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Lucky Duck Hat


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Lucky Duck's a fun hat for kids and small size adults to wear (the Large fits my 21.5" head circumference perfectly), but a little complex to knit. I'd recommend it for an intermediate knitter who's comfortable working with several yarns at the same time. The colors are worked as intarsia blocks, not stranded across the back like Fair Isle knitting. The wings and beak are joined to the hat with a 3 Needle Join. This is similar to a 3 Needle Bind Off, but the stitches remain on the needle. The wings can be worn as ear flaps, or buttoned back. The eyes are added with Duplicate Stitch. There are separate written instructions and colored charts for each size hat. Instructions are included for the 3 Needle Join. Also included are Lucky Duck gift tags for you to print. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic knitting stitches. How to work with blocks of color (intarsia). How to read a chart. 3 Needle Join (or 3 Needle Bind Off) Duplicate Stitch for eyes. GAUGE 4 sts = 1" (16 sts = 4") SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 15.25" X-SMALL. 16.5" SMALL. 17.75 MEDIUM 19" LARGE. PREFERRED BRAND/YARN I used Red Heart, but any similar weight yarn is fine.

Recommended with this pattern

  • 3 ounces Orange for beak.
  • .6 to .9 ounce White (based on size hat).
  • 1.3 to 2.4 ounces Yellow (based on size hat).

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I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at Seattle's award-winning Woodland Park Zoo. My knitting experience goes back decades, and includes co-authoring the now classic how-to book "The Knitters Guide To Sweater Design," published by Interweave Press. Almost all of my knitting goes to help non-profit groups, especially my "cat hats" which are sold at fairs and special events. All proceeds from these patterns go directly into the PayPal account of South County Cats, an amazing all-volunteer non-profit that provides free and low cost spay/neuter, TNR (trap. spay/neuter and rescue/release) of feral felines, plus foster/adoption of adoptable kittens and cats.