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This hat knits up in an evening with bulky yarns held double. (Great for those of you seeking a last-minute gift to knit.) The pattern uses the ingeniously simple helical knitting technique to create spiral stripes with no jog. A couple of small buttons and a felt tongue at the end complete the look. Maybe you will put beads at the tail end of yours to make a rattler?
This hat fits my five-year-old son, my husband, and my giant 24" melon.
While I love the yarns that I used, they are a little pricey. Here are some great alternatives (that come in both solid and multi colors):
Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Bulky / Bulky Hand Dyes
Instructions for helical knitting technique given and referenced in pattern.
4" = 10 1/2 sts and 15 rows in reverse stockinette st
My mom taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really went gaga for crafting in grad school -- so much so that I've changed careers from history professor to full-time knitting designer, teacher, and writer!