UPDATE: This yarn has been discontinued but I will keep the pattern for those who might have it in their stash.
Bernat Baby Jacquards is a self-patterning yarn that creates simple floral design resembling Fair Isle technique. All you need is one ball of yarn and a pattern below to make 7 little hats for the Period of Purple Crying Program for less than a dollar each. The pattern’s print version in .pdf format is available.
The PURPLE program educates parents about normal infant crying and teaches coping skills in order to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Not-All-Purple hat sends a message that the ‘purple period’ is a part of baby’s normal development and will pass.
Photography: Shannon Bower. Technical editing: Charlotte Quiggle.
Materials: Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals, colour Petunia, 42m ( 45 yrds), 3.25 mm (US#3) and 4 mm (US#6) double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, stitch marker
k = knit
p = purl
k1-tbl = knit through the back loop
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
sts = stitches
Gauge: 25 sts and 33 rnds over 10 cm (4″) in stockinette st with larger needles
Head circumference: 37 cm (14.5 inches), average newborn size.
PLEASE NOTE: The hat’s cast-on edge must be very stretchy to fit comfortably over a baby’s head. Please follow cast-on instructions.
With two smaller needles held together, cast on 66 sts starting with the purple section of the yarn. Pull one needle out. Distribute sts evenly on 3 double-pointed needles (22 on each), mark beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-10: k1-tbl, p1.
Switch to larger needles.
Rnds 11-26: Knit.
Rnd 27: (K9, k2tog) 6 times. (60 sts)
Rnd 28: Knit.
Rnd 29: (K8, k2tog) 6 times. (54 sts)
Rnd 30: Knit.
Rnd 31: (K7, k2tog) 6 times. (48 sts)
Rnd 32: Knit.
Rnd 33: (K6, k2tog) 6 times. (42 sts)
Rnd 34: Knit.
Rnd 35: (K5, k2tog) 6 times. (36 sts)
Rnd 36: (K4, k2tog) 6 times. (30 sts)
Rnd 37: (K3, k2tog) 6 times. (24 sts)
Rnd 38: (K2, k2tog) 6 times. (18 sts)
Rnd 39: (K1, k2tog) 6 times. (12 sts)
Rnd 40: (K2tog) 6 times. (6 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a 15 cm (6″) tail.
Using tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
Sizing tip: change the size by adjusting the cast-on number by 6 sts. The decreases are worked over 6 sections (2 sections on each of 3 needles). Calculate the number of stitches in each section when you start decreasing (Rnd27) and work knit to last 2 sts of section, k2tog, in each section, alternating decrease and knit rounds until you have 42 sts left. Then follow the pattern as given, starting from Rnd34.