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This Square Hat is a great first knitting project for someone who doesn't want to knit a scarf, or for a knitter who's done a few scarves and wants to move on to something else that's still really easy and really cute.
The hat is simply two squares of Garter Stitch sewn together; what makes it extra cute is the embellishment, which is all super easy, too.
- about 65, (80, 90) yards of bulky weight yarn (I used Valley Yarns' Berkshire Bulky
- one pair size 10 US (6 mm)... knitting needles
- tape measure, scissors, yarn needle
- contrasting thinner yarn for sewing and embellishing (I used a bit of Vegas yarn from SWTC's Vickie Howell Collection)
15 stitches and 29 rows per 4 inches (3.75 stitches and 7.25 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch.
12 (14, 16) inches around and 6 (7, 8) inches tall. To fit an infant (toddler, child). Instructions are given for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses. Sample is child sized.
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- Cast on 23 (26, 30) stitches.
- Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) for 6 (7, 8) inches.
- Bind off.
- Make a second piece the same way. Weave in ends on both pieces.
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Sewing and Embellishing
Using contrasting yarn, sew the pieces of the hat together. I used blanket stitch to sew the pieces together along the sides and as decoration along the bottom of the hat. Leave the top about 2 inches of the hat unsewn to make the flappy part at the top.
Use a running stitch to close the top of the hat and gather the material, if you desire.
Using the Lazy Daisy stitch, make a flower on the front of the hat wherever you like. Finish it off with a French knot, or, for an older child, you can also... sew a button in the center of the flower.
Sizing the Hat:
Want to knit a different size? This hat is knit about 2 inches smaller than the actual head circumference, so you can easily alter the pattern to fit any sized head. Each square is half the circumference of the finished hat, and is knit to the same length as the width. For different sized heads you may need to change where you put the stitching to close the top of the hat, but you can experiment once you have the hat pieces knit.