Since Merrymom asked, and ’tis the season, I thought I’d take a moment to stop knitting the car hats and write out the pattern. I know there are other patterns out there in a similar vein, but when I sat down and was ready to knit, I didn’t feel like searching for one… so, I went all renegade.
Jacob’s Car Hat
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease because I know it washes well (I just had a bad experience with superwash-that-didn’t, after all).
Materials: Single balls of blue, green, gray, yellow, and red. (So far, a single ball in each color has made 4 hats, and there’s plenty for at least 2 more.)
Little car-shaped buttons. I found some at JoAnn and Michael’s, so they’re pretty readily available.
Size 5 DPNs.
On size 5 DPNs, cast on 80 sts in green. Join and work 5 rounds (all stockinette). (When knitting in the round, I always cast on one more than the pattern calls for, spreading the sts evenly among the needles with the extra st at the end of the last DPN – then, at the end of the first round, I slip that extra st onto the first DPN and knit it together with the first st on that needle. This gets rid of the little divot that seems to form when I just cast on and join the correct number of stitches.)
Switch to gray, k 5 rounds.
Add in yellow, then work one round of *3 sts of yellow, 2 sts of grey, repeat from *.
Drop the yellow, k 5 more rounds of grey.
Switch to green, k 3 rounds.
Switch to blue, k approximately 12 rounds, more or less depending on the height you want. (On one hat, which I don’t have photos of yet, I used brown and green to make Fair Isle trees – CUTE, but too much extra time to let me do as many as I want.)
Dec Rnd 1: *k3, k2tog. Repeat from *.
Dec Rnd 2: k around.
Dec Rnd 3: *k2, k2tog. Repeat from *.
Switch to yellow.
Dec Rnd 4: k around.
Dec Rnd 5: *k1, k2tog. Repeat from *.
Dec Rnd 6: k around.
Dec Rnd 7: *k2 tog. Repeat from *.
16 sts remain. Cut yarn with approximately 9″ end, thread onto darning needle, and run through the remaining sts, pull tight and weave end inside hat. (For a more gradual decrease at the top, k around for 2 rounds each on the even Dec Rnds.)
At edge of yellow “sunshine” area, in color of your choice, pick up the right side of 4 knit “V’s” onto a DPN. With the top of the hat toward you, knit approximately 20 rows of I-cord. Then switch to garter stitch and knit back and forth for 12 rows. Bind off and sew red, yellow and green buttons on (this is different from what’s in the picture, too, but I like the look a lot better). I also put the child’s initials on the back side of the stoplight.
Weave in a ton of ends inside, sew the car buttons spaced out on the road, and viola! A car hat!