Stella Pixie Hat

This wonderful hat was first brought to my attention on the Sew Liberated blog. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry, and I chose to follow Meg’s alterations to the neck band as I thought the tie close was cuter than the button close on the original pattern!

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This hat, particularly in the yarn I made it with is perfect for the cooler autumn and warmer winter days. Although being quite a thin yarn probably won’t cut it on bitterly cold winter days!

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I used Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK naturally dyed yarn in ‘Brazilwod’. This was my first knitting project and I had some help from my mum to get me started, including unpicking several lines when I seemed to keep adding stitches! I am happy to say that I know consider myself at least an experienced beginner. I learnt to knit, purl, cast on, cast off, graft seamlessly and create i-cord!

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Lily seemed absolutely thrilled with her hat and charged around the garden, it was a perfect “plane spotting” hat!

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This is by far my favourite photo (although it seems particularly obvious that I made this in the next size up so that it would ‘last’!) as it perfectly illustrates the pixie nature of the hat!

4 thoughts on “Stella Pixie Hat

  1. Menaka
    July 30, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Hello there,

    My name is Menaka and I am expecting a baby in November; I am knitting the stella pixie hat for her ( I have 2 boys and I’m hoping the third one would be a girl:P) but I’m stuck. I followed the following pattern at first:

    http://www.allcrafts.net/fjs.htm?url=www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby_pixiehat.html

    Then I came across this one when I was doing some research:

    http://www.fuzzygalore.biz/patterns/pixie.shtml

    According to the 2nd link, I ought to use kitchener stitch and I believe I know how to do it (thanks youtube) but here’s my problem. In this link (http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2009/how-tuesday-make-a-stella-pixie-hat/) the instruction states that “Rows 19-64 (70): Continue until 2 sts remain in the 2×2 Rib in the center of the hat”. Now I have knitted up until this part and the instruction says “Transfer first 49 (53) sts to spare needle, with point facing towards center of work. Using Kitchener Stitch (see Special Techniques, page 158), graft sts together, beginning at center of work”. I divided equal number of stitches into an extra needle but when I brought the 2 needles to join the sts, I realised that my working yarn is on the far end, not in the middle.

    I don’t know if I make sense but I could take pictures and email them to you. I really love the pattern and if possible I don’t really want to knit a different hat. This one is just so cute:)

    Could you please advice? Thank you.

    Menaka

    1. August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Hi Menaka so sorry it took me a long time to reply. I’m still a bit of a novice at knitting but I will try and help if I can. I used a different pattern but if you want to email me pictures I can certainly try and help. Stephanie

  2. Menaka
    November 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Hello there,

    Thanks for your reply. I have knitted the hat up until the last row and I am not sure how to go about after that. How do I transfer equal number of stitches to two needles so that I could graft together with kitchener stitch? I don’t have a picture taken yet.

    Menaka

    1. November 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Menaka, you just need to slide half of the stitches onto another needle. That way you have the same number on each needle and you can start to graft them together. Stephanie

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