Kira wearing an Avery hat.
I’ve always loved hats of all kinds. I remember my mom making hats for me and my brother when I was kid. She’d let me wrap the yarn for the pom-poms while she knit.
I watched with a mix of awe and impatience as she cut and trimmed the pom-pom just right, then attached it to the hat. My new hat – what a thrill! That feeling is the inspiration for Avery, a watch cap with a pom-pom for babies, toddlers, and kids.
Avery hat in Storm and Lime.
Avery is knit with Milla Mia’s Naturally Soft Merino yarn. It’s 100% extrafine merino wool spun into a light and bouncy, machine washable, sport weight yarn. We chose the neutral shade Storm for the main color and used the bright shades Lime and Fuchsia for the brim and pom-pom.
The neon trend is hot right now – I’ve seen it everywhere from sneakers and athletic wear to women’s tops and accessories – and this is a fun way to bring it into your knitting.
Avery hat in Storm and Fuchsia.
These hats work up quickly and beautiful pom-poms are a snap with Clover’s Pom-Pom Maker. I’ve spent a lot of time trimming pom-poms in the past, but with the Pom-Pom maker, they pop out perfect and will look adorable on your little one’s head!
baby (toddler, child) 14.5 (16, 18.5) inch head circumference
Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino [100% extrafine merino wool; 136 yards/50 grams ball] 1 ball in Main Color and 1 ball in Contrast Color.
Size 4 16-inch circular and double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Size 3 16-inch needles.
Stitch marker and darning needle.
Clover 3126 Pom-pom Maker.
6 sts = 1 inch in St st in the round
k2tog knit two stitches together
Using larger needles and Contrast Color, loosely cast on 88 (96, 112) sts. Switch to smaller needles, place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work K2, p2 rib for 1.5 inches.
Switch to larger needles and Main Color. Knit every round until piece measures 4.5 (5, 5.5) inches from cast on edge.
Round 1: * K9 (k10, k12), k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 2 and all even rounds: knit all sts.
Round 3: * K8 (k9, k11), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 5: * K7 (k8, k10), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 7: * K6 (k7, k9), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 9: * K5 (k6, k8), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 11: * K4 (k5, k7), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 13: * K3 (k4, k6), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 15: * K2 (k3, k5), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 17: * K1 (k2, k4), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Toddler and Child Sizes only
Round 19: * K1 (k3), k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Child Size only
Round 21: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 23: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Final Round: *K2tog; repeat from * to end. (8 sts remain)
Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Using a tapestry needle, pull the tail through the remaining sts. Tighten, bring tail to inside of hat and weave in.
Using smaller 2 1/2 inch Clover Pom-pom Maker and Contrast Color, make pom-pom. Attach to top of hat and weave in ends.