Knit by Bit: free children’s hat knitting pattern for Valentine’s
Want to make something for your true love this Valentine’s? This free children’s hat knitting pattern means you can whip up something snuggly for your little one.
I come from a big family full of kids – so even though I don’t have any of my own, there’s no shortage of little feet and happy squeals. For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to design something for the Valentine we can all count on – the treasured little ones in our lives. They certainly won’t stand you up on February 14th – although, they might sneak nibbles of your fancy chocolate!
This is a simple pattern that beginners who want to try the fair isle technique would be able to achieve. Stranded knitting (fair isle) is in fact, easier in the round! I used GGH Andania yarn – it’s 100% alpaca and deliciously soft. Alpaca fiber is incredibly warm, and perfect for keeping your little one warm. This hat fits kids with about a 19″ head diameter – but the hat has about 2″ of stretch as well.
1 ball of GGH Andania in Fuchsia
2 balls of GGH Andania in Zyklam
1 pair of 6 mm (US 10) circular needles
1 pair of 7 mm (US 11) circular needles
With the smaller needles and the lighter pink Zyklam shade of yarn, cast on 60 stitches and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work in a K2, P2 rib for 4 inches.
Begin working the colorwork chart: remember to catch up your floats every 3 – 4 stitches to prevent puckers and stiff fabric. The colorwork design is made with the darker Fuchsia shade.
After working the chart, knit one round with the main Zyklam color.
Next round: K2tog across all stitches – 30 stitches remain.
Next round: Knit across all stitches
Next round: K2tog across all stitches – 15 stitches remain
Draw yarn through the remaining stitches, and pull tight to close up the hole. Weave in ends, and you’re all done!
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Last updated: February 3rd, 2016.