Santa Baby Ornament
Susan B. Anderson
Size: 3 inches in length
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (obtaining exact gauge is not necessary)
US size 3 set of 4 double-pointed needles
Rowan Handknit Cotton in Bleached #263 and Rossa #215, small amounts of each are needed (any worsted weight yarn will work fine)
With Bleached cast on 24 stitches onto 3 double-pointed needles (8 stitches per needle). Place a marker, and join to knit in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Using the fourth double-pointed needle to knit onto, knit 2 rounds.
Change to Rossa, and continue knitting each round until hat measures 1 ½ inches from the cast on edge.
Round 1: On each needle: knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches together (6 stitches per needle remain). 18 stitches total remain.
Rounds 2 and 3: knit
Round 4: On each needle: knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together (4 stitches per needle remain). 12 stitches total remain.
Rounds 5-8: knit
Round 9: On each needle: knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch (3 stitches per needle remain). 9 stitches total remain.
Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end. Thread this end onto a yarn needle and pull through the remaining 9 stitches. Pull up tight, and pull the end through to the inside of the hat. Weave in any remaining ends to the inside of the hat.
With Bleached and 2 double-pointed needles used as straight needles, cast on 1 stitch, leaving 2-inch tail.
Row 1: knit in the front and the back of the stitch until 5 stitches are on the right needle.
Row 2: knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: knit, do not turn, pass the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th stitches over the first stitch and off the needle. (1 stitch remains)
Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread the tail onto a yarn needle. Stuff the bobble with the 2-inch tail from the cast on stitch. With the tail on the yarn needle gather up the edges of the bobble to form a tiny ball. Attach the bobble to the top point of the hat.
Turn up the white brim of the hat.
With a 6-inch piece of white thread and the sewing needle, pull the thread through the bobble. Tie a knot to join the ends to create a loop for hanging.