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Little Stripey Elf Hat

I absolutely love to knit this little newborn hat. Its somehow addictive as it involves counting and when the shaping part starts it is very satisfying to watch the hat complete really quickly.  They make awesome photo props and have been very popular with newborn photographers. Here are some which I made in action as props…

I love it so much that I thought I would share my pattern.

This hat is not suitable for every day wear due to the long tail, however you could just omit the tail for an equally cute little garment.

The yarn that is used in these photographs is Sirdar Supersoft Aran. I always buy it from Deramores (a UK company)  as they deliver pretty quickly and often have good sales on. Here is a link to the store…

You can substitute the yarn with any aran/worsted yarn. I looked at some USA websites, Knit Picks has some yarns which look similar, for example Brava Worsted and at the FiberWild! online store I found Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, which I once used to make a whole bunch of these hats for a photographer. She felt that more expensive yarn looked better in her images. I was only too happy to oblige. Stunning and gorgeous yarn!

Well here is the pattern. Enjoy, and any feedback is of course very welcome!

Required:
One pair of 5mm straight knitting needles.
Approx 20g each of two colours of aran yarn. The hats in the photographs are made with Sirdar Supersoft Aran.
Scissors and needle for sewing up.
Choose the main colour which you will use for the brim (colour A)
The other yarn will be used for the contrast stripe (colour B – in the picture above white is colour B)
Pattern
With 5mm needles and colour A, cast on 50 stitches.
Row 1 – * k2,p2 repeat from * to end of row
Row 2 – *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more, so you have a total of 8 rows of 2×2 rib.
The rest of the hat is knit in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) changing colours every 2 rows. Both shades of yarn are carried up through the work so do not cut the yarn. Here are row by row instructions for the main body of the hat.
1 attach colour B and with colour B knit entire row
2 with colour B purl entire row
3 with colour A knit entire row
4 with colour A purl entire row
5 with colour B knit entre row
6 with colour B purl entire row
7 with colour A knit entire row
8 with colour A knit entire row
9 with colour B, knit entire row decreasing 2 stitches evenly across the row
10 with colour B purl entire row
11 with colour A, (k10,k2tog) to end of row
12 with colour A purl entire row
13 with colour B, (k9,k2tog) to end of row
14 with colour B purl entire row
15 with colour A, (k8,k2tog) to end of row
16 with colour A, purl entire row
17 with colour B, (k7,k2tog) to end of row
18 with colour B, purl entire row
19 with colour A,(k6,k2tog) to end of row
20 with colour A, purl entire row
21 with colour B,(k5,k2tog) to end of row
22 with colour B, purl entire row
23 with colour A, (k4,k2tog) to end of row
24 with colour A, purl entire row
25 with colour B (k3,k2tog) to end of row
26 with colour B purl entire row
27 with colour A, (k2,k2tog) to end of row
28 with colour A, purl entire row
29 with colour B, (k1,k2tog) to end of row
30 with colour B, purl entire row
31 with colour A (k1,k2tog) twice, k2
32 with colour A purl entire row
33 with colour B(k1,k2tog) twice
34 with colour B purl entire row
35 with colour A knit entire row
36 with colour A purl entire row
37 with colour B knit entire row
38 with colour B purl entire row
39 with colour A knit entire row
40 with colour A purl entire row
41 with colour B knit entire row
42 with colour B purl entire row
43 with colour A knit entire row
44 with colour A purl entire row
45 with colour B k2tog twice
46 with colour B p2tog
You now need to cut the 2 strands of yarn LONG ENOUGH to form the braided tail, 80cm is the approximate length used in the photographs. Once cut, thread both strands through the remaining stitch and pull to secure.
Sew up the back seam and sew in all ends.
Now cut one length of each colour yarn twice the length of the desired tassle length (so 160cm for the hats in the photographs).
Thread both strands onto a needle and thread through the top of the hat where the other 2 strands are. Pull until you have 6 strands of an even length at the end of the hat. Braid, and knot to secure when the desired length is reached, and trim as desired.

Abbreviations Used
K – knit
P – purl
K2tog – knit 2 together
P2tog – purl 2 together

I have a few other patterns available on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/designers/pompoms-rock really must get designing some more!

Thanks very much for reading.

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