As everyone knows, all toddlers should look like adorable woodland sprites. Here’s a super quick, super easy, pointy hat to adorn your little one this winter. It’s knit flat in a super-bulky, super cheap, machine washable yarn, it’ll make a great last minute present for the holidays and it’s fun.
Woodland Sprite Hat
- Yarn: Lionbrand Thinck & Quick
- Needles: U.S. size 11 circulars (used as straights), a spare size 11 for grafting
- Gauge: 10 st and 16 rows equal 4 inches
- Techniques: knit, purl, short rows, Kitchener Stitch (once you get the hang of it it’s easier than you’d think)
Cast on 20 stitches using any invisible cast on, I like the figure 8 myself. But tutorials and methods abound so pick the one you like best. Make sure you have 20 stitches on both your needle and your stitch holder. Leave those unused live stitches alone, you won’t need to worry about them for quite awhile.
Row 1 and all odd numbered rows knit to the end. This is your wrong side.
Row 2 (first short row): knit 4, purl 15, wrap and turn.
Row 4: knit 4, purl 14, wrap and turn.
R0w 6: knit 4, purl 13, wrap and turn. Continue in this manner until you’ve worked 10 short rows and 21 rows total.
Row 22: knit 4, purl to end.
Repeat row 1 through 22 two more times.
Now it’s time to pick up those live stitches from the holder and work that kitchener stitch. It’s not that tricky and there are oodles of tutorials and videos out there. For me, it works better if worked from the stockinette side, which is the wrong side of the hat.
This pattern is sized for a toddler but can easily be adapted for an infant or an adult. Simply cast on 19 stitches and work 9 short rows per section. For an adult cast on 26 stitches and work 12 short rows per section.