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This pattern is for the multicoloured ones in the foreground.
Toddlers Knitted Helmet
Uses Patons Totem, 8 ply wool (Australian) about 40 gm. (UK double knitting) (US worsted)
Needles size 8 & 10 ( 4.00 & 2.75mm)
Sizes :Fits head A - 45cm B - 48cm C - 51cm
EAR FLAPS (Make 2)
Using No. 10 needles cast on 5 stitches
1st row - K.5.
2nd row - K.1, P.3, K.1.
3rd. row - K.2, *pick up looop which lies before next st. and (P.1, K.1) into it, K.1, pick up loop which lies before next st. and (K.1, P.1) into it*, K.2.
4th. and 6th. rows - K.1, P.1, K.1, P.3, K.1, P.1, K.1.
5th. row - K.2, P.1, K.3, P.1. K.2.
7th. row - K.2, P.1, K.1, work from * to* as in 3rd. row, K.1, P.1, K.2.
8th. and 10th. rows - Rib 5, P.3, rib 5.
9th. row - Rib 5, K.3, rib 5.
11th. row - K.2, (P.1, K.1) twice, work from * to * as in 3rd. row, (K.1, P.1) twice, K.2.
12th. and 14th. rows - Rib 7, P.3, rib 7.
13th. row - Rib 7, K.3, rib 7.
15th. row - K.2, (P.1, K.1) three times, work from * to * as in 3rd. row, (K.1, P.1) three times, K.2.
16th. and 18th. rows - K.1, * P.1, K.1, rep.from * to end.
17th. and 19th. rows - K.2, * P.1, K.1, rep.from * to last st., K.1.
Break off yarn and leave stitches on a thread.
Using No. 10 needles cast on 12 ( 14 - 14) sts., with wrong side facing rib across a set of ear flap sts., cast on 31 ( 33 - 39) sts., rib across second set of ear flap sts., cast on 12 (14 - 14) sts.....97 (103 - 109) sts.
Work 6 rows rib as for Ear Flaps, beg. with a 17th row.
Change to No. 8 needles and multicoloured wool and work 22 rows stocking stitch.
B only - inc.2 sts. in first row.
C only - dec 4 sts. in last row.......97 (105 - 105) sts.
Shape crown -
1st. row - K.1, * K.2 tog., K.10 (11 - 11), rep. from * to end.
2nd. and 4th. rows - purl.
3rd. row - K.1, K.2 tog., K.9 (10 - 10), rep. from * to end.
5th. row - K.1, K.2 tog., K.8 (9 - 9), rep. from * to end.
Cont. dec. in this manner in alt. rows until 17 sts. remain.
Break off yarn, run end through rem. sts., draw up and fasten off securely. I use this end to sew up back seam.
Using back stitch join back seam.
Using 2 strands of yarn, 1m...1yd... long for each cord, make 2 twisted cords and attach to Ear Flaps.
To do this I thread the yarn through the Ear Flap before twisting and let the helmet dangle while twisting. Once twisted enough, ensuring the flap is in the middle of the yarn, just fold the yarn in the middle at the flap and let it twist back on itself. Tie a knot in the cord about an inch from the end, neaten end and voila.....finito!
Added by Sue Drury: I have received permission from Patons to share the pattern I adapted from their Winter Warmers pattern book, Book 483. Basically I just left out the fairisle.
These are SO pretty and practical too, I love earflap hats. One day I've promised myself to make one!
Alison’s One Evening Hat
With the great need for hats for our South African orphans, this is an ideal pattern. It works up in an evening, is soft and stretchy so it will ‘grow’ with the child, and is so simple that even a beginning knitter will be able to make it.
Alison has this to say :"Here is a pattern I have been working on for a while which I have adapted to fit a wide age range. It is really warm and stretchy. I have been knitting these up in a single evening. It takes about 4 hours if you don't take too many tea breaks!
For size 3-8
Using Chunky yarn and 6mm needles, cast on 60 stitches
K2, P2 until hat measures 9 inches from the start
K2tog, P2tog across next row
Cut a tail about 15 inches long and thread through remaining stitches and off needles
Pull tightly to close the hat then sew up from the top.
Note - for size 8-14 - cast on 80 stitches and adust length if desired
The pattern is really easy to adapt and it would work just as well in 5.5 - 6.5 mm needles.
Now this is one I could print off and actually give a go. Looks lovely!
Comment by Annie Jostsons on September 6, 2009 at 3:07am
I make this hat a lot....it's very easy to adapt to many different yarns and crochet stitches. Fun.
gorgeous, i love the colours, it looks so soft and squishy
These are both lovely,Dana! Definitely on my to do list as soon as I learn to crochet!
So glad that pattern has been some use! It's the one I always go to as I can remember it without hunting for the pattern! :) Dianne those are lovely thick hats, way to go!