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feb192011

Small and clever - hat, mittens and booties

We´re pretty pleased with this kit. It turned out cute as well as very functional;) It´s different to knit as you knit the hat from cord to cord, the mittens from tip to tip and the booties sideways. If you´re used to knitting, this will be a bit different, and it´s all about construction.

Size

0-4 (5-12) m

Yarn
Abuelita Merino Worsted / Abuelita Merino Worsted Multi
100 g base colour, 100 g pattern colour

Needles
Circular needles and DP needles US 6

Gauge
18 stitches = 4"

You need to know how to make an i-cord, how to increase and decrease to the left and the right as well as how to wrap and turn in the middle of a row to make this kit perfectly. If you don´t know how, try to look it up on youtube;)

Hat
The hat is knitted from cord to cord.

Cast on 3 stitches on DP needles US 6.
Knit an i-cord over these 3 stitches for about (6) 6.3”.

Turn your work and purl back.
Cast on one stitch at the beginning and the end of the row = 5 stitches.
Yoou´ll now start shaping the hat. Work in garter stitch, except for the 3 stitches in the middle. Place marker (PM) before and after these 3 stitches.

Row 1:
Slip 1, knit until the first PM, M1R (make 1 right), K3, M1L (make 1 left), knit the rest of the row.

Row 2:
Slip 1, knit until the first PM, P3, knit the rest of the row.
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 39 (43) stitches. You should just have finished row 2.

Change colours and remove the PMs.
Knit 2 rows.
Size 5-12 m only:
K 38, turn and knit back
All sizes:
K 33, turn and knit back
K 28, turn and knit back
K 23, turn and knit back
K 19, turn and knit back
Knit 2 rows.

K 19, turn and knit back
K 23, turn and knit back
K 28, turn and knit back
K 33, turn and knit back
Size 5-12 m only:
K 38, turn and knit back
Knit 2 rows.

Change colours, and PM before and after the 3 stitches in the middle.

Row 1:
Slip 1, knit until you´re 2 stitches away from the PM, SSK, K3, K2tog, knit the rest of the row.

Row 2:
Slip 1, knit until the PM, P2, knit the rest of the row.

Repeat these 2 roes until 5 stitches remain, and you should just have finished row 2.
SSK, K1, K2tog.
Turn, P3.

Make an i-cord for about (6) 6.3”.
Cast off and weave in ends.

Booties
Knitted sideways and assembled along the back and underneath.
Cast on 24 (28) stitches.
Knit 8 (12) rows.
*Knit 14 (16), turn and knit back*
Repeat from * to *, but subtract 1 stitch each time you turn (meaning you´ll knit 13 (15) next row.)

When you´ve done this 11 (12) times, cast off the first 3 (4) stitches.
Change colours and knit the rest of the row.
Knit 13 (15) rows.

Cast on 3 (4) stitches in the base colour and knit like this:
*K1, turn and knit back*.
Repeat from * to *, but add 1 stitch each time you turn ( meaning you´ll knit 2 next row.)

When you´ve repeated this 11 (12) times in total, knit 8 (12) rows and cast off loosly.
Fold like this and assemble the front first, then underneath, and finally in the back.

Mittens
The mittens are knitted from tip to tip, with an i-cord in the middle. We knitted the first inch in the base colour, and the rest in the pattern colour.
Cast on 8 stitches, 2 on each needle.
Needles 1 and 2 are one side, needles 3 and 4 are the other.
Knit 1 round.
Continue in stockinette and increase on every other round like this:
K1, M1L, knit until 1 stitch remains on needles 2, M1R, K2,
M1L, knit until 1 stitch remains on needle 4, M1R, K1.
Increase 4 (6) times in total. You´ll now have 24 (32) stitches.
When your work is 3 (3.4)” decrease 6 stitches evenly on the next round.
Knit a rib, K1, P1 for 1.2 (1.6)”.
K1, cast off the rest fo the stitches apart from the last two.
Use these 3 stitches to make an i-cord.

When the i-cord is 21.6 (25.6)”, cast on 15 (23) stitches.
Knit a rib, K1, P1 for 1.2 (1.6)”.
Start working in stockinette and increase 6 stitches evenly on the first round.
When the work is 2.6 (2.8)” from where the rib started, decrease on every other round like this:
K1, K2tog, knit until 3 stitches remain on needle 2, SSK, K2, K2tog.
knit until 3 stitches remain on needle 4, SSK, K1.

When 8 stitches remain, cut the yarn and pull it through the stitches.