Love In Every Stitch

No matter who we choose to knit for, we knit for them out of genuine love and caring. Fresco is warm without being weighty and has a cozy halo. Isn't good love a bit like that? And what better week to knit with a special someone in mind?

 So, with Valentine's Day just a week away, we wanted to give you something special to knit up. This hat is knit in the round from the bottom up in two contrasting colors of Fresco.

Heart Hat

Designed by: Meg Kealey (Myers)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Adult M

22½" circumference x 7½" tall

Fresco by Classic Elite Yarns
(60% Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca, 10% Angora; 50 g = approx 164 yards)
1 hank each:
A – 5536 Oatmeal
B – 5317 Sangria

Set of 4 dpn and circular knitting needle (16") in size US 5 (3.75 mm) or size to obtain gauge.
Circular knitting needle (16") in one size smaller.

Stitch markers

23 sts and and 35 rows = 4" in St st, blocked. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

BOR: beginning of rnd
CO: cast on
dec('d): decrease(d)
k: knit
m1: (make 1) Insert LH needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the front to the back, knit through the back loop (1 st increased).
p: purl
pm: place marker
rep(s): repeat(s)
rnd(s): round(s)
s2kp: Slip 2 sts together knitwise from the LH needle to the RH needle, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st (2 sts decreased).
st(s): stitch(es)

Heart Pattern Chart

 Stockinette Stitch (St st) in the Rnd:
Knit on all sts every rnd.

2 x 2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)
All rnds: *K2, p2; rep from *.

NOTE: When working stripes carry unused color up beginning of round on inside.

With smaller needle and A, CO 100 sts. Pm for BOR and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Work 2 x 2 Rib for 1".
Inc rnd: *(K3, m1) twice, k4, m1; rep from * - 130 sts.
Change to larger needle and knit 1 rnd.
Join B and work Heart Pattern (rnds 1-13).

Work 2 rnds even with A.

Work 6 rnds B.
Knit 1 more rnd with B and place markers as follows: K13, pm, (k26, pm) 4 times, k13.

Crown dec rnd: With B,  [Knit until 2 sts before marker, s2kp] 5 times, k to end – 10 sts dec’d.

Note: Read the next section carefully before continuing – stripes and crown decreases are worked at the same time. Change to dpn when necessary.

Rep Crown Dec rnd every 3rd rnd 8 times more then every other rnd twice – 10 sts AND AT THE SAME TIME, work stripes as follows:
Work even 3 rnds with B, then 1 rnd with A, (work 12 rnds B, 1 rnd A) twice. Complete hat with B.

Cut yarn and thread tail through all sts twice, pull tightly to close hole at top of hat. Weave in ends and lightly block.

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Clockwise from upper left: Marta, Snowflake, Nell, and Lucretia.

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