Jolly Stocking Cap Using Big Bad Wool Weepaca
Jolly Stocking Cap Using Big Bad Wool Weepaca
We had a lot of fun with the Jolly Stocking Cap. How could we not? From the stripey length to the tasseled tip—it’s a perfectly floppy topper!
We knit our Jolly Stocking Cap in Big Bad Wool's Weepaca. This light worsted-weight yarn is an incredibly soft half-and-half blend of fine, washable merino and baby alpaca. Keeping your wee romper in mind, this natural fiber was created to be safe for a gentle machine wash. And its traditional color palette—with a few juicy pops—provides so much room for play!
You can pick up the pattern in "The Free Pattern" tab and choose a fun colorway. The three-skein colorways below will work for any child size. Adult sizing information is available on the pattern download.
Newborn 14"/36cm (Infant 15½"/39.5cm, Small Child 17"/43cm; Child 18"/46cm). Note: adult sizes can be found in pattern download.
Instructions given for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses ( ).
For all child sizes: 3 skeins Big Bad Wool Weepaca (95yds/86m each): 1 skein each in 3 colors, designated A, B, and C. For our sample, we used Color A = Stop, Color B = Ashes, and Color C = Bleach.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) 16" circular and double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) 16" circular, or two sizes smaller than size used to obtain gauge.
7 stitch markers, with one in a different color to designate beginning of round.
Darning needle to finish.
20 sts/28 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round, on larger needles.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: Dec(d) = decrease(d); K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; P = purl; St(s) = stitch(es).
Edging: With smaller needles and Color A, cast on 70 (77, 84, 91) sts. Place different-colored marker and join in round, being careful not to twist. Purl 3 rounds (reverse stockinette stitch).
Body of hat: Note: You need not cut your yarns each time you begin and end a color; simply lift the color from the row below where it was waiting, give a gentle tug to set the size of the last stitch used in that color, and begin knitting with new color. Bring new color from behind prior color to twist neatly, being careful not to pull up too tightly.
Change to larger needles and work 7-round stripe pattern as follows:
Round 1: With Color B, knit.
Round 2: With Color B, slip first st purlwise (to reduce ‘jog’ in stripe); knit to end.
Round 3: With Color B, knit.
Round 4: With Color C, knit.
Round 5: With Color C, slip first st purlwise (to reduce ‘jog’ in stripe); knit to end.
Round 6: With Color C, knit.
Round 7: With Color A, knit.
Repeat Rounds 1–7 4 (4, 5, 5) more times; on last round place remaining markers every 10 (11, 12, 13) sts. [7 equal sections].
Decrease rounds: Note: On dec rounds, continue to slip first st of second round of new color as established. Switch to double-point needles when necessary.
Rounds 1-2: With Color B, knit. [No dec]
Round 3: With Color B, *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * to end. [7 sts dec’d]
Rounds 4-6: With Color C, knit. [No dec]
Round 7: With Color A, knit. [No dec]
In color sequence as established, repeat Decrease Rounds 1–7 until 7 sts remain, ending with decrease Round 3.
Finishing: Cut yarn; with darning needle, thread tail through remaining sts and draw up tightly; repeat for strength. Weave in ends on wrong side.
To block, soak briefly in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool wash. Gently squeeze to remove as much water as possible (don’t twist or wring). To remove more moisture, roll in a towel and squeeze gently, or run through spin-only cycle in machine. Lay flat to dry.
Tassel: Cut two pieces of Color A 18"/46cm. Thread one piece onto darning needle; set other piece aside. From skein, wrap yarn 25 times around four fingers held flat; cut yarn. Slip darning needle through wrapped yarn, even up tails and tie tightly with double knot. Wrap second 18"/46cm piece around tassel several times approx. 1"/2.5cm down from tie; knot securely and use darning needle to tuck ends down into tassel. Trim tassel to approx. 2½"/6cm making sure all loops are cut. Trim to even up ends.
Twist two tie ends in opposite directions (going with twist of yarn) until very tight; allow ends to twist back on each other for twisted cord. Sew tassel securely to point of cap leaving approx. 1"/2.5cm of cord to outside so tassel can dangle freely. Secure ends on inside.
COLORWAY: Canoe-Blue Eyes-Raw.
COLORWAY: Night Owl-Canoe-Bluebird.
COLORWAY: Mustard-Plum-Girly Girl.
COLORWAY: Orange-Fried Egg-Treefrog.
COLORWAY: Lilac-Pink Noses-Raw.