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Hot Air Balloon Hats
By: Darlene Dale for Caron
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Aren't these Hot Air Balloon Hats adorable? Whether you're trying to find a baby boy hat knitting pattern or a pattern for a baby girl, these hats are a great choice for babies and toddlers alike. Created with fluffy pom poms and a twisted cable design, these hats are visually striking and perfect for keeping little noggins nice and toasty.
This image courtesy of www.caron.com
Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
SIZES: Baby (kids)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Head Circumference 15-16" (17–18”)
In k2, p2 rib, 20 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm
In Crisscross stitch, 20 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm
K2, p2 rib
Right Cross: Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn needle.
Left Cross: Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn
Crisscross stitch: (multiple of 6 + 2 for selvage edges)
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *right cross on 4 sts, k2; repeat from * across, ending with k1.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 7: K1, *k2, left cross on 4 sts; repeat from * across, ending with k1.
Row 8: Purl
Repeat Rows 1-8 for the Crisscross pattern.
With A, cast on 74 (86) sts. Work in k2, p2 rib for 3 rows. With B, work in k2, p2 rib for 3 rows. With MC, purl 1 row.
With MC, work in Crisscross pattern for 5" (6"), ending with pattern Row 4.
Row 5: *K8, k2 tog; repeat from *to* across, ending with k4 (k6) -- 67 (78) sts.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K3, *work left cross on next 4 sts, k2tog; repeat from * across, ending with k4 (k3) -- 57 (66) sts.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 1: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * to* across, ending with k2 (1) -- 46 (53) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * across, ending with k2 (1) -- 35 (40) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: *K1, k2tog; rep from * across, ending with k2 (1) -- 24 (27) sts.
For Baby only:
Row 6: P2 tog across -- 12 sts. End off leaving a long enough tail to sew back seam. Note: Hat should measure approximately. 6".
For Kids’ only:
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K2 tog across, end k1 -- 14 sts.
Row 8: Purl. End off here leaving a long enough tail to sew back seam.
s Hat is approx. 7 1/2".
Sew back seam.
Make 6 for each hat -- 2 in each of the 3 colors used. Leave about a 6-7" tail on each pompom. Pull all the tails from the 6 pompoms through the hole in top of hat and secure tightly on the inside of hat.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.
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