Spring Has Sprung Hat

This adorable hat is in­spired by the wel­come sight of sprout­ing spring flow­ers.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by ANN SQUIRE

De­sign by Ann Squire

Gauge

17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/

10cm in St st with larger nee­dles. To save time, take time to

check gauge.

Pat­tern Note

The flow­ers that em­bel­lish the hat are cut from a wool sweater that has been felted. To do this, take an old 100 per­cent (non-su­per­wash) wool sweater, put it through the “hot” cy­cle on your wash­ing ma­chine, and then place in the dryer. The sweater will be­come shrunken and felted and may be cut into dec­o­ra­tive shapes with­out dan­ger of fray­ing. If you pre­fer, you may use craft felt or an­other non-fray­ing fab­ric. Test for col­or­fast­ness by wash­ing be­fore use.

Hat

Body With smaller nee­dles and A, cast on 45 (54, 63, 72) sts. Dis­trib­ute sts evenly on 3 dpns; pm for beg of rnd and join, tak­ing care not to twist sts. Knit 6 rnds. Change to larger nee­dles and knit

7 rnds. Cut A. Join B and knit 1 rnd, purl 2 rnds.

Cut B. Join A and knit 12 (13, 15, 17) rnds. Next rnd: *K5 (6,7, 8), place marker;

rep from * around. Crown Rnd 1: *Knit to 2 sts be­fore marker,

k2­tog; rep from * around. Rnd 2: Knit. Rep [Rnds 1 and 2]2 (3, 4, 5) times—

18 sts. Next rnd: K2­tog around, re­mov­ing

all mark­ers—9 sts. Next rnd: K2­tog 4 times, k1—5 sts. Cut yarn, leav­ing a 5-inch tail. Us­ing ta­pes­try nee­dle, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight then se­cure to WS.

Fin­ish­ing

Weave in ends. Flow­ers Place 4 pins evenly spaced around brim to mark points where flower stems are to be em­broi­dered. Us­ing B and ta­pes­try nee­dle, and start­ing at green stripe, work 1 to 11/2 inches of chain st (see il­lus­tra­tion on page 112) to form stems. For each leaf, work a sin­gle large chain st di­ag­o­nally out from base of stem. Us­ing flower tem­plate cut 4 cir­cles from felted sweater. Cut 5 small tri­an­gles from edge of each cir­cle to form petals. Us­ing a small amount of A, B or an­other yarn, sew flow­ers to hat at top of stems. If de­sired, use a French knot (see il­lus­tra­tion on page 112) to dec­o­rate cen­ter of flow­ers.

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