Saturday, December 12, 2020

EASY Knitting Pattern for a Scarf & Hat in One

Love this super-easy knitting pattern! It was the third thing I ever knitted, according to my notes in the margin, which say I began it December 12, 2005. So today is the 15 year anniversay of that sweet project! I also just finished making one for Zac when he came in from playing outside in the cold and asked me if there was anything that would keep his cheeks warm (being a better knitter now, I started it on Dec 4 and finished it on Dec 5).

This simple pattern is from The Children's Year: Crafts & Clothes for Children and Parents to Make. It has been rereleased in color as Making the Children's Year: Seasonal Waldorf Crafts with Children, so I don't know what page this pattern is on now. In my book it's on page 80.

I will share the original pattern and then how I scaled it for a 5 year old.

Original Pattern:
110 grams (4 oz) chunky knit wool or mohair
1 pair or 1 set 6 1/2 mm (10 US) knitting needles

Cast on 80 sts. If you are working in a round, divide the sts over 3 knititng needles. Work in K2 P2 rib until the knitting measures 40 cm (16 inches). Cast off loosely. If you were knitting on two needles, sew the knitted piece up to form a tube. Sew in threads and try out your pull-up on a cold day!

When I made this for Zac, I wanted to use a yarn that was really warm but still soft and not itchy. I chose a Mountain Colors hand-painted yarn from Corvallis MT called Indian Corn. It's also called Bearfoot, probably because I think it's sock yarn. It is 60% superwash wool, 25% mohair, and 15% nylon. I got it at a yarn store in Boulder CO years ago, because it was extremely pretty, but had never used it! So I was glad to give it a purpose. Because it is fingering weight, it's really thin so I couldn't possibly make the whole pull-up with it. I would be casting on hundreds of stitches! So I combined it with the bulky Paton's Classic Wool Roving in Aran, which I always have on hand.

It was my first time knitting with two colors, but it turned out to be beautiful and looks almost like a candy cane!

I used long size 6 needles and cast on 60 stitches. I knit until the ball of roving yarn was all used up. The ribbing gives it a lovely texture and also makes it stretchy. You can have it around your neck like a scarf, or pull it up over your cheeks and nose when the wind starts to blow, or pull it up over your head like a hat or a hood! It fits Zac perfectly, and he's very pleased because when it is pulled up it looks like a knight's armor!

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1 comment:

Eva said...

Wonderful! I made the gnome hat out of that book, about 20 years ago :).