After making the Newborn Hat & Mitten Set using straight needles, worked flat and then seamed, I remembered how much I don’t really like seaming and sewing, so I decided to make the same set again, but worked in the round (hence the name, Almost The Same). There aren’t many differences between the two patterns. Aside from using dpn’s for this version, the other major difference is that you will K the K stitches and P the P stitches to create the ribbing (opposite of the flat version), and then K every round to create the st st rather than K a row and P a row. Working this pattern in the round results in an ever-so-slightly tighter hat (but not enough, in my opinion, to affect the sizing- see the photo at the end of the pattern where I show the size difference).
(Almost The Same) Newborn Hat & Mitten Set
© Amanda Bryant 2018
Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby Softly Ombre lightweight (“3”) yarn (available in 4 oz, 377 yards skeins)- about a ¼ skein or 1 oz used for the set
4- Size 4 mm DPN’s (or you can use a 15 inch long size 4 mm circular needle, but I used dpn’s)
Stitch marker (for marking end/beg of round)
Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
Gauge: about 24 sts 30 rows (in st st)= 4 inches
Size: Newborn (0 to 3 months)
Finished Measurements: (unstretched) Hat- 10 inches circumference and 7 inches long. (Stretched) Hat- will stretch comfortably to 15 inches.// Mittens 4 ½ inches long (including cuff which is 2 inches long) and about 5 inches in circumference
Notes: This set is worked in the round. To make the ribbing, you will K the K sts and P the P sts.
Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):
CO- cast on
dpn- double pointed needle
K2tog- knit 2 sts together (decrease)
P2tog- purl 2 sts together (decrease)
Starting at the bottom edge of the hat, CO 84 sts. Divide these sts evenly amongst 3 dpn’s (28 sts on each dpn)
Round 1- (K2, P2) around (84 sts)
Repeat Round 1 for 6 inches
Round 1- (K2tog, P2) around (63 sts)
Round 2- (K1, P2) around (63 sts)
Round 3- (K1, P2tog) around (42 sts)
Round 4- (K1, P1) around (42 sts)
Round 5- (K2tog) around (21 sts)
Round 6- K around (21 sts)
Next- Leaving the sts on the dpn’s, cut the yarn leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, draw the yarn tail through the sts that are on the dpn’s. Remove the sts from the needle and pull the sts tightly closed and secure. Weave in ends.
Mitten Instructions (make 2):
Starting at the cuff, CO 24 sts. Divide evenly between 3 needles (8 sts on each needle).
Round 1- (K2, P2) around (24 sts)
Repeat Round 1 until the cuff reaches 2 inches
Making the hand:
Round 2- K across (24 sts)
Repeat Round 2 for 2 inches
Shaping & Closing the top of the hand:
Round 3- (K2tog) around (12 sts)
Round 4- K around (12 sts)
Round 5- (K2tog) around (6 sts)
Round 6- K around (6 sts)
Next- Leaving the sts on the dpn’s, cut the yarn leaving a long tail for closing the top of the hand. Using a yarn needle, draw the yarn tail through the sts that are on the needles. Remove the sts from the needles and pull the sts tightly closed and secure. Secure yarn and weave in ends.
This photo below shows the set with the hat unrolled.
Here is a photo of the size difference- The hat and mitten set on the left was worked in the round on the dpn’s, and the set on the right was worked flat using straight needles and then seamed.