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Luke 1:41-42 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”

Choose Life – Mary had an unplanned pregnancy, but she chose life! I was an unplanned pregnancy, but my mom chose life! I struggled with infertility, but God chose life (3 times)! Your mother chose life! When legislators are making poor choices regarding abortion,  you can continue to make the right choice – Choose Life.

I love knitting and designing knit patterns. I felt this was a good week to share with my readers a pattern I designed for little ones.

The Remington Hat was conceived out of love for my nephew and his wife who, after struggling with infertility for several years, were blessed with a beautiful their baby boy, Remington. While searching for the perfect hat to knit for this precious little one, the only hats I liked were for baby girls that I liked. So, I designed a hat fitting for our new special bundle of joy. I hope you enjoy the hat as much as Remington and his parents do.

 

THE REMINGTON HAT

Finished Size = Baby (toddler, child)

Finished Measurements =  13” (14”, 16”) relaxed around brim.

Yarn = Cascade Venezia Sport (307.5 yards [281.25 meters] / 100 grams): 1 skein.

Shown in color #130.

Needles = One 16” or 40cm circular needle size US 5 (3.75mm).

One set of five double-pointed needles size US 5 (3.75mm).

Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions = Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

Gauge = 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

 

Knit Hat – Using circular needle, CO (cast on) 80 stitches. Join for working in the round being careful not to twist, and place marker to indicate the beginning of the round. Work in rib pattern (k2, p2) until the hat measures 2” (5cm) from CO edge. Work in St st (knit all stitches every round) until the piece measures 4 ½” (11cm) from CO edge.

Begin Decrease – decrease for the crown as follows, changing to double-pointed needles when there are too few sts to fit comfortably around the circular needle:

Round 1: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (72 sts)

Round 2 & 3: Knit.

Round 4: *K7, k2tog, repeat from* to end. (64 sts)

Rounds 5 & 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (56 sts)

Rounds 8 & 9: Knit.

Round 10: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (48 sts)

Rounds 11, 13, 15 & 17: Knit.

Round 12: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (40 sts)

Round 14: *K3, k2tog, repeat form * to end. (32 sts)

Round 16: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (24 sts)

Round 18: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (16 sts)

Round 19: K2tog around. (8 sts)

Finishing – Break yarn, leaving a 6” (15cm) tail. With tail threaded on a yarn needle, draw tail through remaining sts and pull snugly to close top of hat. Take tail to inside of hat and fasten securely. Weave in ends.

Optional Pompom – A pompom can be added easily to the Remington Hat with the leftover yarn from your skein.

Cut a strip of stiff cardboard half the width of your desired finished pompom. Cut a notch in each short end to secure the yarn. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard strip many times. The more wraps, the fluffier your pompom will be. Cut a length of yarn about 6” (15cm) longer than the width of your wraps and thread it on a yarn needle. Slip the needle underneath the wrapped strands along one long end of the cardboard and pull through, leaving about 3” (7.5cm) hanging out at each side. Tie the ends of the strand snugly into a single knot and hold or ask a volunteer to place a helpful index finger on the knot for a moment. Cut the wraps along opposite long edge of the cardboard. Pull the knot very tight, and finish with another single knot to make a square knot. Fluff up the pompom and trim the ends.

 

Pattern Abbreviations

CO cast on

K knit

K2tog knit two stitches together

P purl

sts stitches

St st stockinette stitch; knit all rounds

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