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Teacher's Pet


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Some memories stay with you through the years. I can still recall the halcyon Spring days when I was oh-so-young, with the eternity of Summer stretching ahead. Only six or seven, wearing my best blue dress (made by my mother!), white lace ankle socks, and shiny patent leather shoes, I hurried to school that day clutching a surprise in my little hand. A "nosegay" (still love that word!) made up by my mother to present to Mrs. Butler, my much-beloved teacher. Freshly picked Lily of the Valley, pansies, violets, and (best of all), it was cuddled by a paper lace doily! (Maybe that's why I still love knitting and crocheting lace...). How excited I was as I skipped over the cracks in the sidewalk, how proud to present Mrs. Butler with her little bouquet! She would ask me (in front of the whole class!) if the flowers came from my garden, and would thank me, maybe even give me a hug (chills!!!). All day my little flowers would sit in their place of honor in a paper cup on her desk; she would occasionally sniff the delicate scent as it wafted through the room, blown by the Spring breeze from the open classroom windows. I guess I was always trying to be the "Teacher's Pet;" maybe sometimes I still am... Take a walk with me down that childhood lane; what do YOU remember from those Springtime days? And we'll wear our lace Lily of the Valley hats... BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should know how to read a knit pattern, be able to perform the basic Knit, Purl, Yarn Over, K2tog, and Slip-Slip-Knit stitches. Also be familar with knitting in the round on 16" circular needles. GAUGE 18 sts = 4" in stockinette using size 8 needles and DK weight yarn. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Adult hat is a loose 20-21" brim, child hat is a 17-18" brim, baby hat is a 13-15" brim.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Approximately 200 yards DK weight yarn makes one Adult and also a baby-sized hat.
  • You will need 16" circular knitting needles in size 8 and 6 or 5 depending on desired brim tension. Also size 8 double pointed needles to finish off the crown.

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Crocheting constantly, Unless I'm knitting... I started at my grandmother's knee. It was said that as a child back in the "old country" she was exempted from farm labor because she could knit an entire thigh-length stocking in an afternoon. Now THERE'S incentive to work on your knitting speed!