I was cleaning up my craft area the other day and randomly grabbed a couple leftover skeins of yarn to put away when I looked down and realized I was holding a very cute Valentine-y color combination. I didn’t actually have anyone in particularly to make this hat FOR, but you know, sometimes you just have to knit for the sake of knitting. Do you know what I mean? So I made a little hat. And then I put a little heart on it. And then I was in love. (which is appropriate for a Valentine’s Day Hat, right?) Now I just need someone to have a baby girl who’s 6 to 12 months around mid-February and I’m all set! Scroll on down for the free pattern!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Be My Valentine Heart Hat Knitting Pattern
(12 month size, for other sizes, see PDF version)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
3 partial skeins worsted weight yarn in 3 colors
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Be My Valentine Heart Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches with the 1st color onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 4 rounds. Switch to the 2nd color yarn and then knit all stitches for 4 rounds. Switch to the 3rd color yarn and knit all stitches for 4 rounds. Repeat this stripe pattern with all three yarn colors and knit all stitches until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (continue with stripe pattern & divide the stitches between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the Heart:
Row 1: kfb, kfb
Row 2: pfb, p2, pfb
Row 3: kfb, k4, kfb
Row 4: pfb, p6, pfb
Row 5: kfb, k8, kfb
Row 6: pfb, p10, pfb
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Rows 9-12: Repeat Rows 7-8
At this point you should have 14 stitches on your needle. Split your stitches, moving 7 onto a third double pointed needle.
Working with only the 7 stitches on the right side:
Row 1: k2tog, k3, ssk
Row 2: p2tog, p1, p2tog
Row 3: Bind off, cut your yarn leaving a 7 inch tail.
Now repeat those 3 rows with the 7 stitches on the left side.
Using your yarn needle, weave in all the ends on the back side of the heart except the long cast-on tail at the point of the heart.
Using the long cast-on tail, carefully whipstitch the heart to the hat and weave the end in on the inside.The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 6 months and 2T+!
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