Beginner Snowflake Hat Knitting Pattern- a cozy and festive colorwork hat that’s suited for beginner knitters.
I’m happy to share the first of my holiday knitting patterns for this year. My older son requested a snowflake hat and I was happy to oblige! This hat features a wide, ribbed brim and snowflake motif.
The snowflake is added to the hat by a technique known as stranded knitting. Stranded (or colorwork) knitting involves using two colors of yarn to create a pattern. The yarn that isn’t being used is carried across the back of the work.
A few tips for stranded knitting:
Pay attention to the tension of the yarns. Many knitters (myself included) work more tightly when knitting colorwork than stockinette stitch. Also, it helps to keep the yarn colors separate. Hold the pattern color in your left hand and the background color in your right.
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Beginner Snowflake Hat Knitting Pattern
Yarn: Yarn Bee Fireplace Comfort in Ivy Grown (#4 weight, 1 skein of yarn needed), Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Fisherman (#4 weight, 1 skein of yarn needed)
Gauge: 2 inches = 8 stitches
Size: Child sizes 7-10 years old
With the smaller circular needles, cast on 82 stitches. Join ends together and place a marker. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 3 1/2 inches.
Change to larger circular needles. Knit 1 round and increase 2 stitches evenly across the round (84 sts)
Beginning in the lower right corner of the Chart, knit every round and change yarn color following Chart until all 11 rounds of the chart have been completed.
Knit the last round, decreasing 2 stitches evenly across the row (82 sts).
After completing the chart, work in knit stitch until the piece measures 6 ½ inches from the cast-on edge.
Place a marker on the needle after the 7th st, then after every 8 sts 10 markers placed, 3 sts left after the final marker.
Next row: Row 1 (decrease row, RS): *Knit to marker, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from *
to last st, k1 – 72 sts.
Repeat this row 5 more times – 22 sts.
Next row: k2tog; repeat from * to last st removing all markers, k1 (12 sts)
Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Pull to close the opening and weave in ends.
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