Little Bird Hat

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With the many birds flying south through Wisconsin at this time of year, I was inspired to use the little bird stitch in a hat for my daughter. We’ve called her “little bird” since she was a baby, and she is tickled pink to get her own pattern! She was hamming it up even though it was misty raining outside.

This is a textured stitch, with a very simple cable. I was able to knit the entire hat without a cable needle, but you can certainly use one if you need to. I recommend a tonal yarn over variagated so that you can show off the texture of the little birds.

Sizing is based on head circumference. Children will typically fit a small (18”) , and adults will fit the medium or large (20/22”).

Little Bird Photo


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Materials

110 (150) yards worsted yarn (Shown in Brew City Yarns Whiskey Worsted in Emerald City)

US #6 / 4mm circular needle

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rows / 4” of stockinette stitch

Abbreviations

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

C3R – slip next 2 stitches to cable needle, hold at back of work, knit next stitch, then cable stitches

C3L – slip next stitch to cable needle, hold at front of work, knit next 2 stitches, then cable stitch

Sl – slip next stitch on to right hand needle

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Little Bird Stitch:

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Row 3: K3, *sl 2 purlwise, K12; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, then sl 2 purlwise, K9

Row 4: K3, *sl 2 purlwise, K12; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, then sl 2 purlwise, K9

Row 5: K1, *C3R, C3L, K8; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, then C3R, C3L, K7

Row 6: Knit all stitches

Row 7: Knit all stitches

Row 8: Knit all stitches

Row 9: K10, *sl 2 purlwise, K12; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, then sl 2 purlwise, K2

Row 10: K10, *sl 2 purlwise, K12; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, then sl 2 purlwise, K2

Row 11: K8, *C3R, C3L, K8; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, then C3R, C3L

Row 12: Knit all stitches

Brim:

Cast on 80 (86) stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist stitches.

Work brim of hat in 1×1 ribbing for 1 (1.5) inches.

Setup Round: 

[Small] K17 (KFB 23 times) twice (126 sts total)

[M/L] K16 (KFB 27 times) twice (140 sts total)

Main Body:

Work Little Bird Stitch repeat 2 (3) times.

Decrease at Crown:

[Small] *K2tog 8 times, K2; repeat from * to end. [70 stitches]

[M/L] *K2tog; repeat from * to end. [70 stitches]

Top of Hat:

Starting on Row 2 of the Little Bird Stitch, complete one repeat once more.

Decrease at Top:

Row 1: *K2tog; repeat from * to end (35 sts)

Row 2: K across

Row 3: *K3, K2tog; repeat from * to end (28 sts)

Row 4: K across

Row 5: *K2, K2tog; repeat from * to end (21 sts)

Row 6: K1, *K2tog; repeat from * to end (10 sts)

Finishing:

Break yarn and pull tail through last 10 stitches twice. Weave ends into stitches on the inside of the hat. Soak your finished hat in lukewarm water for 15 minutes, pressing as much water out of it between towels when done. Then block your hat over a ball, or balloon for shaping until dry.

If you’d prefer, here’s a downloadable version of the Little Bird Hat.

Enjoy!

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