Almost makes you wanna take up knitting...

Before I tell you all about Sunday at the Jazz Fest, here's a little tidbit for those of you creative types out there with a fetish for Princess Leia. (I know nothing about knitting terminology, so you'll have to research it yourself. Or ask your grandma.)

Free Pattern: The Leia Hat

"My inspiration for this pattern came to me one day while shopping in a sporting goods store. I saw this fabulous full length white down coat that reminded me of a Princess Leia outfit. I thought, wow, now that would look great with a knitted ‘wig’ hat. And so, Leia was born."

Misti Alpaca Chunky, 2 skeins
100% baby Alpaca
Color 436, heathered black
Polyester stuffing
US 10.5, 15” circular, and us 10 dpns
Tapestry Needle

3” = 9 ¼ sts (stockinette stitch)
hat will fit a 22" circumference head.

Using US 10.5” circular needle, Co 66 sts
Round 1: purl
Round 2: sk st
Cont in sk st until piece measures 5” long, begin decrease.
Round 1: dec every 7sts, k2tog, 11x, 55sts
Round 2 & All even Rounds: knit
Round 3: dec every 6sts, k2tog, 11x, 44sts
Round 5: dec every 5sts, k2tog, 11x, 33sts
Round 7: dec every 4sts, k2tog, 11x, 22sts
Round 9: dec every 3sts, k2tog, 11x, 11sts
Cut yarn and sew in ends.

Using US 10 dpns, Cast on 15 sts
Knit in the round for 23”
Stuff tube loosely with Polyester Stuffing as you go.
Begin decrease
Round 1: K1, K2tog, 10sts
Round 2: knit
Round 3: K1, K2tog, 7sts
Round 4: knit
Round 5: K1, K2tog, 5sts
Cut yarn and weave it through remaining sts. Pull tight, weave in ends. Coil tube into a bun shape, using the co end for the center of the bun. Sew coil together with excess yarn using a tapestry needle.

Repeat for the second bun.

Block the hat with a steam iron so the brim does not roll up. With leftover yarn, sew the buns onto the hat so they cover your ears using a tapestry needle.

This pattern is copyright by Ansley Davies and is intended for personal use only.

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