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Knitted Football Hat

I saw baby Bexley today and I am inspired with baby boy patterns. What is more boy than football? I crocheted him a football hat before he was born, and now I decided to try knitting one. :)



Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rounds to 1 inch in stockinette in the round.

Size 6-12 months

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in two colors, brown and white.

Size 7 circular knitting needle (12 or 16" length)

Size 7 dpns for working decreases

Tapestry needle and scissors.

Directions:

Cast on 60 stitches with the white yarn (or 61, depending on the kind of join you use.) Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Knit 4 rounds of k1p1 ribbing in white.

Break white, join brown and knit 4 more rounds of k1p1 ribbing.

Knit 17 rounds of stockinette (knit every round). Switch to white and knit 4 rounds.

Switch back to brown. Knit 2 rounds, then begin decreases.

Decrease round 1: knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat around.

Decrease round 2 and every even numbered decrease round: Knit around.

Decrease round 3: Knit 3, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 5: Knit 2, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 7: Knit 1, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 9: Knit 2 together around.

Break yarn, thread into tapestry needle and weave through the remaining 10 stitches.

Weave in all ends. Cut a length of white yarn and embroider stitching on the hat to look like a football.

**Note** To avoid a job where you change color, knit one round in the new color, then slip the first stitch of the second round. Knit on as usual until you need to change colors again.

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