Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Knitting Pattern: Little Giraffe Hat

What noise does a Giraffe make?


"RAWR!"

It's been almost a year since I made Bug Bug her first Giraffe Hat and she's most assuredly out grown it. Our spunky little Giraffe needed a new hat, one that could grow with her for a few years. I typically find knit hats to be a bit more stretchy, so I decided to knit her a new Giraffe hat, one to match her Christmas present.


Techniques You'll Need:
- Magic Loop (or DPNs)
- Knit & Purl
- Knit 2 together (k2tog)
- Slip, slip, knit (ssk)

Extra Things You'll Need:
- Darning Needle

As always, I present this pattern to you for free with the understanding that it's mine. Mine, I tell you! Do not copy or sell this pattern, or the hats you make with it, without my permission. This pattern is for  personal and charity use only. Kthx.

Little Giraffe Hat

This hat is knit from the bottom up, starting with a simple k1, p1 rib for the brim and stockinette for the body. It's a basic hat pattern for a toddler, with the added cuteness of some ears, horns and spots. It's very stretchy and will easily fit toddlers to young children.

For the Crochet version of this hat, see my Baby Giraffe Hat pattern.

Yarn
:  Cascade 220 Superwash Daffodil (main color) & Orange (secondary color)
Gauge: 16 rows x 20 stitches for a 4" square (in Cascade 220)
Needle: US 6 (4.00m)

Body:
The hat itself is made up of two parts, the brim and the body. The brim is a stretchy rib knit with the secondary color and the body is just plain knitting with the main color.

Brim:
Cast on 72 stitches with Orange. (Or more, or less, so long as it's a multiple of 8.)

Join for knitting in the round, being mindful not to twist your stitches. Place marker where your rounds end.

Work k1, p1 around for each round until you have a brim that measures 1 inch.

Body:
The mindless part! Knit like the wind!!

Switch to Daffodil. Knit in the round until the hat measures 5.5" from the cast on edge. Adjust this measurement as needed if making a larger or smaller hat.

Crown Decreases: 
Note: After a round of two of decreases, you might have to switch to DPNs or Magic Loop technique.

*K6, k2tog, repeat from * around
K around
*K5, k2tog, repeat from * around
K around
*K4, k2tog, repeat from * around
K around
*K3, k2tog, repeat from * around
K around
*K2, k2tog, repeat from * around
K around
*k2tog, repeat from * around

Cut your yarn leaving a 8" tail and pull it though all your remaining stitches. Remove them from the needles and tighten the tail so that the hole closes. Weave in your tail and trim the extra.

Horns (Make 2):
The rounds are worked in the round on DPNS or using the Magic Loop technique.

Cast on 8 stitches with 3 on two DPNs and 2 on one DPN.

Knit around for 13 rounds.

k2tog around so you have four stitches. Cut your yarn leaving a 4" tail and pull through the remaining stitches. Close the hole, weave in your ends and trim your excess yarn.

Make a 1.5" Pom Pom and attach to the end of the horn. Lightly stuff the horn so it'll stand up and attach to the top of the hat using main color yarn. You might want to wait until you have completed both horns before attaching, so you can pin them into position and make sure they're evenly spaced. Use the pictures throughout this pattern to help you position.

Ears (Make 2):
The ears are worked flat and have a lining knit with the secondary color for a pop of color. They could be easily modified to be more or less floppy by adding or removing stitches and stockinette rows.

Outer Ear:
Cast on 10.
R1:  Purl all.
R2:  Knit all.
R3:  Purl all.
R4:  Knit all.
R5:  Purl all.
R6:  Knit all.
R7:  Purl all.
R8:  Kfb, k8, kfb.
R9:  Purl all.
R10: Kfb, K10, kfb.
R11: Purl all.
R12: Knit all.
R13: Purl all.
R14: Knit all.
R15: Purl all.
R16: k1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1 (12 stitches)
R17: Purl all.
R18: k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1 (10 stitches)
R19: p1, p2tog, p4, p2tog, p1 (8 stitches)
R20: k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1 (6 stitches)
R21: p1, p2tog twice, p1 (4 stitches)
R22: ssk, k2tog (2 stitches)
R23: p2tog

Cut yarn leaving a 10" tail and bind off. You'll use the tail to sew the liner to this outside piece.

Ear Lining:
Cast on 8 with secondary color.
R1:  Purl all.
R2:  Knit all.
R3:  Purl all.
R4:  Knit all.
R5:  Purl all.
R6:  Kfb, k6, kfb (10 stitches)
R7:  Purl all.
R8: Kfb, K8, kfb (12 stitches)
R9: Purl all.
R10: Knit all.
R11: Purl all.
R12: Knit all.
R13: Purl all.
R14: k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1 (10 stitches)
R15: Purl all.
R16: k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1 (8 stitches)
R17: p1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p1 (6 stitches)
R18: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 stitches)
R19: p1, p2tog, p1 (2 stitches)
R20: k2tog

Cut yarn leaving a 3" tail and bind off. Weave in the end to the back of the lining and cut it short so it'll be hidden when you sew the ear together.

Position a lining and outer ear piece so their backs (purl sides) are together. Using the tail from the outer ear, whip stitch along the edges around the ear. When you get to the bottom of the ear, pinch the sides together and sew it so it's folded, then continue up the other edge. Once you're sure the lining is securely attached, weave in your ends and trim.

Attach the ear to the hat using main color yarn. I'd wait until you have both ears completed before attaching them, so you can pin them into position first and make sure they're evenly spaced. Use the pictures throughout this pattern to help you position.

Spots (Make 6-7):
The spots are, as always, optional. I got a lot of pictures of Bug wearing her hat without spots and then later decided the hat needed them. I originally made only 6 spots but when I was attaching them, I decided I needed one more. Feel free to make more or less of the spots and attach them as desired around the hat.

Cast on 3.
R1:  k1, m1 left, k1, m1 right, k1 (5 stitches)
R2:  Purl all.
R3:  k1, m1 left, k3, m1 right, k1 (7 stitches)
R4:  Purl all.
R5:  k1, m1 left, k5, m1 right, k1 (9 stitches)
R6:  Purl all.
R7:  Knit all.
R8:  Purl all.
R9:  ssk, k5, k2tog (7 stitches)
R10: p2tog, p3, p2tog (5 stitches)
R11: ssk, k1, k2tog (3 stitches)

Bind off purlwise. Cut a 8" tail and use that to whipstitch the spot to the hat.

Place your Giraffe hat on your little Giraffe and enjoy the show!


Where's the Giraffe?


Say Hi to the Giraffe!


"Hi!"