It just turned into Fall a few days ago and I can’t wait to bake some pumpkin pie! I’m going to celebrate this fun season with a bright and colorful pumpkin hat. There are 2 sizes you can choose. A small size will fit a newborn to a year old and the bigger side will fit a year old child up to 2 or 3 years of age. If you need to make it bigger, you can add a multiple of 9 stitches.
Gauge: 4.5 sts / inch using number 8 us (5mm) needle
Here’s what you need for this pumpkin hat project;
CO 54 (63) sts using smaller needles. Work in stockinette stitch for 10 rows ending with a purl row. This is the rolled edge and it will roll.
Change to the bigger needles and follow a pattern below;
Row 1 (right side): *k8, p1; repeat to end of row.
Row 2: knit the knit sts and purl the purl st.
Repeat row 1 and 2 until 3.5 (4.5) inches long (measuring from the beginning of the rolled edge).
Now begin decrease as follow;
Row 1(right side): *skp (slip 1, k1, psso), k4, k2tog, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2- 6: knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Row 7: *skp, k2, k2tog, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 8-12: knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Row 13: *skp, k2tog, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 14: knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Row 15: *k2tog, p1; repeat from to end of row.
Cut yarn leaving 16 inches tail and transfer the remaining sts on to a stitch holder.
On the right side of the fabric, Make a slip stitch in every row of the purl st sections using a light brown yarn and a crochet hook. This to help highlight the ridges (ribs) of the pumpkin ( see photo or a link to a video on how to add slip stitches below). I started at the end of the rolled edge and made my way to the tip of the hat. When you reach the stitch holder, cut the yarn and pull it through that last loop to secure it.
Here is a link to the video; https://youtu.be/9ljCqHRTwKQ
In the video, I mentioned making slip sts between 2 ribs because the previous try-out hat I made has 2 purl sts but i didn’t like the look so much. So I decided to do one purl in the final hat instead. The technique remains the same.
Note: Do the slip sts on the left edge after the sides are seamed together. This will help cover up the side seam nicely.
Now make sure all the tails from the slip sts are placed at the back of work. Thread the big eye needle with a tail of orange yarn that you cut off earlier. Run the needle through all sts from stitch holder for 2 rounds. Then place right sides of the edges together and start seaming the edges together all the way to the cast on. Make sure it’s nice and secure before cutting of the yarn. Now you can go back and weave those tails from the brown yarn behind other sts.
For Stems and Tendrils
CO 4 sts using smaller needles. Knit in stockinette st, make sure to slip the first st. until desired length. Cast off. Leave a bit of tail for sewing a stem on a hat. Attach the stem by sewing it on the tip of the hat using big eye needle. Sew a few stitches around the stem. Cut and hide all ends inside the hat.
The lower part of the leaf
CO 14 sts using smaller needle.
Row 1: K7, turn
Row 2: Slip 1, K to end.
Row 3: K6, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 5: K5, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 7: K4, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 9: K3, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 11: K2, turn.
Row 12: Sl 1, k to end .
Row 13: K all 14 sts.
Repeat row 1-13 once.
Middle and top part of the leaf
Row 1: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K1, M1, k to last 2 sts, M 1, k1.
Row 5 - 7: Knit
Row 8: K1, M1, k to last 2 sts, M 1, k1.
Row 9: K 8, turn.
Row 10; Sl 1, k to end.
Row 11: BO 3 sts, k to end.
Row 12: K 8, turn.
Row 13: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 14: BO 3 sts, k to end.
Row 15 - 18: Knit.
Row 19: K1, k2tog, kto last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 20-21: Knit.
Row 22: K1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1.
Row 23: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1.
Row 24: K2tog twice.
Row 25: k2 tog. End off.
Use a dark green yarn to create small lines on the leaf. You can do slip stitches with a crochet hook or embroid it with a big eye needle. Try position the lines as shown in the picture below. Attach the leaf to the hat near the stem. If you want to make small spiral things (I just found out that they’re called “tendrils”) as well, then you can just do chain sts with a crochet hook. Make each one at about 3-4 inches long and then twist them it into spiral with your fingers. Then attach them at the base of the stem. I think that pretty much it. Hope you have fun making this pumpkin hat. Enjoy!
Hope I don't leave anything else. If you find any mistake, please give me a shout. Thanks!