Bodacious Bobble Hat
Everyone will follow your lead with fun bobbles.
Child’s small (medium, large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Circumference: 16 (173/4, 191/2) inches
• Filatura di Crosa Zara 8 (worsted weight; 100% extrafine merino wool; 87 yds/50g per ball): 2 balls each Kelly green #1727 (A), bright purple #1936 (B) and fuchsia #451 (C) • Size 8 (5mm) double-point (set of 5) and 16-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge • Size F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook • Stitch markers (1 in CC for beg of rnd)
18 sts and 32 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in pat st. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Stripe (any number of sts) Rnd 1: With A, knit. Rnd 2: With A, purl. Rnds 3 and 4: With B, knit. Rnds 5 and 6: Rep Rnds 1 and 2. Rnds 7 and 8: With C, knit.
Rep Rnds 1–8 for Stripe pat.
When working Stripe pattern, carry colors not in use up inside of hat.
Change to double-point needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle.
With A, cast on 72 (80, 88) sts; pm for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.
Beg with Rnd 2, work [Rnds 1–8 of Stripe pat] 5 (6, 7) times, and then work Rnds 1 and 2 once more. Next rnd: Continuing in Stripe pat, *k9 (10, 11), pm; rep from * around. Dec rnd: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around— 64 (72, 80) sts.
Continue in Stripe pat and rep Dec rnd [every 4th rnd] 7 (8, 9) times—8 sts rem. Work 14 more rnds in Stripe pat. With A, bind off. Weave in all ends.
Bobble Tassels Make 8 With B, cast on 3 sts. Row 1: K1, [k1, yo, k1, yo, k1] in next st, k1—7 sts. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: Purl. Row 5: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1—5 sts. Row 6: K1, p3tog, k1—3 sts. Row 7: K3tog and put resulting st on crochet hook. Cut yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail.
With crochet hook and A, beg with the last st of bobble, chain 20 sts, attach with sl st to a bound-off st on hat, turn; work a sl st in each chain st, cut yarn and fasten off.
Using 5-inch tail and tapestry needle, draw through edge sts to form bobble. Weave all ends inside bobble. Make 7 more bobble tassels with 3 bobbles in B and 4 bobbles in C; work all tassel cords in A and attach each 1 to next bound-off st on top of hat. Make tassel cords different lengths as desired.