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KNITTING PATTERNS >> Bear/ Panda Cub Hat and Mitts

Bear and Panda Hat and Mitts
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Bear Cubs Hat and Mitts

Designed by Linda Cyr

 
Directions are for size Newborn; changes for size 12 mos are in parentheses.
 
Hat Circumference: 12½ (15½)".
 
STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller™ “Alpaca Love™”:
 
For Bear Cub:
1 ball each 3350 Espresso Bean A and 3650 Lotus B.
 
For Panda Cub:
1 ball each 3101 Vanilla A and 3012 Night B.
 
Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7].
Double Pointed Needles: 1 set 3.75mm [US 5] and 4.5mm [US 7].
Stitch marker, stitch holder, yarn needle, 2 buttons ?" diameter.
 
GAUGE: 18 sts = 4"; 26 rows = 4" in St st with larger needles. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
 
Special Abbreviations
M1 (make one stitch) = Lift running thread before next stitch onto left needle and knit into the back loop.
 
Ssk = Slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time to right needle; insert point of left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together from this position.
 
 
HAT
With knitting needles and A, cast on 48(60) sts.
Work 6 rows in Garter st.
Next Row (inc): * K3, m1, k3; repeat from * across–56 (70) sts.
 
Begin with a p row, work even in St st until piece measures 4½ (6)" from beginning, end by working a wrong side row.
 
Shape Back:
Row 1: * K5, k2tog; repeat from * to end–48 (60) sts.
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: P even across.
Row 3: * K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end–40 (50) sts,.
Row 5: * K3, k2tog; repeat from * to end–32 (40) sts.
Row 7: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end–24 (30) sts.
Row 9: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end–16 (20) sts.
Row 11: * K2tog; repeat from * to end–8 (10) sts.
Cut yarn leaving long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull tightly to secure. Sew back seam for 2 (2½)" down from crown. Remainder is left open and becomes the lower edge of hat where the strap is worked.
 
Strap
With A, cast on 12(20) sts, pick up and k21(27) sts across left side base of hat, pick up and k1 st in seam, pick up and k21(27) sts across right side base of hat, cast on 12(20) st–67(95) sts.
Work 3 rows in Garter st.
Buttonhole Row 1: K2, yo, k2tog, k9(17), yo, k2tog, place marker, k to end.
Buttonhole Row 2: K to marker, yo, k2tog tbl, k9(17), yo, k2tog tbl, k2.
Work 3 rows in Garter st. Bind off.
 
Bear Cub Ears (make 2)
With A, cast on 11 sts.
Row 1: K5, k into the front and back of next st, k5–12 sts.
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: P even across.
Row 3: K5, k into the front and back next 2 sts, k5–14 sts.
Row 5: K5, k into the front and back of next 4 sts, k5–18 sts.
Row 7: K even across. Cut A.
Row 9: With B, k even across.
Row 11: K5, [k2tog] 4 times, k5–14 sts.
Row 13: K5, [k2tog] 2 times, k5–12 sts.
Row 15: K5, k2tog, k5–11 sts. Bind off.
 
Panda Cub Ears (make 2)
With B, cast on 11 sts.
Row 1: K5, k into the front and back of next st, k5–12 sts.
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: P even across.
Row 3: K5, k into the front and back next 2 sts, k5–14 sts.
Row 5: K5, k into the front and back of next 4 sts, k5–18 sts.
Row 7 and 9:  K even across.
Row 11: K5, [k2tog] 4 times, k5–14 sts.
Row 13: K5, [k2tog] 2 times, k5–12 sts.
Row 15: K5, k2tog, k5–11 sts. Bind off.
Finishing
Sew ear seams. Sew ears to sides of hat. Sew buttons securely opposite holes on strap. Weave in yarn ends.
 
MITTENS (make 2)
Cuff
With smaller double pointed needles and A, cast on 24 (28) sts. Divide sts evenly among 3 needles, place marker for beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist sts. Work 8 (12) rounds in K1, p1 rib.
 
Hand
Change to larger double pointed needles and work 4 (6) rounds even in St st (k every round)
 
Shape Thumb
Round 1: M1, k2, m1, k around–26(30) sts.
Round 2: K even around.
Round 3: M1, k4, m1, k around–28 (32) sts.
Round 4: K even around.
Round 5: M1, k6, m1, k around–30 (34) sts.
Round 6: K even around.
Round 7: Cast on 2 sts, place next 8 sts on holder for thumb, k to end.
 
Work even on 24(28) sts until piece measures 4 (5)" from beginning.
 
Shape Top
For Size 12 mos only
Next Round: [K1, k2tog, k8, ssk, k1] 2 times–24 sts.
 
Continue For all sizes
Next Round: [K1, k2tog, k6, ssk, k1] 2 times–20 sts.
Next Round: [K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1] 2 times–16 sts.
Next Round: [K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1] 2 times–12 sts.
Next Round: [K1, k2tog, ssk, k1] 2 times–8 sts.
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.
 
Thumb
K8 sts from holder, then k2 sts across cast on sts where hand joins above thumb–10 sts. Work even in St st for 1(1½)".
Next Round: [K2tog] 5 times–5 sts. Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts.
 
Finishing
With B, duplicate st paw pattern on palms of mittens according to charts below.
Weave in yarn ends. 
 

 

 
(4 Medium) STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller™ “Alpaca Love™” Art. T102 available in 3 oz (85 g); 132 yd (121 m) balls.
 
Abbreviations: A, B = colors A, B; dec = decrease; inc = increase; k = knit; mm = millimeters; p = purl; st(s) = stitch(es); St st = Stockinette stitch (k on right side rows, p on wrong side rows, or in the round k every round); tog = together; yo = yarn over; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified;* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.
 
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