Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cute Creeper Hat

I've never claimed to be the most tech-saavy person, but after struggling all morning to link a PDF of my pattern for an adorable Creeper hat that I made to my Ravelry (my first design!), I almost feel like just eating the yarn. Instead of that unfortunate outcome, I am going to see if I can just put it in here and be done with the computer frustration for a bit so that I can get back to the tea, fire and knitting that is waiting cheerfully for me. I hope, so hope, this works!

Main color (MC) Green
Contrast color (CC) Black

Cast on 90 stitches in MC (I used cable cast on) on smaller needles
Place marker and join in the round (I used the magic loop method because of ease during decreases for the stocking)
Work K2P2 rib for 4 rows, or until the rib border is 1" from cast on
Change to larger needles for the remainder of the hat
Knit for 2 rows
On the second row place markers after stitch 34 and after stitch 56. The creeper face is worked opposite the join between the markers (22 stitches should be between the markers opposite the join)
Work the creeper face pattern in "round" intarsia (I had to look up how to do this, and am still working on getting consistent results with the "seam" area at the join when switching directions in the round. I recommend looking this up if you haven't done it before )
The face pattern is worked in 24 rows, MC is the background CC is the face. Work the pattern next (written here in text until I can upload a PDF)

NOTE: All the work for this pattern occurs in the 22 stitches between the markers, all other stitches are knit in MC 
Rows 1-4: K5green, K3black, K6green, K3black, K5green
Rows 5-11: K5green, K12black, K5green
Rows 12-15: K8green, K6black, K8green
Rows 16-17: K22green
Rows 18-24: K2green, K6black, K6green, K6black, K2 green

Knit 2 rounds in MC (do this before decrease so the eyes aren't distorted by the shape change)

Decrease for striped stocking cap as follows
MC *K2tog, K10* repeat **until 4 remain, knit those remaining 4 (82 remaining in total)
knit 12 rows MC
Change yarn to CC (jogless join each time there is a color change)
CC *K2tog, K10* repeat **until 8 remain, knit remaining 8 (75 remaining in total)
knit 12 rows CC
Change to MC 
MC *K2 tog, K8* repeat ** until 1 remains, knit (67 remaining)
knit 10 rows MC
Change to CC

CC *K2tog, K8* repeat **until 5 remain, knit (60 remaining)

knit 10 rows CC
Change yarn to MC 

MC *K2tog, K6* repeat **until  2 remain, knit (52 remaining)

knit 8 rows MC
Change yarn to CC 

CC *K2tog, K6* repeat **until 2 remain, knit (45 remaining)

knit 8 rows CC
Change yarn to MC 

MC *K2tog, K4* repeat **until 1 remains,  knit ( 37 remaining)

knit 8 rows MC
Change yarn to CC

CC *K2tog, K4* repeat **until  1 remains,  knit ( 25 remaining)

knit 8 rows CC
Change yarn to MC

MC *K2tog, K2* repeat **until 1 remain, knit (19 remaining)

knit 6 rows MC
Next row K2tog all stitches, until 1 remains, knit
Final row, K2tog all stitches, cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and close tightly
Make a large PomPom in either color (or both), and attach to the end of the cap
Weave in ends

I'm working on a PDF attachment of the pattern for the face, but since PDFs are giving me such trouble right now, I thought I'd write a text version in the meantime. 

I will update Ravelry as soon as I wrestle my computer beast into shape. If you don't hear from me, I am probably covered in wires and computer parts, eating yarn. I hope you enjoy this one, I loved the results, and a hat that my 5 year old is THRILLED to wear. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you notice any mistakes... Thanks!