Kaiya Mei by Jamie Hoffman
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Kaiya Mei

August 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
75 - 100 yards (69 - 91 m)
Baby 6-12 months
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I designed this pattern for a special baby girl named Kaiya Mei. This Fair Isle motif is intended to fade gradually and randomly from the first color to the second. I chose a multi-color yarn with a natural main color to soften the look, but I think two solid and contrasting colors would work great, too. Get creative!

This pattern includes a chart. However, given the random nature of the motif it is a forgiving pattern, so color mistakes are no biggie!

Sizing: Unfortunately this pattern is designed for babies 6-12 months only. While the math doesn’t quite work out for a child’s size, it would be easy to modify for an adult size. Simply CO 96 sts, work the k1p1 rib for 10 rnds, & knit 14 rnds of stockinette prior to starting the colorwork. Otherwise follow the pattern exactly, and voila, you have an adult-sized hat. If you really want to knit a newborn, child’s size or small adult size, I can give you some changes to help, but you would still have to tinker with the chart to get the look you want. (Again, that wouldn’t be hard because it is so random!)
Newborn: CO 60, k1p1 6 rnds, work 2 rnds St st before starting colorwork
Child’s size: CO 80, k1p1 8 rnds, work 6 rnds St st before starting colorwork
Big kid/small adult size: CO 88, k1p1 10 rnds, work 10 rnds St st before starting colorwork