Thursday, May 10, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern! Preschooler Rugby Hat



Preschooler Rugby Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

The Preschooler Rugby Hat is a super warm and quickly knit hat for your preschooler with bulky yarn and large needles. Your little one will be the cutest kid in class! Directions given for knitting in the round and knitting flat. Have fun making a few of these as a super fast stash buster!

In case you missed it, here's the link to the Toddler Rugby Hat too:

Materials:
  • 1 skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or Lion Brand Hometown USA in the colorway of your choice
  • Scraps of the same yarn in a contrasting color for stripes (if desired)
  • US15 (10.0 mm) 16” circular needle (round version)
  • Set of 4 US15 (10.0 mm) DPNs (round version)
  • US15 (10.0 mm) straight needles (flat version)
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle
Sizing:
  • Preschooler (3 & 4 years old)
Abbreviations:
  • CO: Cast On
  • PM: Place Marker
  • RPT: Repeat
  • K2tog: Knit two together
  • MC: Main color
  • CC: Contrasting color
  • St st: Stockinette stitch
Instructions for knitting hat in the round:
CO 44 sts with MC
PM
Join in the round being careful not to twist
Round 1: K2, P2 to end of round
Repeat 5 more times.
Continuing to work in MC, work in st st for 6 rounds (knit every round)
Switch to CC for 2 rounds in st st
Work MC for 2 rounds in st st
Work CC for 2 rounds in st st
Work MC for 6 more rounds in st st

Decrease:
(Switch to DPNs when needed and work entire decrease portion with MC)
Round 1: K2, K2tog to end of round.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: K1, K2tog to end of round
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: K2tog to end of round

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends. Add a large pom pom if desired.

Instructions for knitting hat flat:
CO 44 sts with MC
Round 1: K2, P2 to end of round
Repeat 5 more times.
Continuing to work in MC, work in st st for 6 rows
Switch to CC and work 2 rows st st
Work MC for 2 rows in st st
Work CC for 2 rows in st st
Work MC for 6 more rows in st st

Decrease:
(Switch to DPNs when needed and work entire decrease portion with MC)
Round 1: K2, K2tog to end of round.
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: K1, K2tog to end of round
Round 4: Purl
Round 5: K2tog to end of round

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Seam up the back and weave in ends. Add a large pom pom if desired.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

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14 comments:

  1. Oh this is really cute! Gotta make some soon for when fall comes!

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  2. Aren't size 15 needles really big.

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    1. Yes, they make for a chunky and lofty hat that is super warm!

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  3. Hi, I want to knit this fab hat for each of my kids for xmas. I am new to knitting in the round so my question is.... why do you have to change from a circular needle to dpn's when decreasing?.

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    1. Hi and thanks for your question! The reason you have to decrease is because as you decrease the tube you are creating will start to be too small for the circumference of the circular needle...the dpns are help for this because you can make very narrow things in the round. I hope that helps!

      Also, this hat is very stretchy so you may be able to get a few winter's out of them too!

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  4. Ok, I understand. Thanks so much and wish me luck!!

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    1. Good luck! Oh and here is a photo tutorial on DPNs you might find to be helpful:

      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-knit-wth-double-pointed-needles.html

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  5. Hi Jennifer - thanks for the great pattern! I've just made one, and what a quick knit!

    Have you ever figured out the stitch count for an adult hat? I'm going to try and figure it out this weekend, but any help would be appreciated :)

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    1. Hi wheresalex! That is a great questions! Actually I am working on that right now...someone else asked recently. I'll definitely keep you posted!

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  6. I have been knitting for a long time but have never found patterns as easy to make or understand as this site offers and I don't have to buy a book to just get one pattern , thank you.

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  7. Really nice hat gone to sit and knit one now

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