Thursday, 24 March 2011

Rufty Tufty Boys Beanie Hat

I have found lots of hats for little girls but hats for little boys are few and far between, so using the classic beanie design which uses multiples of eight stitches and knits in the round, I came up with a little number in cotton, which is both soft, structured and textured.  They are such a quick knit I have made four for my first Spring Craft Show on Saturday, fingers crossed that they sell well!

And I have also submitted this to Wendy's Handmade Monday blog

Pattern for the Rufty Tufty Beanie Hat

1 ball of Gedifra Fiorista Cotton
1 set of size 4 Double Pointed Needles (DPN)

Cast on 64 stitches as follows, 21 on the first needle, 22 on the second needle and 21 on the third needle - 64 stitches. Remember to make sure when you join the circle that your stitches are not twisted.

Knit 13 rows.

Purl1 row

Knit 2 rows

Purl 3 rows

Knit 3 rows

Purl 2 rows

Knit 2 rows

Purl 1 rows

Knit 6 rows

Commence decreasing as follows:

Row 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 tog  (8 times) to the end of the row (56 st)
Row 2: Knit 5, Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (48 st)
Row 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (40 st)
Row 4: Knit 3, Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (32 st)
Row 5: Knit 2, Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (24 st)
Row 6: Knit 1, Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (16 st)
Row 7: Knit 2 tog (8 times) to the end of the row (8 st)
Row 8: Knit 2, Knit 2 tog twice (6 st)

To make the tail

Place all the stitches on one of the DPN, Knit one row, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle, bring the wool tightly around the back and knit another row, continue until your tail is the length that you need.  You may notice that there looks to be a big gap when you do the first couple of rows - don't worry - this will even out as you continue to knit up your tail.

I tend to knit it up and tie the knot in and see what length looks good against the beanie.

Using a sewing up needle thread the wool through the stitches twice to gather up the end and pull tightly.  Slip the needle inside your tail and sew in your loose end securely.

This hat should fit a 0 - 6 month old.  For larger sizes just add 8 stitches to your casting on but always reduce to 6 stitches for your tail.

I have also made the hat in Sirdar Summer Stripes, which gives a less structured finish.

And below are the selection which I have made over the last fortnight to take to the show on Saturday.


Yarn Dependent Me said...

I love them! They're precious!

SeniorCrafts said...

Ros these are great little boy hats - sure they will sell like hotcakes! The green one with the white top looks just like an elf leaf hat! Nancy

Carolee Crafts said...

I love the cluster of hats, all the colours so pretty

Wendy said...

Oh, how gorgeous! I can just picture a cluster of toddlers in these!

Thanks for taking part in HM x

Kat Shenton said...

Aww this are great. They would make excellent gifts!

Glitz and Glamour said...

What lovely hats. I got lost just reading your pattern, would dread to think what my attempt would look like.

Charters said...

They all look so cute,

dreamstar said...

good luck with the fair. The hats are great i hope they sell for you. They look really fashionable

cj said...

They look great :) Good luck with the fair

Rachael said...

Great idea to do something with little boys in mind. I love your hats and hope they sell well for you.

itsamistry said...

WOW they look great and yes it's difficult finding things for boys that are a little bit different. Hope you ahve a good time at the fair.

Mrs A. said...

Ros, These are adorable. I have two grandsons (one who hates having a hat on cos its girlie) and sis has 3 grandsons so thankyou so much for the pattern. It will be put to good use.

Linda said...

wow they are gorgeou. I agree it is difficult finding hats for baby boys. Have a great craft fair hope you sell out.

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