Thursday, 17 September 2015

Kicking Off Autumn Crafting - Knitted Teddy Hats

I love this time of year, I find it the most inspiring by far. Even more so since I've had children as their excitement for Autumn and of course, Christmas activities, really is infectious!

We've kicked off our Autumn crafts this week with Teddy Hats! 
My youngest came across one of the little hats from the Innocent Smoothie Bottles and decided to use it for his favorite teddy. Que all out war when my eldest clocked it and wanted one for his!....and then his whole teddy collection!

If you've not heard of the Innocent Big Knit Campaign, then it's worth checking it out. For the last couple of years devoted knitters up and down the country have been knitting miniature novelty hats to sit upon Innocent Smoothie bottles to raise money for Age UK. So far they have raised a over 1.7 million!
Once I've finished knitting for our Teddy army, I shall certainly be knitting up a few to send in.
You can find some fab patterns on their website that suit everyone from beginners to more experienced knitters. It's a fab cause and such fun, so get involved!

This is also a great little project for teaching kiddos to knit, it doesn't take long so holds their attention much better and they love dressing up their toys afterwards!

I adapted the basic pattern slightly for some of our larger teddies by increasing the amount of stiches to start and increasing the amount of rows.

Here is the pattern for a 20cm circumference teddy hat.

1. Using double knitting yarn and some 4mm needles, cast on 32 stitches.

2. K2 rows. Then, starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch
(Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row, repeat) for 20 more rows.
3. For the next row, K2 together across all the stitches (16 stitches).
And for the row after that, P2 together to the end (8 stitches).
4. When you’ve finished, cut the yarn leaving about 25 cm.
Thread the cut end of the yarn through a sewing needle,
then run it through the loops and remove the knitting needle.
5. Tighten the yarn. turn the hat inside out  and sew it together at the side.
Once finished, turn it right-side out so that the seam you’ve
just sewn runs up the inside.

6. Sew on a Pom Pom! 

You can find out all about making Pom Poms with our fantastic Pom Pom Makers here.

Happy Knitting!

Sarah x