Tuesday, April 13, 2010

owl cable hat

i've gotten so many requests for the matching hat pattern, so here it is.

hopefully it is right. i'm doing it from my brain....which tends to be a jumbled mess after giving birth....who am i kidding? it's always a jumbled mess. take it for what it is worth. no testing has been done.

Gauge 4.75 spi and 6 rows per inch
Needle #8, 16" and DPNs
Yarn: Worsted-Aran.
Final Sizes:
Newborn 12.6" around


CO 61
Join by knitting the first stitch, slipping last CO stitch over it, essentially binding off. You will end with 60 Knit in stockinette for 3" to get the rolled edge.

R1: knit
R2: *P3, K4, P3 repeat from * to end
R3: *P1, C4B, C4F, P1 repeat from * to end
R4-11: *P1, K8, P1 repeat from * to end
R12: *P1, C4B, C4F, P1 repeat from * to end
R13-16: *P1, K8, P1 repeat from * to end
R17: *P1, C4B, C4F, P1 repeat from * to end
R18: *P1, K8, P1 repeat from * to end

knit 1" in stockinette,

Next Round: k4, *pm, k12 from * four times, k6
(hypothetically, in said jumbled brain, this lines up dead center between the owls. remember, said brain is jumbled. i could be wrong. this is totally, and rather likely wrong. Match it up before you start decreasing and drop me a line in the comments. I'd greatly appreciate it...but only if your brain is clearer then mine!)

Begin decreasing.

Rounds start two stitches before first marker. I suggest making your starting marker a different color to avoid confusion.

Round 1: *k2tog, sm, ssk* knit to two before next marker and repeat all the way around.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *k2tog, sm, ssk* knit to two before next marker and repeat all the way around.

Repeat rounds two and three until there are only two stitches between each marker.

Break yarn, thread through final stitches.

Weave in and enjoy.


bookette said...

finally got around to making one of these. on the decreases, I found I was already, at the start of the round, directly in between owls. so I did that set-up round placing markers every 12, without doing the k4 first or the k6 after, since you are already there.
make sense?
I'll be putting it up on Rav soon. I don't know why I keep making these with variegated yarn. I'm sure solid would look better.

MBoye said...

I'm gonna try to make this but I'd like to make it a little bigger than newborn. How many should stitches should I cast on, etc? I've bought some tiny baby buttons to sew on for the owl's eyes.

steph said...

the pm is wrong... it should be k5, then pm every 10 stitches.... cute pattern!

steph said...

sorry, i just realized you said "in between" the owls and not "directly over the owls." in that case, it's just PM every 10 stitches :)

Elizabeth said...

I ended up placing the marker at the very beginning of the round (instead of the k4 first) and then placed a marker every 10 stitches.

sueanno said...

I have 6 owls in my hat, 60 stitches, so the markers should be placed every 10 stitches, if the intention was to have the decreases start in the middle of each owl

Kelly said...

Thanks for the adorable pattern. I just finished it and the sleep sack! So cute!

Amy said...

Is there an error in this owlie hat pattern? It says : "R3: *P1, C4B, C4F, P1 repeat from * to end"
however for the sleep sack it says: Round 2: P1, *P2, C4F, C4B, P2 repeat from * to end


Emily said...

I agree with Sueanno. Mine worked out to keep the original pm and then add one every 10 until I made it back around. Each of my pms are right down the center of the owl. Thanks Sueanno! Loved this pattern, great to learn and not feel overwhelmed!

fpk67 said...

Hi, Teresa,

Amy noticed the cable patten was reversed on the sack.

I just made the hat first as a new knitter following the C4B, C4F pattern. Should I just do the same on the sack so it will match?

RE Elizabeth,Sueanno & Emily:
What do I do after the "knit 1" stockingnette in the hat pattern?
Thank you

Laurie said...

Have seen a picture with matching owlie soaker... Any Pattern or hints for making that?? :)

Littlewoodenshoe said...

Hi Teresa, thank you so much for your free owl pattern, they are so cute and so simple to knit thanks to your wonderful ability to write very easy patterns!! I have just finished the cocoon and hat for a friend and I want to make a owl hat for my little niece who just turned one. If I double the cast on 40 stitches would that fit a 1 year old? Thanks Alex

teresa cole said...

I think doubling would be too much. There is no standard when it comes to head size. Do you have anyway to measure the child's head?

The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to add stitches in increments of 10 for the owls OR you can add an extra stitch between the owls, but of course that slightly changes the way it looks because the space between the owls is larger.