Child's Self-striping Hat by Janet D. Russell
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Child's Self-striping Hat

November 2008
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
137 - 273 yards (125 - 250 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This pattern was written for the Adriafil Knitcol self-striping yarn, but I also included several different yarn weights and gauge options on the second page. If you knit the XS, you’ll have enough yarn left over to make a pom pom for your hat.

Please send me an email or PM if you have any questions about this pattern or if you find an error. I’ve made every attempt to make this pattern as clear and error-free as possible.

Designer Notes

  • Because I get a lot of messages asking me what size you should knit (I have no idea -- I don’t know what yarn you’re using or what your gauge/tension is), I would like to also include a link to my other free baby hat pattern: Very Basic Baby Beanie. This question is most often coming from somebody who wishes to knit a hat for a newborn up to 3 months. Please refer to the Very Basic Baby Beanie pattern (linked above -- free download) if you’re about to contact me to find out which size you need to knit for a baby/newborn.

  • For this self-striping hat, I have knit it with a much smaller needle size than called for in order to get my desired fabric. That’s all that gauge is -- the needle size that yields the look and fit that you want using the yarn of your choice. Everybody’s gauge (or tension) is different and I do not know what your gauge (or tension) is.

Consider your first hat a swatch and buy enough yarn to knit the pattern again based on what that first hat teaches you. Generally, you want a baby/child hat to have some negative ease so that you get a hat that stretches over the wearer’s head rather than just sits there. That means if your wearer has a 20” head, you don’t want to knit a 20” hat. You’ll want to knit an 18” hat (2” of negative ease or “stretch”).

Generally speaking, if your tension is tight, you’ll be fighting with the yarn as you knit and the resulting hat fabric will be stiff. If your tension is loose, you’ll see a lot of space between your stitches and it will feel floppy. You want to end up somewhere in the middle. Again -- that might mean you’ll be using a different needle size than you expected.