Sideways Garter Stitch Hat with Dahlia
1991, Revised September 2002.
This is a pull-on hat with several edging choices and an optional
"corsage" of 3-dimensional garter stitch leaves and dahlia-like
flower. The hat is worked sideways and is designed in sizes from premature
infant to lady’s large. I developed the original hat when I was taking
part in a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild public service project in 1991 to
knit premature infant hats for the University of Minnesota Hospital (all
preemie hats were knitted of acrylic with basic edging and no flower
From premature infant to lady’s large. Follow the table for a
choice of sizes, but feel free to adjust the yarn thickness and number of
wedges used to suit your taste. For example, for a hat with a turn-up brim
use thick yarn and large needles and work fewer wedges; for a hat without
a turn-up brim, use finer yarn and thinner needles and work more wedges
than you would with the thicker yarn. You can also make a hat fit a little
more loosely (to minimize "hat hair") if you work an extra
The basic hat is a beginner project. The flower, leaves, and brim edge
variations are intermediate skills.
the warmest hat, use an animal fiber yarn such as alpaca or wool.
Superwash yarn is an especially nice choice for easy care. For
premature baby hats that will be given to hospital programs, be sure
to check with the hospital for the fiber preferred (often cotton or
acrylic so it can be washed and sterilized with other baby
garments). Yardage varies from about 55 yards for a premature
infant (fingering weight yarn) to about 150 yards for the lady's large
(bulky yarn). The flower takes an additional 40 yards or so
(depending the thickness of the yarn you choose), and each leaf
requires about 8 yards or so.
NEEDLES: Depending on the size you
want to make and the thickness of yarn, you will need one set of
needles in size 5 (for smallest size), size 11 (for the largest size),
and intermediate size needles for intermediate size hats.
very critical and varies with every type of yarn. See table for the
suggested gauge information.
zig zag edging
slip stitch edging
top of 6-wedge hat
dahlia & leaves on side of hat
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