Knitting a feather and fan hat to match the ‘Party Dress’

This week I’m knitting with Universal Yarn Uptown Baby Sport, which is 100% pill-resistant acrylic yarn that is super soft. Available in a wide array of shades, Uptown Baby Sport looks and feels great in projects for children.

Yesterday, I made the Playtime Dress with my own personalized changes that transformed it into a pretty in pink party dress. Initially, I wasn’t planning on making a hat, but when I showed off the dress to a few of my knitting pals, everyone exclaimed that it needed a hat. The more I looked at the dress, the more I had to agree, so today, I’m making a hat using the same 2 colors (Pink Pearl and Tea Rose), the Feather and Fan motif from the skirt of the dress, and a variation of the pattern.

I’ve selected Pink Pearl (light pink), and Tea Rose (bold pink) as my color choices for the hat.

Without having a 2 year old available to measure her head, I had to rely on other hat patterns for toddler hat sizes. My hat measured 15” in circumference, but you can adjust the size by adding (or subtracting) a multiple of 18 sts, and increasing (or decreasing) the number of pattern row repeats. To make this hat, you will need:

materials

  • 1 ball Uptown Baby Sport in Tea Rose (Color A)
  • 1 ball Uptown Baby Sport in Pink Pearl (Color B) (I used the leftover yarn from the dress for both colors)
  • US3 [3.25mm] 32” [80cm] circular for magic loop, or 16” [40cm] circular, or 1 set of double pointed needles
  • tapestry needle

abbreviations

K = Knit

P = Purl

K2tog = Knit 2 sts together

SSK = Slip, Slip knit-wise, then knit the 2 sts together through back loop

Kfb = Knit into the front and back of the same stitch

st(s) = Stitch(es)

YO = Yarn Over, bring yarn to the front of work before knitting the next stitch.

rep = Repeat

rnd = Round

dec = Decrease

Instructions

Cast on 126 sts and join in the round being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker to denote the beginning of the round.

With Color A, work 4 rounds of garter stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row)

Attach Color B

**B: Knit 2 rounds

B: *K2tog (3 times), K1, YO (6 times), SSK (3 times); rep from * to end of round

A: Purl 1 round**

Repeat from ** 4 more times (5 patterns in total)

B: Knit 2 rounds

B: *K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round (84 sts)

A: Purl 1 round

A: Beginning with a Knit round, work 6 rounds of garter stitch

**B: Knit 2 rounds

B: *K2tog (2 times), K1, YO (4 times), SSK (2 times); rep from * to end of round

A: Purl 1 round**

Repeat from ** 6 more times (7 patterns in total)

Decrease for crown

B: *K2tog, K8, SSK; rep from * to end of round (14 sts dec = 70 sts)

B: Knit

B: *K2tog (2 times), YO, K2, SSK (2 times); rep from * to end of round (14 sts dec = 56 sts)

A: Purl

B *K2tog, K4, SSK; rep from * to end of round (14 sts dec = 42 sts)

B: Knit

B: *K2tog, K2, SSK; rep from * to end of round (14 sts dec = 28 sts)

A: Purl

A: *K2tog, SSK; rep from * to end of round (14 sts dec = 14 sts)

A: Purl

A: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round (7 sts)

Cut Yarn. With the tapestry needle, draw the remaining yarn through the loops of the 7 sts, pull to close the gap and weave in the end.

The completed hat made with the Tea Rose and Pink Pearl leftover yarn from the dress.

How adorable is this, but it still needs something … a flower!

After trying several flower patterns that I didn’t like, one of my knitting pals suggest a provisional cast on and a picot edge. That got me thinking of ideas and voilà the water lily flower emerged.

(L) Water Lily back in progress, (C) Water Lily back complete, (R) Water Lily cup complete

This is a 2 part flower, with a larger back, and smaller cup. I used leftover yarn from the hat and dress to make the pink version. The other materials I used included:

materials

  • US3 [3.25mm] 32” [80cm] circular for magic loop
  • E-4 [3.5mm] crochet hook close (or close in size)
  • scrap yarn for the crochet provisional cast on (a smooth cotton works best)
  • tapestry needle

Instructions

Provisional Cast on with scrap yarn 10 sts, join yarn and work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. You may wish to place a marker to denote the beginning of the round. Leave a long enough tail from the first row to draw through the stitches later.

Larger Base Flower

·   Knit 1 round.

·   *Kfb; rep from * to end of round (20 sts).

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *K1, Kfb; rep from * to end of round (30 sts).

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *K2, Kfb; rep from * to end of round (40 sts).

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *YO, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *K2, K2tog; rep from * to end of round (30 sts).

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round (20 sts).

·   Knit 2 rounds.

·   *K2tog; rep from * to end of round (10 sts).

·   Knit 1 round.

·   Cut yarn.

Smaller Cup Flower

·   Knit 1 round.

·   *Kfb; rep from * to end of round (20 sts).

·   Knit 6 rounds.

·   *YO, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

·   Knit 6 rounds.

·   *K2tog; rep from * to end of round (10 sts).

·   Knit 1 round.

·   Cut yarn.

With the tapestry needle, thread the cut yarn through the stitches on the needle and draw them in together. Then, unravel the provisional cast on stitches and pick up the stitches by drawing the tail yarn through each stitch and drawing them in together tightly. Secure the two ends of each part, then thread the cup flower ends through the back flower, and secure all ends. Use the ends to attach the flower to the hat.

Completed water lilies made with Uptown Baby Sport in (L) Lily (white) and (R) Tea Rose and Pink Pearl.

The picot edge of my completed flowers is a wonderful method for simulating the flower petals … thanks Brigit! It was a terrific idea.

The hat is now complete with the addition of the water lily flower.

My hat is complete and adorned with the water lily flower made with the leftover yarn. In fact, both the hat and flower were made with the leftover yarn from the dress. That really speaks to the yardage of Uptown Baby Sport.

The same Feather and Fan motif from the dress skirt was used on the brim of the hat, and a 12 stitch version was used on the crown. Even the decreases were done in line with the K2tog and SSK stitches of the pattern motif which kept the continuity of the scallops.

Now that the hostess is well outfitted, it’s time to get the table ready for the Tea Party. Please join me tomorrow as I make a rather unique item for the table, and provide the details for the 2 color Herringbone placemat, all made with Uptown Baby Sport.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Turning a knitted dress from Playtime into Party Time

Go to part 5: Dressing up the table for the Tea Party

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