Dino Topper by Ursula Almeida
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Dino Topper

Knitting
June 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in stranded st st in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
120 - 180 yards (110 - 165 m)
child (19-21")(48-54cm)
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Inspired by my nephew’s love of dinosaurs, I set out to create a colorful hat for children to proclaim their love for prehistoric creatures.

Dino Topper features stranded knitting in the round starting with a corrugated rib brim. Duplicate stitch is suggested to avoid the longest floats and to use just two colors per row.


Yarn: Wool is strongly recommended for this hat so that blocking will work its magic, making your hat a smidge bigger if necessary and smoothing out duplicate stitch.

Gauge: It is very important to meet gauge or be able to calculate adjustments. The motif continues into the crown decreases so nearly the entire hat is charted.

Size: This pattern is written for a child’s 19-21” (48-53cm) head circumference. I’ve included modifications for a slightly larger size to accommodate a slightly larger head size, as the written size was just a bit too snug on my son’s melon 21.5” (54.6cm).

Important: This is atypical stranded knitting where floats are long but the finished hat is worth it!

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner or comfortable intermediate in stranded knitting

Techniques: knitting in the round, two-color stranded, color-coded chart (decreases written and charted), duplicate stitch OR three-color stranded, corrugated rib (optional).

Yardage Estimates (based on largest size):
MC – Brown 35yds/16g
CC1 – Red 33yds/15g
CC2 – Dark Orange 9yds/4g
CC3 – Orange 9yds/4g
CC4 – Yellow 5yds/2g
CC5 – Green 33yds/15g
CC6 – Sky Blue 44yds/20g
CC7 – Navy Blue 33yds/15g