As I type, the 2010 Olympics are in progress and on Ravelry (www.ravelry.com), there are a number of us who are Ravathletes…i.e. that is we have challenged ourselves to knit, crochet, frog or whatever an entire project (or a series of projects) during the Olympics. Some of my knitting buddies have thought me foolish to do this, but I enjoy the challenge! Besides, it was something to do while watching my favorite Olympics – the Winter Games!
So, one of the events that I promised that I would do is the Designer Pattern Skeleton. To complete this event, you must create a publishable pattern…do whatever you feel is necessary to produce a publishable pattern. Last Olympics (the Summer 2006,) I had started an Olympic Rings Baby Hat, but I wanted to “tweak” the pattern before I published it. Well, I am now ready to unveil my pattern…right here on my blog.
Olympic Rings Baby Hat
By Cindy L. Petty (A Ravelympics 2010 Pattern)
Size 3-6 months, (6-18 months)
Gauge: 20 sts = 4” in stockingnette stitch
1 ball each DK Weight Superwash Wool in blue, gold, black, green, and red
(model pictured was knit in KnitPicks Swish DK)
1 set of US 6 (4 mm) double-point needles
1 set of US 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Using circular needles and starting with the Blue color, cast on 64 (72) stitches. Place a marker to indicate beginning of row and join for working in the round. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1.5“ (1.5“).
Change to Blue and add the Gold yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.
Change to Gold and add the Black yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.
Change to Black and add the Green yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.
Change to Red. Knit 2 (2) rows.
Begin hat decreases, changing to double-point needles as necessary:
Row 1: K2Tog, K6. Continue around row.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Knit
Row 3: K2Tog, K5 and continue.
Row 5: K2Tog, K4 and continue
Row 7: K2Tog, K3 and continue
Row 9: K2Tog, K2 and continue
Row 10: K2Tog, K1 and continue
Row 11: K2Tog around
Leaving a 20” tail, clip yarn and draw through remaining 8 (9) stitches. Anchor securely but leave yarn outside of the hat to anchor the Olympic Rings. Weave in all other strands of yarn.
Using 2 double-point needles and Blue Yarn cast on 3 stitches.
*Knit one row, slide the stitches to the end of the DP needle and knit one row.
*Continue the above I-Cord method until I-Cord is 5 inches. Gently close the loop to make a circle.
Make 4 more rings in the other 4 colors but before closing the circles of the remaining rings, gently interlock them. Olympic Rings start with blue, interlocked with gold, which is interlocked with black, which is interlocked with green, and finally interlock the red with the green and the blue.
Using the red tail, lightly tack down the rings so they stand up on the hat.
Place on the head of your favorite baby as you play the Olympic Anthem.
This original design was only test knitted by one other person so I would appreciate it if you would let me know of any typos/mistakes, etc.