Here's what I did this weekend!
The idea for the hat is from Sally Melville's book "The Purl Stitch" on page 124. Then I just went crazy making variations. I have more ideas, but only 1 more skein of yarn. Maybe I can sneak out for more while everyone's gone this week. They'll never notice a few more skeins- there's yarn in every closet anyway. Here's the pattern if anyone wants to try it. Let me know if something doesn't make sense.
Mix ‘n Match Baby Hat
Using bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Jiffy- 1 skein made 2 hats) and #10 dp needles, cast on 54 stitches. Decide how you want to do the edge: 1) K1P1 for 4 rounds; 2) K3 rounds, P1 row; 3) P 4 rounds; 4) K3P3 rounds.
Pick a pattern for the main part of the hat and work for about 3”: 1) Rounds 1-3 K3P3 around, rounds 4-6 P3K3 around, repeat for pattern; 2) Round 1 K, round 2 K1P1 around, repeat for pattern; 3) K4P1 around and around and… the P1 bump will move over one stitch each round; 4) Round 1-2 K1P1, round 2-3 P1K1, repeat for pattern.
Now, P 1 round, K 1 round, and start decreases. K7 K2 tog around, K a round, K6 K2tog around, K around, continue decrease pattern until you K2 together around. K 2 tog around again and you’ll have 3 stitches.
Finish by: 1) Cut yarn and thread through stitches. 2) I-cord 3 rounds and finish off. 3) I-cord 3”, finish off and attach a tassel. 4) I-cord 3”, finish off and tie in a knot.
DD #1 and my husband have gone to pick up a platter of ribs to munch during the Super Bowl. I'm going to church, so chances are DD #2 and I will have to fend for ourselves when we get home- there won't be anything left. It's kinda messy to eat while I knit anyway.