Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Robot Hat

Robot Hat:
Because robots are awesome.







Materials: Any worsted weight yarn. MC (black, approx 200 yards), CC1 (orange), CC2 (blue), CC3 (green). I used wool from a recycled sweater and some old mystery acrylic, so substitute whatever worsted yarn you want.
Needles: Size 6 dpns
Gauge: 22 sts and 33 rows = 4'' in stockinette stitch
Sizes: Adult M/L, Child

Adult size chart (click for full-size):

(EDIT: The top two rows of this chart create some fairly large yarn floats on the inside of the hat. It still works, but if you want to avoid this, knit the last two rows using only the MC and duplicate stitch the pattern onto them.)

Adult size: With CC1, cast on 112 sts, 28 on each needle. Join in the round and start knitting k3 p1 ribbing. Knit 7 rounds of ribbing. Switch to CC2. Knit 8 rounds of ribbing. Turn work inside-out (This makes it so the k3 p1 ribbing is reversed into p3 k1 ribbing. I do it this way because I like knitting stitches better than purling. Alternately you could do the ribbing in p3 k1 and not turn it inside-out), sl 1 stitch, k all sts for the rest of the round. K all sts for 3 more rounds. Switch to MC and k all sts for 18 rounds. Switch to CC2, k all sts for 1 round. Using MC and CC3, work the 18 rows of the robot chart pattern. When you're done with the robot chart, k 1 more round using just the MC. Now start reducing stitches for the top of the hat: Make sure your stitches are evenly distributed between the 4 needles. At the start of each needle, k2tog then k the rest of the sts on the needle, so you're reducing by 4 sts every round. Continue to do this until only 8 sts remain. Cut yarn, use a needle to thread the yarn through the 8 sts and pull it tight. Weave in ends.

Child size chart (click for full-size):

(EDIT: The top two rows of this chart create some fairly large yarn floats on the inside of the hat. It still works, but if you want to avoid this, knit the last two rows using only the MC and duplicate stitch the pattern onto them.)

Child size: With CC1, cast on 104 sts, 26 on each needle. Join in the round and start knitting k3 p1 ribbing. Knit 6 rounds of ribbing. Switch to CC2. Knit 7 rounds of ribbing. Turn work inside-out (This makes it so the k3 p1 ribbing is reversed into p3 k1 ribbing. I do it this way because I like knitting stitches better than purling. Alternately you could do the ribbing in p3 k1 and not turn it inside-out), sl 1 stitch, k all sts for the rest of the round. K all sts for 3 more rounds. Switch to MC and k all sts for 15 rounds. Switch to CC2, k all sts for 1 round. Using MC and CC3, work the 18 rows of the robot chart pattern. When you're done with the robot chart, k 1 more round using just the MC. Now start reducing stitches for the top of the hat: Make sure your stitches are evenly distributed between the 4 needles. At the start of each needle, k2tog then k the rest of the sts on the needle, so you're reducing by 4 sts every round. Continue to do this until only 8 sts remain. Cut yarn, use a needle to thread the yarn through the 8 sts and pull it tight. Weave in ends.

For a more winter-y hat, you could make a pom-pom from the 3 contrasting colors and attach it to the top.

Feel free to use the robot charts for other projects!

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4 comments:

Trish said...

Hey found your pattern on ravelry. Turned out great! thanks for sharing the pattern!

Stitches In Time said...

Very cool!

Deb said...

Just finished your robot pattern on a hat for my 3 year old grandson. Turned out awesome. My daughter-in-law helped me to pick the pattern to match the hat my grandson saw at Target and wanted immediately. My daughter-in-law, bless her, has faith in my abilities, told our grandson "Grandma can make the same hat". Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Bear said...

Oh man, this would be a perfect hat for my boyfriend, the scientist. I'm new to colorwork, especially colorwork in the round, but I think this hat deserves a try!!!