Monday, January 14, 2013

Plaited Baby Hat

With the request/challenge of creating cabled leg warmers, I studied the charts in 400 knitting stitches by Potter Craft. I selected Plait 3, p103, and 9-Stitch Plait, p52.  I’ve cast on 58 stitches, worked the rib, and finished a hat. I’ve also been designing and typing with Intwined Pattern Studio. I’m enjoying the look of the plaiting. It looks really complicated, but it's made with series of cable 6 front, and cable 6 back. I've edited the pattern, and I am ready to post the results.  Tomorrow I'll get started on the cabled leg warmers.

Plaited Baby Hat
Finished size: flat 10”, stretches to 14”circumference; height 8”
Gauge: 5sts = 1”
Yarn: Cotton blend in worsted weight
Photo: Plaited Baby Hat is knit in Knit Picks Shine Worsted; 60% Pima/ 40% Modal; 
                   75yards/ 50grams
Needles: Size US#6, 12” circular needles, size US#7, 12”circular needles, 
                   size US#7 set of double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle
Abbreviations: k = knit    p= purl    Rnd/s=round/s    sts=stitches    cn=cable needle   
PM=place marker    k2tog=knit 2 together     p2tog=purl 2 together      BO=bind off     CO=cast on
Special Stitches:
Cable 6 Front: c6f: slip 3 sts to cn and hold in front of work, k3, then k3 sts from cn.
Cable 6 Back: c6b: slip 3 sts to cn and hold in back of work, k3,then k3 sts from cn
1/1 Right Cross: 11rc: slip 1 st to cn and hold in back of work, k1, then k st from cn
(Helpful hint:  I prefer working the 11rc: K2tog, leave on left needle, insert right needle again into the first stitch on needle, knit 1, drop both stitches)
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #6, 12”circular needles. Cast on 58 stitches.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rib rnds 1-10: Knit 1, purl 1  rib
Set up for hat as follows:  
            With size #7, 16” circular needles, K18, p2, (PM, k2, p2, k9, p2, k2, p2) twice
            Next round: K3, (c6f) twice, k3, p2, (11rc, p2, k3, c6f, p2, 11rc, p2) twice

Hat: Complete rounds 1-10 three times.
Rnds 1-4: K18, p2, (k2, p2, k9, p2, k2, p2) twice
Rnd 5: (C6b)three times, p2, (11rc, p2, c6b, k3, p2, 11rc, p2) twice
Rnds 6-9: K18, p2,(k2, p2, k9, p2, k2, p2) twice
Rnd 10: K3, (c6f) twice, k3, p2, (11rc, p2, k3, c6f, p2, 11rc, p2) twice
After you've complete rounds 1-10 three times, start crown decrease.
Rnd 1: K18, p2tog,(k2, p2tog, k9, p2tog, k2, p2tog) twice      51sts
Rnd 2: *Knit 3, k2tog; repeat from* to end of round, k1         41sts
Rnd 3: Knit 39, k2tog                                                                40sts
Rnd 4: *Knit 2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round               30sts
Rnd 5: Knit
Rnd 6: *Knit 1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round               20sts
Rnd 7: *K2tog; *repeat until 10 stitches remain
Finishing: Cut 12” yarn, and thread end through remaining 10 stitches. Pull together and tie off.

This pattern is available at
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1/14/13
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  I enjoy knitting, but I'm still developing the computer skills.  I'll print a copy of the chart and key from Intwined Pattern Studio.  I'll be sure the credit is also available in the photo.
When working from the chart, the pattern is worked twice from stitches 21 to 39.

Here are a few photos of the process:
Let's get started with the design.

Design with Intwined Pattern Studio, and start working.  You can see there is more work ahead.

Work the crown on double pointed needles.
The Plaited Baby Hat is finished!  Tomorrow I'll get started on the cabled leg warmers!
pattern pdf Plaited Hat & Leg Warmers is available at (login needed)

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