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Color Stripe Patterns
Striped Pattern - Hat
3 rows B then 3 rows A
Striped Pattern - Booties
4 rows B then 4 Rows A
Tip for getting rid of the stepped effect on colored stripes in the round
Knit each new color in the round as normal. On the second row of the new color, insert right hand needle tip into stitch below the first stitch in the round on your left hand needle. Pick up this lower stitch and slip onto your left hand needle and then knit this with the first stitch already there together. It isn’t completely invisible as it will look like a slipstitch but it''s not quite as stepped as ignoring the color change and the less critical eye will not notice at all. It really works better the more rows you have in your striped sequence and on a smaller gauge. I used it here however so that from a distance each color stripe looks more or less continuous without a little jump. It still beats having to sew the seam up at the end I think.
Stripes of three rows each make it difficult to knit on straight needles because you''ll need to start a row at either end. However, the pattern could be adapted to 4 rows per stripe and knitted on straight needles with a seam up the back, adding a couple of stitches to account for the seaming.
Using US #7 (4.5 mm) dpns and Yarn A, CO 68 sts and divide evenly between 4 dpns.
Pm for beg of rnd and sl m each time you get to it and a rnd is completed.
Work 4 rnds in k2 p2 rib.
Work eyelet round as follows: *K2, yo, p2tog; rep from* to end of rnd; 68 sts
Work a further 4 rounds in k2 p2 rib.
Hat Main Body
Joining Yarn B and using US #7 (4.5 mm) dpns cont in st st and K every st in rnds of the striped pattern (see Color Stripe Patterns above)
Cont until 10 stripes (30 rnds) have been completed.
Bind off using three needle bind off as follows:
Three needle bind off
Keeping start/finish of the rnd as center back, place 34 sts from the front of the hat on one dpn, and place the rem 34 sts on to another dpn.
Place both dpns parallel to one another with RS together
Using a third dpn *put tip through front leg of first st on the front dpn, then at the same time slip through front leg of first st on back dpn as if to knit. Knit these two sts together.
Rep from * again so that you now have two sts on the right hand needle. Pass first stitch over second exactly as you would normally do to bind off.
Rep from * until all stitches have been bound off. Try not to pull too tightly as you go.
Turn hat inside out so the RS of each faces outwards again.
You will see that you have a neat seam on the outside with a very small ridge on the inside.
I think this preferable to sewing as the neater edge makes for a better drape in the top of the hat. However, if you prefer to bind off all stitches and sew the top seam of the hat that works too if you make sure the seam is not too bulky.
bee hat tied
Finishing - Hat
Make two striped twisted cords as follows:
Cut 3 lengths of Yarn A and 3 lengths of Yarn B about 3 ft each (1 meter).
Tie ends of yarn together to make circle of yarn. Loop yarn over door handle, chair post, or chair leg. Insert a pencil, pen or dpn into loop at opposite end. Pull taught and twist yarn by spinning pencil/pen/dpn. Keep twisting until yarn is so tight it is almost pulling back on itself.
Slide a finger half way along length of twisted yarn still keeping end taught.
Fold yarn twist in half and put loop/pencil/pen/dpn together with loop over door handle (post or leg).
Let go of finger holding halfway mark and allow yarn to twist on itself. Tie knots at the beginning and end of the cord to secure the twisted strands and cut below the knot to give it a small tassel.
Take the whole length of the twisted cord and tie two more knots either side of the center and cut between these knots so that you now have two twisted cords with knots each end to secure the strands.
Attach one twisted cord to one of the top corners of the square hat and another twisted cord to the other top corner.
These can be tied together into a knot or bow to make a round hat with the top corners folded in to look like an envelope or left to hang making the hat square as in the photos.
Cut 1-1/4 yard (1 meter) of the thinner black satin ribbon and thread through eyelet holes with the ends coming out at the center front where they can be tied and tightened to make an adjustable brim.
Using Yarn A and US #5 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles CO 3 sts
Row 1: K
Row 2: K1, m1, k1, m1, k1; 5 sts
Row 3: K
Row 4: K1, m1, k until 1 st rem, m1 k1; 7sts
Row 5: K
Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice more; 11 sts
Cont in garter stitch (K every row) until sole measures 3 ¼ ins (8.5cm)
Row 1: K1, ssk, k until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1
Row 2: K
Rep these two rows until 5 sts rem. Begin upper as follows.
On 5 sts left from the sole, using Yarn B start striped pattern sequence of 4 rows yarn A and 4 rows yarn B
Keep sequence and cont as follows:
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K1, m1, k to 1 st rem, m1, k1
Row 4: P
Join yarn A and keeping striped pattern sequence, repeat Rows 3 and 4 another 3 times; 13 sts.
Cont in st st (K RS row, P WS row) in striped pattern until there are 5 stripes i.e. A,B,A,B,A color sequence.
Next rnd: Using A, divide for ankle as follows:
K4 and leave sts on spare dpn or stitch holder.
Bind off 5 sts.
K4 and continue rest of upper side on these 4 stitches.
Upper (side to center back heel)
* Cont in st st (K RS row, P WS row) until 8 stripes (32 rows) have been completed from the beg of upper and striped pattern sequence.
Complete 2 more rows in Yarn B
Bind off all stitches.
Rejoin yarn A to 4 stitches left on spare dpn or stitch holder on the WS
Beginning with a WS (purl) row, cont in striped pattern sequence repeat from * to end and cast off all stitches.
Using Yarn A pick up and K 27 sts for ankle as follows:
9 sts along one side of upper from back heel
9 sts along front (bind off edge where division occurred) of upper
9 sts along other side of upper to back heel
Continue in k1 p1 ribbing until 10 rows have been completed.
Finishing - Booties
Join bound off edges of center back heel seam and back ankle seam on ribbing. Join upper and sole together along a seam around the edge of foot.
Cut 1-1/4 yards (1 meter) of organza ribbon and divide into two pieces. Sew each piece firmly to the back of the ankle on the heel seam and tie around ankle ribbing and make into a generous bow.