Free pattern!! Starry Night Cap

It's been a loooong time since I've published a pattern here. As much as I knit on the fly, I'm not really a designer and I have no particular aspirations as such. Every once in a while, though, I do come up with something worth sharing and I write it up and put it here for free. I even asked for and got some charting software for Christmas a few years ago, and that's been nice, even if my use of it is sporadic.

My inspiration for this latest design was my sweet boy, Daniel, who specifically requested a hat with gold stars. He picked out the yarn from my stash of sport weight wool and we drew up the stars together on graph paper.

Daniel is all about gold stars lately.

The design itself took some doing and redoing. First it was too long, so I had to rip out and redo the decreases about three different times. Also, I'd originally done a turned hem, but when it was all done the flare at the bottom looked like butt...
Seriously. It looked even worse when worn.
... so I threaded a circular needle below the color work and cut it off. I literally cut it with a sharp pair of scissors, which was a little nerve-wracking since I've never cut my knitting before on purpose, not even a little steek. Anyway, then I worked a 2x2 rib for several inches on smaller needles and this looks much, much better if I do say so.

Ah, yes. Much better.
I think he likes it.
And now it is my pleasure to share this little design with you! I realize my timing could be better. I mean, who wants to think about knitting a warm color-work cap when we're finally wrapping up the most brutal winter in recent memory? Still, I've been holding onto this FO for a few weeks while waiting for a good opportunity to sit down and write up the instructions, so here it is. 

Pattern: Starry Night Cap (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Sport in light blue, medium blue and bright yellow
Needles: 16” circulars in size 3, 5 and 6, plus  one set of DPNs in size 5
Gauge: 24 stitches=4” in plain st st on size 5 needles, 24 stitches=4” in color work on size 6 needles

Finished size: 20” circumference (to fit a child’s head). Ribbed brim is 3" and allows for folding. Crown decreases are 3" veritically. Notes to adjust for larger sizes are included in the pattern, but larger sizes haven't been tested; knit at your own risk! For that matter, the one you see here wasn't tested by anyone other than me, but that's how it goes with free patterns. If anyone out there finds a problem, please let me know and I'll fix it.


Anonymous said…
Cool pattern! I've always wanted to try the graph paper method. I might have to make one of these to wear to my astronomy club next winter.

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