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Angel Lace Baby Cap

Seamless Version

Detail of angel lace

This cap is worked from the top down.

The yarn and needles I use will make a preemie-sized cap.
To make larger sizes, use thicker yarn and needles to suit.
Or you could work the increase rows a few more times, to give a larger number of sts. Each increase row adds another 12 sts, which is another pattern repeat, so no recalculation is required.
Refer to the notes at the end of the pattern re adapting the angel lace pattern stitch.
My cap is started with an I-cord bobble - see the notes for information. 


Materials: 25g (1 ounce) 3 ply baby wool (US fingering)
Add a small amount of a contrast colour if you want the two colour version.

Needles: 3.75 mm (UK 9, US 5)
Use one pair for the 2-needle cap.
Use a set of four double pointed for the seamless cap.

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
yf - bring yarn to front of work
yb - take yarn to back of work
pw - purlwise (move the stitches to the other needle without twisting them)
make bobble - knit into front, back, and front again of next stitch (3 sts from 1), turn and p3, turn and k3, slip first two sts over last knit st.
k2tog - knit 2 together
yo - bring yarn to front and over needle to make a stitch
ssk - slip next two stitches separately to right needle, slip left needle into them from left to right and knit them together.


Seamless Cap
Using set of four needles, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: (yo, k1) 6 times - 12 sts
Rows 2, 4, 6 ,8, 10: Knit
Row 3: (yo, k1) 12 times - 24 sts
Row 5: (yo, k2) 12 times - 36 sts
Row 7: (yo, k3) 12 times - 48 sts
Row 9: (yo, k4) 12 times - 60 sts
Row 11: (yo, k5) 12 times - 72 sts
Row 12: Knit

Work lace eyelet stripe
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: (yo, k2tog) to end
Row 4: Purl

Knit 4 rows

Work 14 rows of angel lace pattern stitch (circular version).

Knit 2 rows

Work 4 rows of lace eyelet stripe

Knit 6 rows

Work k2, p2 rib for 19 rows or until required length.
Cast off (bind off).


Angel Lace pattern stitch
I found the angel pattern in the book 'Socks, Socks, Socks' published by XRX Inc. 
Thank you to Darlene Joyce who contributed the 'My Little Angel' socks featuring this pattern.

multiple of 12 sts
Row 1: *K3, yf, slip 7 pw, yb, k2*, rep from * to * around
Row 2: Knit
Rows 3 and 4: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 5: *K6, make bobble, k5*, rep from * to * around
Row 6: repeat row 1
Row 7: *K6, slip point of needle under the 3 long strands and knit the next st, k5*, rep from * to * around
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: *K4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3*, rep from * to * around
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: *K3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2*, rep from * to * around
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: *K2, (K2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1*, rep from * to * around
Row 14: Knit


Notes:

Adapting the Angel Lace pattern stitch.
I have used a 12 st repeat for this version of the pattern, to fit the number of sts I have used for the cap.
The original pattern had a 13 st repeat. It is very easy to add extra sts between the angel motifs. Work out how many angels you want, divide that into the number of stitches you have, and just add extra sts at each side of the angels.

Two-Colour Cap
Work the 4 rows of the lace eyelet stripe in contrast colour 

I-Cord bobble
The cap shown has an I-cord bobble at the top. To work it, start the cap as follows:
Cast on 3 sts and work a few rows of I-cord**. 
Next row: Knit 3 sts, then knit up 3 sts from cast on end of cord.
Continue to work cap as usual.
If you are doing the 2-needle cap, knit up an extra st to give you the 7 sts needed.
**I-cord:
Use double ended needles (the shorter the better).
Cast on 3 sts
*Knit 3, do NOT turn work but slide stitches to the other end of the needle.
Rep from * for length required.

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Two Needle Cap

Copyright 2001 Lorraine J Major
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