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« on: November 11, 2007 11:54:58 AM »


A jester hat pattern of my own design, made using cheap Red Heart acrylic left over from another project.  Outer and liner are knit as a continuous piece, avoiding all but the most superficial of finishing.

Materials:
*5 size 7 dpns 
(You can actually make these from a dowel, if you bring your needle gauge to the woodworking aisle.  Using a hacksaw, cut the dowel into about 6" lengths and then sharpen the ends with a pencil sharpener, and rub all over with a rag soaked in cooking oil.  Leave them overnight so the oil can soak in before you knit with them)

*Worsted weight yarn
(I used three colors - two black, one red, and one white point, and a black liner and band)

*4 medium-small jingle bells

*Stitch holders or waste yarn

*Yarn needle


Hat peaks (make 4):

CO 60 using provisional CO
Divide the stitches out so that there are 20 to a needle, and use a fourth to knit.

rnds 1-35: stockinette stitch
36: *K2 tog., knit in next 5 sts.*  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
37-41: stockinette stitch
42: *K2 tog., knit in next 4 sts.*  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
43-47: stockinette stitch
48: *K2 tog., knit in next 3 sts.*  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
49-53: stockinette stitch
54: *K2 tog., knit in next 3 sts.*  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
55-59: stockinette stitch
60: *K2 tog., knit in next 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
61-65: stockinette stitch
66: *K2 tog., knit 1*.  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
67-71: stockinette stitch
72: *K2 tog*.  Repeat from * to * until end of round.
73: *K2 tog*.  Repeat from * to * until end of round.

Cut off yarn, leaving a long tail.  Thread through last three loops and pull tight.

Brim:
If hold all four points together at once, it should look something like this from the bottom:

Each point makes a rough triangle, with 40 stitches on the inside and 20 stitches of each making up the outer circle; 80 stitches total.

Undoing the provisional cast on from the bottoms of the points, move the inner 40 stitches of each to stitch holders and transfer the outer 20 of each point onto a dpn (stitches on four needles total).  Use the fifth needle for knitting. 
Graft the inner stitches to one another using a Kitchener stitch, and then using the outer 80, knit in 1x1 rib stitch for 28 rounds.

Liner:
Continuing with the stitches already on needles, knit 35 rounds stockinette stitch. 
rnd 36:  *k2tog, k in next 8 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 37:  *k2tog, k in next 7 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 38:  *k2tog, k in next 6 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 39:  *k2tog, k in next 5 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 40:  *k2tog, k in next 4 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 41:  *k2tog, k in next 3 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 42:  *k2tog, k in next 2 stitches.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 43:  *k2tog, k in next stitch.  Repeat from * until end of round.
rnd 44:  *k2tog.  Repeat from * until end of round.

Break off yarn, leaving 6-8" for finishing.  Run the remaining yarn through the last four loops and pull tight.

Finishing:
Flip the liner inside the hat, and thread the yarn tail through a yarn needle.  Draw the yarn through both the liner and the outer hat and make a stitch securing the liner inside the hat.  Tie off the yarn inside the hat and weave the excess into the liner.
Using the yarn tails on the points, tie 9 yarn strands together.  Use the remainder of the yarn tail to secure a bell.  Take another length of yarn and tie it securely around doubled-over bunch of yarn about 1/2" from the end.

I also went ahead and single-crocheted a row around the bottom of the hat (there should be about an equal amount of ribbing on the inside and the outside/ either side of the crochet.  This tightened up the brim a bit and gave the hat more of a finished look.

I think that next time I make this hat, I'll use wool, leave out the liner half of the project, and then felt the crap out it.  This is what I had, though, so this is how it happened.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007 01:31:30 PM »

That's so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007 01:49:50 PM »

Haha! So cool!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007 05:54:49 PM »

Thanks!
It was a lot of fun, because writing sort of represented the culmination of everything I've learned in knitting.  There was even a part where I double-knitted on straight needles.  It seemed like once I started to run with it, it all just came together.  The only problem was that I didn't really write a pattern as I went so much as just follow my intuitions, and frog things when they came out wrong.  So, the night that I finished, I had to sit down and think out the whole thing in words. 
With that said, if anyone has questions about the pattern, feel free to ask me Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007 06:42:49 AM »


I am making your hat. When making the peaks (I have three and a half done) I get three stiiches left over not two. Am I doing something wrong?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2007 06:48:47 PM »

Hey, awesome!  I'm glad that you're checking this pattern out.
Um, because I wrote the pattern retroactively, I'm guessing that it's a typo, especially since you're working on three needles - it would only follow that after the decreases, you'd have one stitch left on each needle, right?  Just run the yarn tail through those last three stitches and pull tight, and I'm sure it'll be fine.  I'll fix that right now - thanks for debugging me! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007 07:00:54 PM »

that is awesome!

thanks for including the pattern too!

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008 04:10:39 PM »

This hat is awesome! Too bad I can't knit  Cry I can crochet but have been unsuccessful at finding a crochet jester hat with long tails like this awesome one!
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2008 07:35:22 PM »

I give up! I am not looking for a crocheted jester hat anymore! I am learning to knit so I can make this awesome hat! I am currently practicing the garter stitch and will be learning how to purl tomorrow so I can do stockinette. Thanks for the awesome pattern that finally convinced me to learn to knit!
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