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Prairie Dog Knit Hat


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  • Stranded

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I made this hat for my friend Loren. She studies evolution in prairie dog colonies and specifically how pathogens such as the plague influence the evolution of black-tailed prairie dogs in Colorado. I made it with Vanna's Choice yarn (golden color) and a teal color in a similar weight that I had in my yarn collection. Carrying the yarn behind the hat during the color work makes a thick, warm hat with super cute prairie dogs playing around the hat. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting in the round 2-stranded color work GAUGE 8 stitches by 10 rows is 2 inches by 2 inches in stockinette stitch PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Vanna's Choice

Supplies Needed

  • Size 5 16" circular and double pointed needles (or size needed for gauge)
  • yarn needle
  • Worsted weight yarn in main color and contrasting color (less than one skein of each)

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I am a scientist by day, a crafter by night and weekend. I taught myself to knit and crochet following online tutorials the summer after I graduated high school, and I have been knitting ever since. I love designing my unique and personalized knit objects, especially creating new and unusual hats for friends and relatives. To stay up-to-date with all my crafting projects, follow my blog: and etsy ( You can also find me on facebook ( Happy crafting!