Monday, December 5, 2011

Elf hat free knitting pattern by Leanne Dyck

This adorable children's hat is the perfect project for the beginning knitter, but I'm guessing knitters of all skill levels will want to knit it.

Like all the patterns I share on this blog, this pattern was designed by Leanne Dyck.

Baby hat

knitting needles:  4.50 mm/US 7/UK7
Yarn:  worsted weight main and contrasting colour
Tension:  4 stitches x 6 rows = one inch

4 x 4 rib
Row:  knit four, purl four--to end of row
Repeat row for pattern

Stockinette stitch
Row 1:  knit--to end of row
Row 2:  purl--to end of row
Repeat row for pattern

Cast on 56 stitches with main colour
Work in 4 x 4 rib stitch for 2 inches [5.08 cm]
Work in Stockinette stitch with contrasting colour for two rows
Alternate between main and contrasting colours every second row
Decrease two stitches at the beginning and end of row every second row
When hat measures 10 inches [25.4] and 6 stitches remain, slip stitches onto a double point needle
Work I-cord for six inches
Using a darning needle, pull thread through stitches and secure
Add fringe