Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sara's AWESOME Owl

Lucy wearing her big sister's hat while big sis is at school...but any picture is better than no picture! right?
FYI:  The brim is not designed to be folded up...she just INSISTED it needed to be, she's 20 months old, that explains it!

While out school shopping Sara (7) kept seeing super cute knit owl hats, but always in pink or other super girly colors...my girl is NOT a girly girl...although she LOVES dresses and skirts, it's got to be blue or teal!  SO I came home and got straight to work.  I dug through my stash and found some Royal Blue and some Turquoise yarn...with SPARKLES.  I used Red Heart Shimmer Yarn, it seems a little scratchy while your knitting it up but once it's done it's really smooth and soft!
  • You'll need a partial ball, Red Heart Shimmer Yarn I'm guessing 1/3 of each, in each color...or you can do all one color, even many colors, whatever you want...go crazy!  Any light worsted weight yarn can be substituted...but I personally REALLY liked the sparkle!
  • Scraps of any worsted weight yarn in white (eyes), orange (beak) and brown (eye lashes).
  • Size 6, 16inch circular needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hooks in size G and H
  • Two buttons
To start:
Cast on 100 stitches, join in the round.

K2, P2 around for 5 rounds.

Knit in stockinette stitch (since your in the round you will knit every. single. row...yes it's boring, but goes fast) for about 3 inches from CO edge.
Switch to second body color and knit every row until your hat measures a total of 7 inches.
If you have the child handy it might be good to try it on at this point, just make sure the top can close up and still fit the head.

To finish:
Simply join the top with Kitchener Stitch.  It seems hard at first but if you just follow it step by step it's really quite simple.

I have to get my toddler down for her nap...the eyes, tassles and beak will follow soon...I promise!

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