NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here.
There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here.
For this pattern in American English, please click here.
Knitting tension: 18 sts x 23 rows with 2 threads of Alpaca on needles size 4.5mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (on circular needle): Knit 1 round, purl 1 round
Knit round from bottom up.
Cast on 144-153-162 (180-198) sts with 2 strands of Alpaca on needle size 4.5mm and knit 8 rounds garter sts – see above. Continue in rib as follows: *P7, K2*, repeat from *-*. When piece measures 3-4-4 (5-5) cm dec all purled sections to 6 by purling tog the first 2 purled sts = 128-136-144 (160-176) sts on round. Repeat the dec on every other row a total of 4 times = 64-68-72 (80-88) sts (= P2, K2 all the way round). Piece now measures approx 7-8-8 (9-9) cm. Continue in rib until piece measures 11-12-13 (14-15) cm and insert a marking thread mid back and mid front. Measure piece from here from now on! Continue in stocking sts. When piece measures 1-2-2 (3-4) cm from marking threads put the 10-10-12 (12-14) sts mid front on a thread (= opening for the face).
Read all of the following section before knitting it!
Knit stocking sts back and forth on needle, at the same time dec 1 st each side on every other row a total of 2-2-2 (3-4) times. At the same time inc 1 st on both sides of marking thread mid back on every other row a total of 4-4-4 (5-5) times. After all inc and dec are complete there are 58-62-64 (72-76) sts on row. When piece measures 11-12-13 (14-15) cm inc each side towards mid front on every other row: 1 st 4-4-4 (5-5) times. Now cast on 6-6-8 (8-12) sts towards mid front over the opening = 72-76-80 (90-98) sts. Continue round on circular needle. When piece measures 19-21-22 (24-26) cm from marking thread cast off all sts loosely.
Assembly: Fold the hat double and sew top seam with neat sts. Pick up approx 68 to 88 sts, incl sts from thread (divisable by 4) with 2 threads of Alpaca on needle size 4.5mm round the opening for the face. Purl 1 round, knit 1 round and continue in rib, K2, P2. When the edge measures 4-4-5 (5-6) cm cast off in rib. Fold the edge double towards the wrong side and attach.
Make two pompons with a diameter of approx 4 cm and attach to each side at the top of hat.
SOFT TOYS: see pattern 13-34