Hanukkah Hats

by Craig on December 1, 2011

My nephews are surprisingly appreciative of the knitted gifts I give them. At ages 3 and 5, I’d expect them to look past them in search of toy trains or cars. Instead, they immediately put them on, give me a big hug and a “thank you, Uncle Craig!”, then continue to wear them as they play with their toys.

This year I knit them hats. To avoid any conflicts, both hats are the same pattern, the same yarn, and the same color. The only difference is that one is slightly larger – I think the younger one has a larger head.

Hanukkah Hats

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Denim. It’s super soft, beautifully dyed, and machine washable. The pattern is easy and works up quickly. And I knit both hats with just 1 skein.

KIDS WATCH CAPS

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference – 16 (18) inches

MATERIALS
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, 1 skein.
16 inch US #6 circular needle.
1 set of 5 DPNs size US #6.

GAUGE
5 sts = 1 inches in stockinette stitch in the round

PATTERN
CO 80 (88) stitches. Place marker and join in the round.

*K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round. Continue for 2 inches.

Switch to St st and knit all rounds for 2.5 inches.

Shaping
Round 1 *K8 (K9), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 2 and all even rounds – Knit every stitch.

Round 3 *K7 (K8), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 5 *K6 (K7), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 7 *K5 (K6), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 9 *K4 (K5), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 11 *K3 (K4), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 13 *K2 (K3), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 15 *K1 (K2), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

For smaller size –
Round 16 * K2tog; repeat from * to end. 8 stitches remain.

For larger size –
Round 17 * K1, K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 18 * K2tog; repeat from * to end. 8 stitches remain.

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Using a tapestry needle, pull tail through remaining stitches, and to inside. Weave in ends.

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