New Pattern, Child’s Snowman Hat
*Edited 12/08/2008 to include infant pattern
1 skein Patons Shetland Chunky in Aran or white colorway
scant orange yarn
1 set of 5 Double pointed needles, size 8
Needles (16” circular or straight) size 8
Large-eye blunt needle
Black sewing thread and buttons of various sizes
Stitch Markers *if worked in the round
Gauge: = 16 sts + 28 rows 4”x4” in st st on size 8 needles
Sizes 2-3T, child 3-7, child 8-10 ** Infant, see below.
Pattern is written for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses. If only one number is given it applies to all sizes. This pattern can also be worked in the round. To work in the round, place a marker at the beginning of the round, working until needing to switch to dpns. When switching divide sts evenly on needles continuing to mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
CO – Cast On
BO – Bind off
St st – Stockinette Stitch
K2tog – Knit two together
P2tog – Purl two together
RS – Right side
WS – Wrong Side
CO 66 (74, 78) sts. Knit 8 rows, then work in st st for 26 (28, 30) rows.
Row 1 (RS) *k4, k2tog; rep from * 10 (11, 12) more times, end k4 (3, 0) – 59 (63, 65) sts.
Row 2, 4, and 6 Purl
Row 3 *k3, k2tog; rep from * 10 (11, 12) more times, end k4 (3, 0) – 48 (51, 52) sts.
Row 5 *k2, k2tog; rep from * 11 (11, 12) more times, end k0 (3, 0) – 36 (39, 39) sts.
Row 7 *k2tog; rep from * 17 (18, 18) more times, end k0 (2, 2) – 18 (20, 20) sts.
Row 8 *p2tog; rep from * 8 (9, 9 ) more times, – 9 (10, 10) sts
Row 9 *k2 tog; rep from * 3 (4, 4) more times, end k1 (0, 0) – 4 (5, 5) sts
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing seam. With large-eyed blunt needle, thread tail through remaining sts on needle. Pull tightly and secure. Sew back seam. Weave in ends.
Using 2 dpns, CO 8 sts
Work in icord for 3 rows
In next row decrease 2 sts as follows: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1
Knit one or two rows and decrease again as indicated above. Continue decreasing until 3 sts remain and carrot has your desired length. BO 3 sts. Thread yarn through center of carrot with a tapestry needle. Attach to hat with a whip stitch in desired nose location.
Add button eyes and mouth in button sizes you desire with sewing thread and needle.
Enjoy the cute snowman hat on your child and the compliments on such a cute hat! ;-)
**Note** I have knit several of these hats, and my two most recent I added ear flaps for the 2-3 toddler size. I will be adding this to two more hats and will note that part of the instructions and update this post.