Sittin’ and knittin’ - 12/08/10
We’re still in the Christmas mood so, here are directions for a Jingle Bell Hat.
Finished Dimensions: Sized for an infant to 12 months.
Materials needed: 3 ounces yarn (I used Simply Soft from Wal-Mart), size 6 circular needle, set of size 6 double pointed needles, 8 - 13mm jingle bells, a needle to thread bells onto yarn and a tapestry needle.
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1”.
Abbreviations: k - knit, tog - together.
Hat Brim: Before starting the pattern, string all 8 jingle bells onto the ball of yarn.
Note: You will need a long tail because you will end up with 240 stitches. With circular needle, cast on 15 stitches and slide one bell into place, *cast on 30 stitches and slide 2nd bell into place. Repeat from * until all 8 bells have been placed on cast on row, ending with cast on 15 stitches (240 stitches). Join being careful not to twist stitches. You can use tail as your marker to indicate beginning of the round.
Round 1 and all odd rounds, knit.
Round 2: k13, k2tog, *k2tog, k26, k2tog, repeat from * around ending with k13.
Round 4: k12, k2tog, *k2tog, k24, k2tog, repeat from * around ending with k12.
Round 6: k11, k2tog, *k2tog, k22, k2tog, repeat from * around ending with k11.
Round 8: k10, k2tog, *k2tog, k20, k2tog, repeat from * around ending with k10.
Continue in this manner until you complete Round 19. Round 20: k4, k2tog, *k2tog, k8, k2tog, repeat from * around ending with k4 (80 stitches). NOTE: At some point, it will be necessary for you to switch to the double pointed needles. Round 21: knit. Cut yarn, leaving a length long enough to weave in.
Working with wrong side facing you and starting yarn at beginning of another needle to prevent holes when switching direction of knitting, knit around for 6” or desired depth of crown.
Round 1 and all odd rounds: knit. Round 2: *k8, k2tog, repeat from * around. Round 4: *k7, k2tog, repeat from * around. Round 6: *k6, k2tog, repeat from * around. Round 8: *k5, k2tog, repeat from * around. Round 10: *k4, k2tog, repeat from * around. Round 12: *k3, k2tog, repeat from * around.
Rounds 14 and 16” k2tog around. Cut yarn. Weave in loose ends and trim. Fold brim and tack to crown, centering each tack stitch between jingle bells.