Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Big Squeeze Toddler Hat and Scarf




Hello Friends!

Recently the lovely folks at Ancient Arts Yarns sent me a skein of their newest yarn line - Big Squeeze. Swoon! 100% Superwash Merino, soft and squishy like it's name suggests it is heart breakingly wonderful to knit with. As I started to play with it I knew just what it wanted to become - a hat and scarf set for a 2-year-old boy. I managed to dash off a few notes as it the set flew off my needles - so here it is for your enjoyment:


I used ever last inch of one skein of yarn so I would highly suggest starting with the hat. If you need to add more length to the scarf you can always knit on a contrasting color

Size: 18 - 24 months

Materials:
1 skein of Ancient Arts Yarns Big Squeeze, 100% Superwash Merino, Bulky, 132yds/120m, 3.5 oz/100gram. I used colorway: Great Blue Heron
US #10/6mm, 16" circular needle or size to obtain gauge
1 or more stitch markers
50 yards or less of contrasting worsted weight yarn for pompoms
Clover 1" pompom maker (or your choice of pom pom maker)
1, 1/2 inch button
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 3 sts/5rows = 1" in st st in the round


Hat

Using the US #10, 16" circular needle, cast on 50 sts, join in the round making sure not to twist any of the sts.

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Purl
Rounds 5 - 18: Knit
Round 19: *Knit 8, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 20 - 22: Knit
Round 23: *Knit 7, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 24 - 26: Knit
Round 27: *Knit 6, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 28 - 30: Knit
Round 31: *Knit 5, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 32 - 34: Knit
Round 35: *Knit 4, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 36, 37: Knit
Round 38: *K3, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Rounds 39, 40: Knit
Round 41: *K2, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Round 42: *K1, k2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
Round 43: *K2tog* rep from * to * to end of round
cut yarn leaving a 6" tail. draw yarn through remaining loops. Weave in end on inside of hat.
Make 1, 1" pompom with contrasting worsted weight yarn and attach securely to the top. Weave in ends from pom pom on the inside of hat.


Scarf

The scarf is knit in rows and can be knit on circular needles if you do not join in the round or straight needles
Using a US #10, 16" circular needle or straights cast on 3 sts
Row 1 - 6: Knit
Row 7: Rotate work 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts along side of work, rotate work again and pick up 3 sts at co edge - 9 sts on needles
Row 8: K3, yo, k3, yo, k3 (11 sts)
Row 9: K3, yo, k1, kfb, kfb in next st (this is the center stitch and can be marked with a split ring st marker, from here on out this st will be referred to as cs), k2, yo, k3 (15 sts)
Row 10: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 (17 sts)
Row 11: K3, yo, k to 1 st before cs, kfb in 1 st before cs, kfb in cs, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3

Rep rows 10 & 11 until you have 5 grams left of yarn (or 8 yards)
Bo very loosely purlwise. Pull yarn through last loop and weave in end.

Make 3, 1" pom poms with contrasting worsted weight yarn. Attach 1 pom pom at each end and 1 pom pom at center point

Attach a button or snap at one end and use yarn over space as button hole