Snow Shoe Hat: Free Knitting Pattern

As promised, here is a free knitting pattern for based on the little hat I knit while up in Snow Shoe, PA over this past weekend.

One little piece of trivia: This is Ludicraft’s first birthday!  And I think there is no better way of thanking my readers than to share a new pattern with you.  Let’s get rolling.

Snow Shoe Hat Pattern

Snow Shoe is a small town in North/Central Pennsylvania. I go there with my family to relax, unwind, and unplug. I finished this hat pattern while spending a weekend up in Snow Shoe, and I want to share it with you. I love this hat. It kept the sun off my head and my hair out of my face all weekend during hikes and excursion. The yarnovers provide a little ventilation and coolness. I want to share this pattern with you. Please enjoy!

PATTERN
Size: S/M, for women
Needle: US 7
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Gauge: 5-5 ½ stitches to the inch. 20 stitches x 24 rows=4 inches
Finished Dimensions: Height: roughly 7 inches Circumference: 20 inches
Hat is worked flat.
Cast on 84 stitches.
Band
Work in K1, P1 ribbing for about 1 ½ inches.
Body
Switch to main pattern as follows:
Row 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso, k3* rep to end of row
Row 2: *P4, yo, p1* rep to end of row
Row 3: *K3, sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso* rep to end of row
Row 4: *P1, yo, p4* rep to end of row
TIPS: To make sure you are on track, here are a few tricks that I found helped me out with this part:
  • The second stitch of the k3 in Rows 1 and 3 is always a yarnover from the previous purl row.
  • The yo increase on the purl rows always occurs between the two stitches you passed the slipped stitch over.
  • In Row 1, hold the yarn in front of your work while you slip the stitch. The rest of the time, hold your yarn to the back of your work as you slip the stitch purlwise.
  • The psso is for BOTH of the k2 stitches.
Repeat these four rows until body measures about 3 ½ inches. End by knitting a WS row (either a Row 2 or Row 4).
Decreases for Crown
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two row once more.
15 rows for decrease.
On all even rows: Purl
1. *K7, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
2. Purl
3. *K6, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
5. *K5, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
7. *K4, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
9. *K3, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
11. *K2, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
13. *K1, k2tog*
15. *k2tog* all stitches.
You should still have a few live stitches on your needle. Cut a long tail and weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull to tighten. Use mattress stitch to seam both sides together. Weave in ends, though this might be easier to do before you seam. 

Check it out on Ravelry! 

Now, go out into the woods and have some fun!

EDIT 03/12/2013:  I messed up the decrease section and have fixed it.  The above pattern should be correct now. Thanks to those on Ravelry who caught this!

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Easy Peasy Baby Blanket

Yikes!  My first real pattern that I came up with myself.  It’s a simple pattern that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the skill level of the knitter.  I am aiming this pattern towards a beginner knitter who has a friend or family member who just had a baby and they want to give a simple gift.  I call this pattern the Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.  I made this blanket for my cousin who just had a baby.  Here’s how I did it.
Supplies:
US 6 straight or circular needles.  I recommend circular because the weight of the blanket will be supported by the cable connecting the needles.
Two skeins of Bernat Baby Jacquards in Rosebud
Gauge
5 stitches in stockinette stitch to one inch on US6 needles.  Gauge is not really important for this pattern.
My finished dimensions:  Width:  25 ½ inches.  Length:  25 inches.

Directions:
Cast on stitches in multiples of eight.  You can make this blanket as big or a small as you’d like.
Knit 10 rows.
Starting on wrong side:
    1.  K4, *P* to last four stitches, K4
    2.  K
Repeat rows one and two.  Continue until the blanket is the size you want or until you are almost out of yarn.
Knit 10 rows
Bind off loosely.  Weave in ends.
This will curl a little bit due to the stockinette stitch, but the border will help keep it from curling a lot.  You can make the top and bottom border bigger if you’d like, just increase the amount knit in multiples of four.
Other ideas for this blanket:  A more advanced knitter would be able to do an intarsia pattern in the body of the blanket using any sport or DK weight yarn.  You do not have to use a jacquard yarn, but rather a solid color if you’d prefer. 
I hope you enjoy knitting this blanket and if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.
Oh, the monkey in the photo is one of the first stuffed animals I ever received as a baby.  He’s a special monkey.