The Knitmore Girls, hosts of a knitting podcast, held their Head to Toe Design contest this summer (the link goes to a discussion thread on Ravelry.com, a sort of Facebook for knitters), calling for preemie-sized hats that could be knit with the yarn left over from a pair of socks (dunno why it wasn’t called Toe to Head Contest, but there you are). Shortly after it was announced I saw the movie Gorky Park with William Hurt.
This pattern makes a preemie-sized hat.
–100 yards sock yarn
–US3 straight needles
The hat is knit flat and seamed.
1. With US2 dpns, cast on two stitches. Knit 5 inches of I-cord.
2. Knit front and back (KFB) into both stitches (4 stitches).
3. Knit stitches onto US3 straight needles, then KFB into all stitches (8 stitches).
4. Knit 5 rows, slipping the 1st stitch and purling the last stitch on every row.
5. Cut yarn. Repeat steps 1-4 to make second earflap.
6. Cast 16 stitches on to the end of the second earflap, and knit first earflap onto needle.
7. Knit 20 rows (10 ridges), slipping the first stitch and purling the last stitch of every row.
8. Make turning row: knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row.
9. Knit 5 rows of knit 2 purl 2 ribbing.
10. Knit 16 rows of stockinette.
11. BO 8 stitches, knit to end of row.
12. BO 8 stitches in purl, purl to end of row (16 stitches total on needle).
13. Knit 25 rows of stockinette.
14. Beginning with purl 2, do 5 rows of purl 2 knit 2 ribbing.
15. Make second turning row: knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row.
16. Knit 12 rows (6 garter ridges), slipping the first stitch and purling the last stitch of every row.
17. For the next 4 rows, BO the first stitch, knitting the first stitch and purling the last stitch of every row.
18. BO all stitches. Weave in yarn ends.
19. Sew up the side seams, taking care to line up the rows of ribbing: lay the hat flat in front of you so the stockinette side of the crown is up and the earflaps (at the back of the hat) are pointing toward you. Fold the sides of the hat forward (imagine you’re holding the hat at the back of the baby’s head and folding it to cover his ears) and drape the crown so the edges of the crown section line up with the edges of the earflap section, left side to left side and right side to right side. You may find it helpful to pin the ribbing sections before sewing.
20. Flip up the flaps, and tie the ties over the top of the crown.
All the contest winners are listed here (another Ravelry link).