The Elm Grain Stitch Hat takes a simple knitting stitch and makes a cute baby hat with gorgeous texture and interest!
A friend of mine recently let me borrow a vintage knitting stitch pattern book she had gotten from a friend and while I was browsing I came across the Elm Grain stitch which I thought was just really lovely.
I love the staggered horizontal stitches across the stockinette background and I was super excited to see that this is actually a really easy stitch to do! I set about to translate it to knit the Elm Grain stitch in the round and I just love the result! I hope you do too! It’s such a pretty pattern that makes the hat look special but also not too difficult, it’s the perfect balance!
I knit mine in this gorgeous dark gray Malabrigo worsted and I just love it. It’s soft, it’s pretty and it looks like difficult but wasn’t. Baby V’s going to have this one on repeat this year!
Elm Grain Stitch Hat Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
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Elm Grain Stitch Hat Knitting Pattern Supply List:
Worsted weight yarn in charcoal
Elm Grain Stitch Hat Instructions (0-3 month size)
Note: to work the Elm Grain stitch you will make one yarn over, then knit 1 or 2 stitches (as noted) and then use the tip of the left needle to lift (pass) the yarn over up and over the stitch(es) you just knit and off the right needle. This is written as “pass the yo over”)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 56 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 4 rounds.
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches, k2) repeat to the end of the round
Round 3: knit all sttiches
Round 4: (k2, yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches) repeat to the end of the round
Repeat rounds 1-4 until the hat is 4 inches long. Begin the decrease after a round 4. To begin the decrease divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop.
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: (yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches, k2, yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 3: (k4, k2tog, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: (k2, yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches, k1, yo, k1, pass the yo over that 1 stitch) repeat to the end of the round
Round 5: (k2, k2tog, k2) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: (yo, k2, pass the yo over those 2 stitches, k1, yo, k1, pass the yo over that 1 stitch, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 7: (k2tog, k3) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: (k1, yo, k1, pass the yo over that 1 stitch, k1, yo, k1, pass the yo over that 1 stitch) repeat to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 12: k2tog all stitches
Cut yarn, thread through loops and pull to close. Weave in ends.
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