Crystal Palace Yarns - FREE PATTERN - Knit
Description: This baby hat features a braided and 4-stitch cable design with squared top done in 3-needle bind-off. It is finished off with I-cord knots at each corner. It is knit in the round and uses less than a ball of Cuddles DK.
Level: Easy/Intermediate (cables, working in the round, 3-needle BO)
Size: 14 (15½)" circumference
Gauge: 5½ sts (5 sts) =1" over St st
Abbreviations: BO- bind off; C4L- cable 4 left (sl 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle); C6L- cable 6 left (sl 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle); C6R- (sl 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k3, k3 from cable needle); CO- cast on; k- knit; m1- make one (pull up band of yarn on row below between st just worked and next st and sl onto working needle, knit into back of this st to make a new st); p- purl; rem- remaining; rnd- round; sl- slip; st(s)- stitches; tog- together
CO 80 sts over 4 dpn's in appropriate size for desired circumference. Join and knit 10 rnds.
Inc rnd: (K8, m1) around. [90 sts]
Begin Cable Pattern:
Rnd 1-3: (K10, p2, k4, p2, k9, p2, k4, p2, k10) 2 times.
Rnd 4: (K10, p2, C4L, p2, C6R, k3, p2, C4L, p2, k10) 2 times.
Rnds 5-7: As Rnds 1-3.
Rnd 8: (K10, p2,C4L, p2, k3, C6L, p2, C4L, p2, k10) 2 times.
Repeat these 8 rnds until piece measures ~5 (5½)" from beg of Cable Pattern, ending with a Rnd 7 (3) of pattern and ending 4 sts before end of rnd. Slip last 4 sts and 1st 4 sts onto scrap yarn and hold aside.
Begin 3-Needle Bind-Off
Slip stitches so they are on 2 needles rather than 4 (1 needle in the front and 1 in the back).
Insert working needle into 1st st in front then into 1st st in back and k tog.
*Insert working needle into next st in front, then into next st in back and k tog. Sl 1st st on working needle over 2nd st on working needle. (1 st bound off), rep from * until there are 4 sts left on each of the front and back needles. Sl last st on working needle over next st on front needle. [8 sts rem in corner].
Begin I-Cord Knot:
Sl all 8 sts onto 1 dpn.
*Knit across 8 sts, do not turn; rep from * until cord measures 4". Cut end, leaving 8" tail, and thread tapestry needle through rem sts. Pull tight and secure end on inside of cord.
Sl the 8 sts on the scrap yarn onto a dpn and work 2nd I-cord as for 1st. Weave in all ends. Tie I-cords in knots to finish off the hat.