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Spiral Rib Hat

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Hat measures about 14" around and will fit a small baby. 
See below for how to adapt for other sizes.

I used DK wool  - about 50g
4.5mm dpns (a 12" circular would be OK for the main part)
Gauge - 5 sts = 1"

Cast on 72 sts and join into circle.
Work 12 rounds in 2/2 rib.

Work in spiral rib patt as follows:
Rounds 1-3: (k3 p3) 12 times
Rounds 4-6: p1 (k3 p3) 11 times, k3 p2
Rounds 7-9: p2 (k3 p3) 11 times, k3 p1
Rounds 10-12: p3 (k3 p3) 11 times, k3
Rounds 13-15: k1 p3 (k3 p3) 11 times, k2
Rounds 16-18: k2 p3 (k3 p3) 11 times, k1
Repeat these 18 rounds once

Shape top:
R1 (k3 p1 p2 tog) 12 times
R2 (k3 p2) 12 times
R3 (k3 p2tog) 12 times
R4 knit
R5 (k2 k2tog) 12 times
R6 (k1 k2tog) 12 times
R7 (k2tog) 12 times **
R8 (k2tog) 6 times
R9 (k2tog) 3 times
Work I-cord on remaining sts - I did about 2" then finished it off and tied a knot in it.
** If you don't want the I-cord you can stop at this point, draw up the remaining sts and finish off.

To adapt for other sizes:
The patt is in a multiple of 6, so you can adapt this to bigger (or smaller) sizes easily.
Cast on as many as you need and work the body as long as you want.

Variation
2-colour version
Instead of k3 p3, work * k3 colour A, k3 colour B*.

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Copyright 2001 Lorraine J Major
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