Welcome to Day 21 of our National Craft Month celebrations! We’ve been having such an amazing time sharing exciting and fun craft tutorials with you every day since March 1st! From paper crafts to jewelry and fashion crafts and now onto yarn crafts, we’ve featured a ton of great ideas as part of our Project of the Day series. I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering some new and interesting crafts as much as we’ve loved sharing them with you!
As a bonus to the fabulous craft tutorials we’ve been featuring, we’ve also been offering prizes each and every day of National Craft Month. If you haven’t been chosen as one of our lucky winners just yet, don’t worry. We have plenty of giveaways left so keep staying tuned to the blog for your chance to win!
Today I’m really excited to share our Project of the Day from our friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This lovely cotton sun hat is the perfect accessory for the coming summer months. Keep the sun out of your eyes by wearing this wide-brimmed cap. It’s a great way to keep cool and look fashionable at the same time!
Keeping Cool Sun Hat
You won’t need to hide in the shade this summer if you have this big-brimmed cotton sun hat on! This easy knit hat pattern is great to start working on now so you’ll be finished by the time it gets really hot out. Choose your favorite color of yarn and make this lovely sun hat this spring!
- 2 balls 480-098 Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton Almond
- Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles – Size 7
- Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size G-6 (4.25 mm)
- Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
- Large-Eye Blunt Needles
- Circular knitting needle size 7 (4.5 mm)
- 16 in. (40.5 cm) long needle nose pliers
- Duct tape
- 32 (34) in. (81.5 (86.5 cm)) heavy gauge wire (a wire coat hanger works well) or craft wire
12 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
kfb (knit into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle – 1 st increased.
yo (yarn over)
An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.
k = knit
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
1. Make a slip knot and insert hook through knot (photo below). Do not tighten the loop onto the hook; you will be inserting your hook into again.
2. Wrap yarn over hook and pull through slip knot.
3. Wrap yarn over hook again and draw through loop just made – you have cast-on 1 st.
4. Insert hook into slip knot loop again. (photo below).
5. Rep Steps 2-4 until a total of 5 (6) sts have been cast-on (photo below).
Divide sts onto 3 needles (photo below). Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts. Slip marker at the beginning of every rnd.
Rnd 1 (RS): (Kfb in next st) 5 times, k0 (1) – 10 (11) sts at the end of this rnd. Note: The ‘0’ means that there will be one st remaining to knit at the end of the rnd for the M/L size only.
Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, yo; rep from * around – 20 (22) sts at the end of this rnd.
Note: When sts have been sufficiently increased, change to circular needle.
Rnd 5: *K2, yo; rep from * around – 30 (33) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 7: *K3, yo; rep from * around – 40 (44) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 9: *K4, yo; rep from * around – 50 (55) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 11: *K5, yo; rep from * around – 60 (66) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 13: *K6, yo; rep from * around – 70 (77) sts at the end of this rnd.
Work in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) until piece measures about 7 in. (18 cm) from beginning.
Next Rnd: *K7, yo; rep from * around – 80 (88) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd: K4, yo, *k8, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4 – 90 (99) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd (Turning Ridge): Purl.
Next 3 Rnds: Knit.
Bind off, leaving a long yarn tail.
Using pliers, form wire into a circle, overlapping ends by about 1 in. (2.5 cm) (photo below).
Wrap wire ends with duct tape to secure (photo below).
Lay wire circle onto WS of Hat. Fold Hat edge, along turning ridge, over wire (photo below).
Thread yarn tail into blunt needle and whipstitch edge of Hat, securing wire (photo below).
Weave in ends.
Like I mentioned earlier, we’re giving away a prize every single day of March, right here on the blog for National Craft Month. It’s so easy to enter; just be sure to check back each day for our Project of the Day post like this one to comment to enter! You have 31 chances to win and a new special prize each day.
Today’s prize is: 3 balls of Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton Yarn and 3 balls of Tweed Stripes Yarn
- Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
- One comment/entry per person.
- Contest closes March 22, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
- Please answer the question below in order to be entered.
- Winners will be posted on this blog and notified by email.
Answer this question below in the Comments Section of this post for a chance to be today’s winner:
If you were stranded on a desert island, what one craft supply would you want with you and why?