Friday, September 7, 2012


This year I started spinning again, and I am feeling very addicted to the process. I wanted to create a knitting pattern that highlights some of my handspun yarns, and thus "Highlights Baby Hat" was born! This is a simple rolled brim stockinette baby hat with eyelets to allow you to thread another featured yarn/ribbon through the brim. I hope that you enjoy this cute simple pattern.

  • 60 yards sport weight yarn. The yarn that I used in this project is a thick and thin single ply yarn (~12 dpi) that I spun myself. I would recommend that you use a thick/thin yarn for this project to get a similar effect. Lots of spinners sell their hand spun yarns on Etsy.
  • 5 - size 5 double pointed knitting needles.
  • 1 yard bulky hand spun yarn or pretty ribbon
  • Yarn needle for weaving in loose ends.
  • Gauge: 19 sts/ 4"; 7 rows/inch.
  • Finished size: Newborn (13" circumference, 6" tall with rolled brim, 6.5" tall with brim blocked flat.)

The Pattern
  • Cast on 60 sts across 4 double pointed needles (15 sts per needle). Join to knit in the round
  • Knit 4 rounds even
  • Eyelet Round: *K1, YO, K2tog* repeat from * across the round. (60 sts)
  • Knit 35 rounds or until the hat measures 5.75" from the cast on edge (5" from the eyelet round.)
  • Begin Decreases for the crown: *K4, K2tog* repeat from *across (50 sts)
  • K across
  • *K3, K2tog* repeat from *across (40 sts)
  • K across
  • *K2, K2tog* repeat from *across (30 sts)
  • K across
  • *K1, K2tog* repeat from *across (20 sts)
  • K across
  • K2tog across (10 sts)
  • K2tog across (5 sts)
  • Break yarn, pull through the remaining 5 stitches. Weave in loose ends.
  • Take your yard of bulky hand spun and starting with the tail on the outside of the hat weave through the eyelets. Tie into a bow.
If you don't have hand spun yarn to use for the bow, don't despair! You can create a crochet chain, braid some yarns or find some fun novelty ribbon.

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
WS - Wrong side of the fabric
RS - Right side of the fabric (the side of the project that you will see in the end)
S1 - slip one stitch purlwise
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.K - knit
P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.
Kitchener stitch - a method of grafting live stitches together to make an invisible seam.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute, sell or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2012 ChemKnits