I have been making little ornaments for gifts and thought I would share my super simple knitted hat pattern with you. (please use it for personal use and gifts only! Thanks folks).
I use 4 ply sock wool and I like using the variegated stuff (is that what a yarn buff would call it? the Patons stuff is called "Patonyle") so that I get spontaneous stripes and patterns. My needles are size 2 3/4 (that's 12 English size and 2 US size apparently!).
So; make a cup of tea, crack out the gingerbread, wield your long skinny needles and...
Cast on 20 stitches
Row 1: Knit 2, purl 2 and repeat until the end of the row
Repeat for two more rows to make the ribbing.
Next row: Knit row
Next row: Purl row
Next row: You will now begin to decrease to make the pointed hat. Knit 2 together and then knit to the end of the row.
Next row: Purl 2 together and then purl to the end of the row.
Repeat until you have one stitch left on your needle. Cast off.
Turn right sides together and sew sides together using row ends, leaving the bottom of the hat open. Turn inside out, using a chop stick or a knitting needle head to push the tip through. Embelish with sequins and beads or with simple embroidered details. Glue it to your little doll's head.
And now the give away part - I will be making three of these little christmas ornaments to hang on the tree and will give them away to three lucky commenters. All you need to do is leave a (one only) comment (of the creative and eloquent kind - natch!) on this post and I will draw three random numbers out of the hat next week. Comments will be closed on Monday 14th December 2009 7am Australian EST. Thanks! xx
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Edit to say: Comments now closed! Thank you. I will draw three winners later today.