Needlehats

To show my appreciation to my hard-working needles I make hats for them. Special elastic thread/cord for jewelry making helps the hat to sit snug. It’s inexpensive and comes in variety of beautiful colors. One package should be enough for a pair. Blue and purple hats fit needles #1-10 (cap is about 1 inch or 2 cm diameter). Silver hat fits needles #15-20 (cap is about about 3 inch or 7 sm diameter). I thought I would share these free patterns of tutorials with you.
To knit a blue hat cast on 12 stitches with DPN’s size 1. Evenly distribute stitches over 3 needles. Knit 8 rows (1/2 inch or 1 cm). In 9th row ssk (slip slip knit) together every 4th stitch. In 10th row ssk every third stitch. 11th row ssk every second stitch. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish. Secure the end.
To knit a purple hat, cast on 12 stitches with DPN’s size 1. Evenly distribute stitches over 3 needles.  Rows 1-3 – knit  1×1 ribbing. Rows 5-9  – knit 6 stitches, purl 6 stitches. 10th row slip 3 stitches on additional needle, knit next 3 stitches, knit stitches from additional needle, purl 6 stitches. Rows 11 -13  knit and purl as before, evenly making 3 decreases in a row. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish.
Crochet silver hat. Chain 15 stitches, being careful not to twist chain, slip stitch into first loop. Work single crochet in rounds. In 2nd row increase evenly 5 stitches (crochet 2 sc into each 3d stitch). In 3d row increase evenly 5 stitches (crochet 2 sc into each 4th stitch) – 25 stitches total. 4th sc into each sc, add a bead to every 5th stitch. 5th row sc into each sc. 6th row – repeat 4th row. 7th row – repeat 5th row. 8th row – repeat 4th row. 9th row *sc into first 3 sc, dec., repeat from *. 10th row *sc into first 2 sc, dec., repeat from *. 11th row *sc into first 1 sc, dec., repeat from *. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish.

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