Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Pretending that Airplanes are Shooting Stars" Hat

As I was picking out the yarn that I wanted to use for my new hat design, "Airplanes" by B.O.B started playing on the radio. The song was the inspiration for this new, simple hat. It's amazingly easy to make (it was finished in one night and one morning of knitting) and is also very versatile. You can change it to look the way that you want. The yarn that I chose to make this hat with is a mystery; there were no labels attached to it when I got it, but it is a worsted-weight yarn. Choose the yarn that you want and start knitting. Here is how I made mine:

With size 9 (5.5mm) 16"(40cm) circular needle,
CO 76 sts (any multiple of 4 will do), join in the round being careful not to twist and place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Knit in K2P2 rib for 1 inch
Start knitting in stockinette stitch (knit every stitch on every round).

Insert the star chart wherever you want and change the colors whenever you feel like it! Make the hat your own.

Knit until desired length (about 8-9 inches) and start decreasing:

Round 1:*k2,k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Round 2: knit every st
Round 3: *k1,k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Round 4: knit every st
Round5: *k2tog* repeat until the end of the round

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail, thread the yarn through the stitches on the needles. Pull to gather the top of the hat. Secure and knot on the WS. Weave in ends.

There it is! Now you have a star to wish on!
This hat is really just the starting point. By creating your own charts or experimenting with different colored yarns, you can customize this hat to make it fit your personality! Enjoy.

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