WIP Wednesday + Baby Hat Free Knitting Pattern

What did you do over the Memorial Day Weekend? I took advantage of a lot of relaxation time and squeezed in quite a bit of knitting. The WIP (work in progress) shown here is a cute little baby hat that I started yesterday. It's working up fast in Plymouth's Sweet Caroline yarn. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I love Sweet Caroline. It's a very soft, smooth cotton with little flecks of color that randomly appear in the knitting. I thought the color pattern would be very predictable, but the fact that it's not is a treat - not knowing where the next bit of color will appear. Sweet Caroline also has a very nice sheen to it and I love the way the stitches catch the light. 


Sweet Caroline Baby Hat FREE PATTERN
Fits babies 3-6 months


You will need:
Cast on 72 stitches on US 6 circular needles
Join round, being careful not to twist stitches and place marker at beginning of round
Round 1: Knit
Repeat Round 1 until hat measures 5" from the beginning
Change to double pointed needles and work decrease rounds as follows:
  1. *Knit 7 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 64 stitches remain.
  2. *Knit 6 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 56 stitches remain.
  3. *Knit 5 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 48 stitches remain.
  4. *Knit 4 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 40 stitches remain.
  5. *Knit 3 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 32 stitches remain.
  6. *Knit 2 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 24 stitches remain.
  7. *Knit 1 stitch, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 16 stitches remain
  8. *K2tog.* Repeat around - 8 stitches remain.
  9. Break yarn and weave through remaining 8 stitches. Fasten and weave in yarn ends.