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Ladybug Hat for Baby

based on a photo seen at Patternworks.  Copyright 2004 Beth  Koskie -All Rights Reserved. 
*The selling of this pattern or of any items made from this pattern is forbidden!  Pattern may be used for charitable purposes only.
Beth's ladybug hat
Materials:
WW yarn in red (I used Caron Simply Soft, about 2 oz)
Small amount of WW yarn in black
Size 8 circular needles
DPN size 8 (or second circular needle)
One marker
Crochet hook, size G
Yarn needle

Hat:
With red yarn, cast on 64 sts, and being careful to not twist, join; place stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds.
Rounds 1, 3, 5: Knit
Rounds 2, 4, 6: Purl
Knit around until hat is 6”.
Decrease as follows (switch to DPN or use second circular as needed):
Round 1: *Knit 6, K2tog, repeat from * around (56 sts).
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: Knit around even.
Round 3: Knit 5, K2tog, repeat from * around (48 sts).
Round 5: Knit 4, K2tog, repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Round 7: Knit 3, K2tog, repeat from * around (32 sts).
Round 9: Knit 2, K2tog, repeat from * around (24 sts).
Round 11: Knit 1, K2tog, repeat from * around (16 sts).
Round 12: K2tog around (8 sts).
 
Cut yarn about 10” long, weave in through remaining sts and pull tight, end off and weave in ends.
 
Antenna:
Using black yarn and 2 dpn, cast on 3 sts.
Knit across, pull to other end of needle
Pull yarn tight and knit across starting at beginning of row again (so you form it into a tube as you go)
Keep knitting this way until tube is about 3” long, end off and weave in end.
 
Make a second one. Sew them to top of hat, about 2” from center, across from one another.

Spots:
Using black yarn and size G hook, ch4 and join, ch2.
Work 12 dc into center of circle, join and end off, cutting yarn about 12” long.  Weave this end of yarn up and down through the 12 dc tops and pull tight into a ball, then stitch securely onto the sides of the red hat.
 
Make 6 spots and evenly spread them out around the sides of the hat.

 




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