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Second Grade

from More With Les
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Second Grade
Second Grade
Second Grade
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Second Grade

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round, casting on, binding off, pom pom.

Pattern Description:

Things are starting to get serious so be sure to wear this THINKING CAP, which features a rolled brim, stripes and triple pom-poms. A single pattern from the collection, Elementary Hats, also available on Craftsy.


5.5 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch in the round.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child-sized: 10" from unstretched bottom of brim to spot where pom poms are attached when measured flat. See guidelines in pattern for sizing up or down.


  • 3 colors of worsted weight wool. In the example, I used Knit Picks Swish and Cascade 220. You'll need about 130 yards of main color and 30-50 yards each of the embellishing colors (larger yardage for the pom-pom color).

You Will Also Need:

  • 16" circular needles, size US 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge (I am a loose knitter so in the example, I used size US 6) and additional needles for small-diameter knitting (DPNs, a second circular or a long Magic Loop needle).
  • Tapestry needle.

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

I used Knit Picks Swish and Cascade 220.

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