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free knitting pattern for baby hat

Special thanks to my new
grandson, Marcelo (5 mos old)
for modeling

Reversible Baby Hat
Ever make a hat for a baby and find out it's too small? Or make a hat and see it outgrown in a month or two? This hat solves that problem - it's reversible. Flip one side for smallest heads (2-4 mos) then reverse to other side for 5-8 months and up.

Size: one size reversible ends, 2 months to 0 months or more.

5 sts= inch in St st on larger needles (hat is ribbed, check gauge in St st)

Needles: Crystal Palace Bamboo Double Points Size 4 and 5 or size needed to obtain gauge
Bunny Hop: (microfiber + angora) - 50 gr balls
1 ball #0213 Black, 1 balls #9575 Circus

M1: make one st by knitting in front and back of a stitch, st: stitch, CO: cast on, rnd: round, DP: double point, inc: increase, rep: repeat

With smaller DP needles and Black, CO 72 sts and join in rnd being careful not to twist the sts. Place marker if you like to use one, or leave tail hanging to mark beginning of rnd.
Work in K2,P2 rib for 6 rnds.
Change to larger DPs and change to Circus color.
Work 5 rounds Circus.
3 rnds Black
5 rnds Circus
4 rnds Black
1 rnd Circus
Inc rnd with Circus: Inc 1 st in every other pair of K sts to become 3 sts: *(K1, M1, K1), P2, K2, P2* [81 sts]
Next 3 rounds in Circus work: *K2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2* rep this sequence for rnd
4 rnds in Black following same st sequence
6 rnds in Circus
3 rnds Black
1 round Circus
2nd inc rnd in Circus: Inc 1 st in each pair of K2 which were not inc'd previously. [89 sts]
3 rnds in Circus thus: *K1, P1, K1, P2* repeat for rnd
4 rnds Black
5 rnds Circus
Change back to smaller DPNs and work 6 rnds Black
Cast off in rib pattern.

If the baby is handy, try on the hat to decide which end fits best. If you are able to use the smaller end to fit, using a tapestry needle and Circus color, sew the opposite, larger end, with a large eyed tapestry needle, into a 4-sided + top and tie with a firm bow so that when the baby grows larger you can reverse the ends of the hat.
If you need to use the larger end (as I did) to fit, then you will sew the top with black yarn more firmly as you will not need to reverse the hat.

Add a Pom-Pom made with both colors if you wish. I wound doubled yarn around 4 fingers 26 times, tied in the center and cut loops to make the one shown in the photo. Sew Pom-Pom on top.

copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Bunny Hop are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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