1) around.
Rnd 11:  With MC, K around.
Rnds 12-16:  With MC, *(K1, P1) around.
Work these 16 rnds until hat is ~4.25 in from CO edge.

Crown Shaping:  Continue working in Stripey Pattern as crown shaping decreases are worked.
Switch to #2 dpn's as needed.

Dec as follows:
*(Patt 18, K2tog); *(Patt 17, K2tog); *(Patt 16, K2tog); *(Patt 15, K2tog), etc.
When only ~ 8 sts remain, cut yarn, leaving an ~8 in end.

Finishing:  With crochet hook (or tapestry needle), pull end through each of 8 rem sts, and drop off ndl. Pull tautly and take end to inside of hat. Work in all ends. (Try a crochet hook for this - no need to thread needle and is very fast.)

Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at
laura -at- (change the -at- to @ to send email, we do this to help drlaura avoid spam).
Pattern Copyright 2012 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns. 
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April 2012