Crocodile is a slouchy hat inspired by Fred Marcellino’s “I,
Crocodile”, a popular book with my children. The vibrant,
scale-like watercolor image inside the back cover
instantly brought to mind the colors of NORO yarn and this hat
pattern was soon to follow.
The hat is worked top-down and stranded in a worsted weight,
so it knits up quickly. The colorwork doesn’t follow the
rules, but the wonkiness that results only adds to the character
of the hat. The wearer is definitely in for a good time! The
brim is unusual, with its use of seed stitch. Included in the
pattern is both an adult’s size and a child’s size,
each showing off the unique NORO vibrance.
This pattern makes for a wonderful introduction to self-striping
yarn. Even better, it’s a great way to use up that stash
of leftover NORO.
Rose, Ava photos: Helen
Rose, Bruce Rose, Jenn Stratton
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 18 inches Height: 8[9.5] inches Note: Measurements taken after blocking.
Ella Rae Classic Heather [100% wool;
219yd/201m per 100g skein]; color:
#124 Toast Heather; 1 skein [CC]
Noro Taiyo [40% cotton, 30% silk, 15%
wool, 15% nylon; 220yd/201m per 100g
skein]; color: #11; 1 skein
Note: 1 skein of CC was sufficient to do both child's and adult's hats.
[MC] Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain
Mohair [30% mohair, 70% wool; 140yd/128m per 57g skein]; color:
Day Lily; 1 skein
[CC] Noro Taiyo [40% cotton, 30% silk,
15% wool, 15% nylon; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: #11;
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #9/5.5 mm double-point needles
16-inch US #9/5.5 mm circular needle
16-inch US #7/4.5 mm circular needle
sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette st using larger needles,
NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Stitch (Worked in the round over
an odd number of sts): Round 1: [K1, p1] to last st, k1. Round 2: [P1, k1] to last st, p1.
Repeat these 2 rounds for Seed Stitch.
Seed Stitch Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of 10 sts): Round 1: [P1, k1, p1, k1, k6] to end
of round. Round 2: [K1, p1, k1, p1, k6] to end
Repeat these 2 rounds for Seed Stitch
Using smaller circular needle and MC, CO
72 sts. Position work so that beginning
of CO edge is at left needle tip, and end of CO edge is at right
needle tip. Ensuring that CO edge is not twisted, slip last CO
st to left needle tip, and knit it together with first CO st to
join round. 71 sts. Place marker to indicate begining of round.
Child's Hat Only:
Work 3 rounds Seed Stitch, decreasing
1 st at end of last round. 70 sts.
Work in Seed Stitch Rib until work measures
Switching to larger circular needle, shape hat body as follows: Next Round: *K3, kfb, k2, kfb;
repeat from * nine times more. 90 sts.
Work all rounds of Hat Body Chart; 10 sts of chart pattern will
be worked 9 times in each round.
Switching to double-point needles, work all rounds of Crown
Shaping Chart. 9 sts remain.
Adult's Hat Only: Next Round: [K2tog] five times, k1. 6
Break both strands of yarn. Draw CC yarn
tail through remaining sts and pull tight.
Weave in ends and block as desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Helen Rose is a pediatrician, wife, and
mother of four who lives in New Jersey. For
the past nine years, she has been knitting
garments for her children. She
expanded her focus to include knitted hats
a few years ago. Now that every known relative
owns a hand knitted hat, Helen recently
decided to turn her attention to design. She has catalogued innumerable design
ideas over the years and has finally launched her own knitting brand, NEED,
as a platform to develop them. NEED focuses on what Helen knows best; children's
apparel, baby garments, and hats.
When Helen is not working, caring for her children, or knitting,
she is usually
Her patterns are available at NEED on
Ravelry and in her Etsy store, NEEDdesign.
She blogs about yarn, her kids, yarn, and life here.