This cute grape hat knitting pattern looks so cute on newborns, babies and toddlers, it’s got a sweet bunch of purple grapes, a little twisty vine and even a little leaf!
How cute is this little bunch of grapes?! This grape hat was one of the most fun hats I have designed recently. I’m not going to lie, it’s not really very hard to knit but it was a real challenge to figure it out for myself. But I’ve done all the hard work for you and even have a video showing you how to knit this cute bubble stitch that makes up the grapes in this delicious looking grape hat.
I love a pattern like this sometimes, that’s not incredibly difficult but just enough to keep you interested. Sometimes plain old stockinette gets a little boring, do you know what I mean? And this grape hat, is perfect in a deep rich purple. But if you prefer green grapes, go ahead, make yours green!Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works: This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
KBS = Knit Bubble Stitch
To see how to knit a bubble stitch, check out this video:
KBS: Drop the first stitch off the left needle and unravel down 4 rows. Insert the right needle into the live stitch and behind the 4 unraveled rows and k1 stitch. This is one bubble stitch.
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the purple yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 4 rounds.
Rounds 1-4: knit all stitches
Rounds 5: (k3, KBS) and repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 6-9: knit all stitches
Round 10: (k1, KBS, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat rounds 1-10 until the hat is about 5 inches long, begin the decrease after a round 10.
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (k2tog, k6) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4: (k3, k2tog, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 5: (k2, KBS) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:
Needle 1: (k2tog, k4) repeat 2 times.
Needle 2: (k2tog, k4) repeat 2 times.
Needle 3: (k2tog, k4) repeat 2 times.
Round 7: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 8: (k2, k2tog, k1) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 9: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 10: (k2tog, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: (k2tog, k1) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Switch to brown yarn and knit all stitches for 1 inch to make the stem. Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the grapevine:
The vine is knit as an icord, using double pointed needles, after each row, instead of turning your work, slide the stitches back down to the other end of the needle and continue knitting. Using a long-tail cast on, cast on 2 stitches with brown yarn.
Row 1: k2
Row 2: k1, sl1
Row 3: k1, sl1
Row 4: k1, sl1
Repeat rows 1-4 at least 5 times. Cut your yarn and thread through loops to close, Weave in that end. Use the long cast-on tail to stitch the vine tendril securely to the top of the hat at the base of the stem.
To make the grape leaf:
Using double pointed needles, cast on 2 stitches with green yarn. Leave a long tail to sew the leaf to the hat. Knit as an icord for 4 rows (k2, and instead of turning your work, slide it down to the other end of the needle and knit another row). After this you will be using your double pointed needles as straight needles and turning your work the usual way. Any new stitches added at the end of a row should be cast on using the backward loop method. The number in parenthesis at the end of the row is the number of stitches you should have on your needle after completing that row.
Row 1: kfb, kfb
Row 2: p1, pfb, pfb, p1 (6 stitches )
Row 3: k2, kfb, kfb, k2, cast on 2 stitches (10 stitches)
Row 4: cast off 3 stitches purlwise, p6, cast on 2 stitches (9 stitches)
Row 5: cast off 3 stitches, k5 (6 stitches)
Row 6: p2, pfb, pfb, p2 (8 stitches)
Row 7: knit all stitches
Row 8: p8, cast on 1 stitch (9 stitches)
Row 9: cast off 3 stitches, k5, cast on 1 stitch (7 stitches)
Row 10: cast off 3 stitches purlwise, p3 (4 stitches)
Row 11: knit all stitches
Row 12: p2tog, p2tog (2 stitches)
Row 13: knit all stitches
Row 14: p2tog
Cut yarn and pull through loop to close, weave in that end. Use the long cast on tail to securely stitch the leaf to the hat at the base of the stem.
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