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Tear Drop Hat Knitting Pattern

Caren Weiner Campbell

Tear Drop Hat Knitting Pattern

Knit by Carole Schmidt

This tear drop shaped hat fits women.

Materials:
Size 6 US (4.25 mm) 16 " circular needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) double points-set of 5
Worsted weight yarn

Gauge:
20 sts and 24 rows =4 inches in St st with larger needles

Instructions
Because I am a lefty, I have a pet peeve about standard directions. As a result, here's a very brief glossary of decreases used here:

Rightward Decrease (RD):
Lefties: sl1, k1, psso
Righties: k2tog

Leftward Decrease (LD):
Lefties: k2tog
Righties: sl1, k1, psso

With smaller needles, CO 106 st.
Work k1, p1 ribbing for 1½".
K next rnd, inc 6 sts (after every 17th or 18th st).
Change to larger needles.

Rnds 1-3: (P1, K12, P1) 8 times
Rnd 4: (P1, K12, P into front and back of next st) 8 times
Rnds 5-7: (P1, K12, P2) 8 times
Rnd 8: (P1, K12, P1, P into front and back of next st) 8 times
Rnds 9-11: (P1, K12, P3) 8 times
Rnd 12: (P1, K12, P1, P into front and back of next st, P1) 8 times
Rnds 13-15: (P1, K12, P4) 8 times
Rnd 16: (P1, K12, P1, P into front and back of next st, P2) 8 times
Rnds 17-19: (P1, K12, P5) 8 times
Rnd 20: (P1, K12, P2, P into front and back of next st, P2) 8 times
Rnds 21-23: (P1, K12, P6) 8 times
Rnd 24: (P1, K12, P3, P into front and back of next st, P2) 8 times
Rnds 25-27: (P1, K12, P7) 8 times

At this point, you will have 160 sts.

Continue as rnd 27 until hat measures 4" from beginning.

Then begin decreasing as follows:

Lefties, working counterclockwise:
Sl first st, *K10, Leftward Decrease (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P6, Rightward Decrease (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, LD, P6, RD* until last panel, when you will K10, LD, P6, and then RD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Righties, working clockwise:
Sl first st, *K10, rightward dec (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P6, leftward dec (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, RD, P6, LD* until last panel, when you will K10, RD, P6, and then LD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Next 3 rnds: (K12, P6) 8 times

Lefties decrease rnd:
Sl first st, *K10, leftward dec (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P4, rightward dec (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, LD, P4, RD* until last panel, when you will K10, LD, P4, and then RD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Righties decrease rnd:
Sl first st, *K10, rightward dec (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P4, leftward dec (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, RD, P4, LD* until last panel, when you will K10, RD, P4, and then LD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Next 3 rnds: (K12, P4) 8 times

Lefties:
Sl first st, *K10, leftward dec (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P2, rightward dec (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, LD, P2, RD* until last panel, when you will K10, LD, P2, and then RD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Righties:
Sl first st, *K10, rightward dec (using last k st of k panel and first p st of p panel), P2, leftward dec (using last p st of p panel and first k st of k panel), K10, RD, P2, LD* until last panel, when you will K10, RD, P2, and then LD incorporating first (slipped) stitch of round.

Next rnd: (K12, P2) 8 times
Next rnd: (K12, P2tog) 8 times

After this rnd, you will have 104 st.

Next rnd: (K12, P1) 8 times
Next rnd: (K5, [K2tog OR sl1, k1, psso, whichever you think looks best], K5, P1) 8 times
Next 3 rnds: (K11, P1) 8 times

Lefties: (RD, K7, LD, P1) 8 times
Righties: (LD, K7, RD, P1) 8 times

Next 3 rnds: (K9, P1) 8 times

Lefties: (RD, K5, LD, P1) 8 times
Righties: (LD, K5, RD, P1) 8 times

Next 3 rnds: (K7, P1) 8 times

Lefties: (RD, K3, LD, P1) 8 times
Righties: (LD, K3, RD, P1) 8 times

Next 3 rnds: (K5, P1) 8 times

Lefties: (RD, K1, LD, P1) 8 times
Righties: (LD, K1, RD, P1) 8 times

Next 3 rnds: (K3, P1) 8 times

You have 32 st.

Next rnd: (double dec, P1) 8 times

You have 16 st.

K 1 rnd even.
Next rnd: K2tog all around.

You have 8 st.

K 1 rnd even. Next rnd: K2tog 5 times.

You will have 3 st remaining.

Knit I-Cord for 6" or desired length.

At end, K3tog, then cut end and put through loop. Use this end to attach tassel, pompom, bell, whatever you choose.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.