• Baby's: hat 14 inches around (will stretch
to fit up to 17-½ inches) and about 16
• Mom's hat: 18 inches around (will stretch
to fit up to 21 inches) and about 21-½
• Dad's hat: 20-½ inches around (will
stretch to fit up to 23 inches) and about
23-½ inches long
• Length measurements do not include pompon.
• Karabella Yarns Aurora 8 (100 percent
extra fine Merino wool; 50 g ≡ 98 yds):
1 (2, 2) balls MC, and 1 (2, 2) balls CC
for each hat.
Baby's hat shown in 1250 white (MC)
and 5 red (CC); mom's hat shown in
754 seafoam (MC) and 1250 white (CC);
dad's hat shown in 10 Loden (MC) and
1410 Khaki (CC).
• Size 6 circular needle 16 inches long,
and size 6 set of double-pointed
needles, or additional circular needle
if using two-circular-needles technique,
for hat, or size needed to obtain gauge.
• Stitch markers (three of one color,
and one of another color)
• Yarn needle
• Pompon maker or cardboard (optional)
10-½ sts and 15 rnds per 2 inches
over St st on circular needle
• Knit Two Together (K2tog)
• The "Jogless" Jog
• Joining in the Round
• Using two Circular Needles (optional)
• stripe pattern:
Work 15 rounds with CC, then work
15 rounds with MC. Repeat this stripe
pattern as directed, maintaining it
throughout the decrease rounds.
The first number given applies to the baby's size. The mom's and dad's sizes are given in parentheses.
Change to the double-pointed needles or two circular needles for the top of the hat when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably around the circular needle.
With MC, CO 72 (96, 108) sts. PM (the single one of one color) and join for working in the round (rnd), being careful not to twist. Work in K2, P2 rib for 8 rnds as follows: ∗K2, P2; rep from ∗ to end.
Switch to St st (knit all sts every round) and work 7 more rnds with MC.
Change to CC and begin stripe pattern. Work even until you are about to work Rnd 45 (60, 60). In other words, for the baby's size you will work the first decrease rnd on the last rnd of the second MC stripe (counting the stripe with the rib as the first stripe), and for the adult sizes you will work the first decrease rnd on the last rnd of the second CC stripe. The first decrease rnd is as follows: ∗K2tog, K16 (22, 25), PM (a different color from the end-of-rnd marker); rep from ∗ 3 more times: 68 (92, 104) sts.
The next decrease rnd is worked on the 8th rnd of the stripe as follows: ∗K2tog, K15 (21, 24); rep from ∗ 3 more times: 64 (88, 100) sts.
The next decrease rnd is worked on the 13th rnd of the stripe as follows: ∗K2tog, K13 (19, 22); rep from &low 3 more times: 56 (80, 92) sts.
For the rest of the hat, continue in this manner, decreasing after each marker on the 3rd, 8th, and 13th rnd of each stripe: 12 total sts decreased for each 15-rnd stripe. When 5 (7, 8) stripes with decreases have been completed, 8 sts will rem for all sizes, and there will be 8 (11, 12) completed stripes from the beginning. Break yarn leaving a 10-inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn through remaining sts. Pull tight (like a drawstring purse). Poke the needle through the center hole to the inside of the hat. Weave end in a circle around the sts at the top of the hat. Weave in remaining loose ends.
Make a pompon out of desired color or use both colors for a multi-color pompon. Use the tie string from the pompon to secure the pompon to the hat.