The Great Pumpkin Hat by Mary Ann Stephens
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The Great Pumpkin Hat

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Knitting
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
infant, toddler, youth & adult
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I made this way back in 2003 for my youngest boy, pictured, who is now a big eleven year old. (He still likes to squeeze into it, come October, LOL!) Someone just requested it, so I’m putting it into PDF format now. There’s also a kit for it on my Kidsknits site, http://kidsknits.com/pumpkinkit.html

I know there are plenty of punkin-head hats out there, but I liked how the stem on this one worked out. There are 3 rounds, at the bottom of the stem, that use the 2 colors at once. So, technically, I guess you could say it’s somewhat “stranded” (although it certainly doesn’t appear that way.) There are 2 things especially nice about those few added, stranded rounds: First, they give it a more realistic look by allowing the green stem to reach down into the orange, as in nature. Second, they make the hat a great “first time” project for anyone who isn’t quite ready for full blown stranded knitting. It really doesn’t matter if you end up pulling the strands a little tighter than necessary, as many “first timers” do. The hat is gathered at that area anyway, so we don’t expect to see anything smooth there. Plus, a tight float would only give it a little more of a 3-D effect - perfectly fine, in this case.