Knit a sweet watermelon hat for your baby or toddler with this free pattern!
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So I know, watermelon is a summery food. And knit hats are a wintery thing. But you know what, I don’t know about where you live, but a lot of times, the air conditioning is out of control inside, especially in public places. Even in our house, where we keep the a/c at a reasonable level, our basement is freeeeeezing. So when I take Baby V down to play while I exercise or O is busy, I actually have to bundle her up. I’d turn the a/c down (or up? less cold is what I mean…) but then our second floor becomes nine thousand degrees. Old houses, man! Anyway, so a hat for us in the summer is not out of the question. Why not have a cute summery one? Or hey, wear it in the winter to remind you of those fun summer days! That works too! Scroll on down to get the FREE Watermelon Hat pattern!
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(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the green yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k2, p2 in a rib stitch for 6 rounds. Switch to the white yarn and knit all stitches for 3 rounds. Then switch to the pink yarn for the rest of the hat.
Knit all rows until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Round 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:
- Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
- Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
- Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the watermelon seeds:
Thread your needle with a long length of black yarn and pull it halfway through so that you are sewing with double thickness. Make small vertical stitches (about three rows high) all over the hat to make the seeds. Cut, knot and weave in yarn ends either as you go or when you’re finished. And that’s it! Enjoy your watermelon hat!
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