Ok, so I really wanted to take part in Innocent's Big Knit this year. For every hat knitted Innocent donates 25p to Age UK. The have the info here, and some knit patterns. I am a complete novice at knitting. my stitches are usually too tight, I drop some and gain some from some unknown stitch dimension and the thought of following a pattern scares me. So seeing the beginner pattern on the Innocent site, I tried.......and came out with this:
Embarrassing isn't it? I'd much prefer to crochet one, but couldn't find any info on their site regarding patterns, so I tried one out myself and came out with this...:
As you can see, I was more confident with the final hat, that I went ahead and added the bobble. I then thought it would help others if I wrote up the pattern for this, so here it is below. This is the first ever crochet pattern I've written up, so let me know if it doesn't flow or I've missed something out.
Crochet pattern for Innocent Big Knit 2011
You will need a 4mm hook and some dk wool (this is a great way to use up any leftovers)
Start using a magic adjustable ring
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into the centre of the ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 1 - repeat around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 2 - repeat around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 3 - repeat around (30 sc)
Rnd 6, 7, 8: Sc in each sc. (30 sc)
Change wool colour here.
Rnd 9,10,11: Sc in each sc, (30 sc) holding the wool more taut than before (this allows it to grip onto the bottle top)
Now finish off the end of the wool, and stitch in any stray strands. If you want to add a bobble you can follow a general pom pom tutorial like this one at thingstomake.com. I used a circle of card which was approximately 3cm diameter for the size of the bobble in the picture.
Stitch the bobble onto the top of the hat with the same colour wool and voila, one hat complete.
This pattern could be adjusted to fit dolls too, I think the one I made might actually fit my vintage Sindy!