Bobble-Texture Baby Hat

Craft & Design Yarncraft


This pattern is from an old 1970s baby pattern book, and makes an adorable, warm, and soft hat. The texture involves scrunching rows vertically to make little bobbles stick out. I used Baby Ull yarn in cream and black (because I ran out of cream), and I used size 3 needles.

The pattern:
BACK- cast on 77 sts for neck edge.
Row 1-wrong side- P3, *K1, P1; repeat from *, end last repeat P3.
Row 2-Decrese row- K1, SKP, work ribbing to within 3 sts of end, K2tog, K1.
Row 3-P2, work ribbing to within 2 sts of end, P2.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 three times, repeat row 2 once again; 67 sts.
Row 2- Decrease row- K1, SKP, K to within 3 sts of end, K2tog, K1.
Row 3-P.
Row 4- Same as row 2; 63 sts.
Row 5-P.
Row 6-right side-K3, *drop right st and ravel for 4 rows, insert needle in 5th row below and under the 4 raveled loops, K this st tog. with the 4 loops, K3; repeat from * to end.
Repeat these 6 rows 9 times, repeat rows 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 again; 23 sts.
Next row-Sl 1, K2tog, pass sl st over the K2tog, work as for pat. row 6 to within 3 sts of end, K3tog, 19 sts. Sl these 19 sts to holder. Break yarn.
FRONT- Cast on 89 sts. Work as for back; 31 sts.
Decrease row- P2tog twice, *P2tog, P1; repeat from * 6 times, P2tog 3 times; 19 sts.
Break yarn leaving 20 in. end for weaving. Weave these 19 sts to 19 sts of back.
FINISHING- Sew edges of back to edges of front.

I added little twisty ties to the sides, though the pattern calls for a chin strap which buttons on one side.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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