Spring Has Sprung Hat
This adorable hat is inspired by the welcome sight of sprouting spring flowers.
Design by Ann Squire
17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/
10cm in St st with larger needles. To save time, take time to
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.
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.
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.