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« on: August 17, 2005 12:59:36 AM »

I have a few big projects i am working on (a 1986 sweater vest my boyfriend's mother started ... in 1986), but as far as knitting projects go, i can slap out knit fruit and hats with gusto! It is because it is much more fun to not use patterns, to me.

after knitting maybe three pairs of dangling strawberries(which i learned how to do here and just added an i-cord between the berries- you do it once and then it just sticks in your head. super simple)

i thought to myself, well, that wouldnt be hard at all to do with a hat.

so i treated myself to new yarn and after two days of car-travel-knitting time, i had


I am so pleased with how it turned out!

a rough guide to how i made it:

this is really simple if you're familiar with knitting charts and hats.

CO 72 st. on circular needles (mine were size 9). work until you have at least 4" of red.
Divide in groups of 12 on dpn's of same size. i used 3 dpn's with two groups of 12 stitches on each. stitch markers between arent neccesary but really really helpful.
Decrease by k2tog when you get to the beginning of a new group. after you have done this once- that is, there's 11 in each, k 5 st. red, k 1 st. green, k. 5 red.
the next row, continue to decrease but knit the all stitches next to a green stitch in green as well.
the following row, decrease, knitting all the red with red and the green with green.
next row, decrease and knit the all stitches next to a green stitch in green.

repeat the green/red decrease work until you no longer have red stitches. trim your red yarn, leaving enough to weave the end in to the work. continue to decrease with the green until only 6 st total remain- that is, 2 on each needle.
work in round without decreasing!!! until your strawberry stem is desired length, knit one more round k2tog every stitch, and tie off.

that would leave you with a hat with no ear flaps. IMO, non-ear flap hats just roll on the edges and dont do much good because they dont stay on too well.

ear flaps:
PU 25 st on th bottom edge of hat. be sure you are alternating k and p so the flaps go smoothly into the rest of the hat.
row 1- k2tog at the beginning and end of the first row.
row 2- p2tog, purl until row is complete
row 3- knit until two stitches remain, k2tog.

repeat 2 and 3 until you have 17 stitches.
on the next row, alternate k2tog and k.
likewise, p2tog and p
do that until you have 5 stitches- it shouldnt take long, just 3 or 4 of the alternating rows.

divide the 5 stitches between 2 dpn's and work in a circle with a third needle (just like the top of the hat). go go go until you feel it is long enough to tie under your chin.

and you have one earflap!
leave a space of about 10 st between that earflap and the next one you put in.

and that's it! as far as the little leaves go, those were just little triangles of increasing and decreasing i just sort of did without thinking.
AND heads up because i wrote that all from memory. If something seems weird or you want to vary a bit on the stem- strawberry stems arent symmetrical, i dont think!- then you're probably right/it will look fine. I am going to knit another to sell, so i'll try using my own pattern and hopefully get any problems out if there are any.

also, that's the first time i've ever attempted to write knitting instructions. i hope they're clear enough if anyone attempts it. i'm actually pretty sure you'd be able to find an existing pattern. it's hard for me to believe nobody ever tried to turn their hat into fruit before.

next time i'll use purple and make it an eggplant Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2005 01:49:45 AM »

i am so in love with your strawberry hat!

just fabulous.


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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2005 10:49:48 AM »

I am also in love! You look so happy in your hat.

I think putting some dangly strawberries on a hat would be really cute too.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2005 06:05:12 PM »

hi hi!~
your hat is so awesome. must. have. *drool*. i love strawberries, and this is such a cute hat! : D thanks for the pattern too. great job! (^_^)b <thumbs up> cheers!
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2005 06:07:58 PM »

very nice. i love it!
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2005 06:18:14 PM »

Very cute!
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2005 04:13:42 PM »

Great hat, and thanks for the instructions! I cant wait to try it (after I'm done my other zillion knitting projects heh)

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2005 04:37:28 PM »

Oh my gosh, that's so cute! I must go out and buy some circular needles (which I oddly don't have yet... *ponders*) and try that. It'd make SUCH a perfect holiday gift for my friend! Thank you for the incredible tute. <3
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2005 10:24:30 AM »

This hat is *adorable,* and thank you so much for posting a pattern. Awesome job!

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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2005 04:39:08 PM »

I think I may be too old to wear this hat ... but boy, it is really really cute! 

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