Free Knitting Pattern: Mini Waffel Hat

I recently knitted up this fabulous hat, the Waffel Hat designed by Anna & Heidi Pickles. You can see the adult version on their website here (along with dozens of other awesome patterns!). After finishing mine, I had some yarn left over and wanted to make a mini version for Harper. I just love the way it turned out, so I'm sharing my modifications to the original pattern - along with some possible customizations - here. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I will be sure to answer them as quickly as possible. Enjoy!

Needles: 16" circular - US 8 4 or 5 double-pointed needles - US 8 Tapestry needle for finishing

Yarn Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca - Andean Coal - less than half a hank (Any lighter-weight worsted will do)

Gauge 20 stitches = 4"

Size 3-6 months (pictured here on 3 1/2-month old)

Instructions

  • Cast on 80 stitches on the circular needles. Place a marker so you can see where your rounds begin and end. Join to knit in the round, being careful you don't twist your stitches.
  • Knit rib, K2, P2, over the 5 next rounds.

Knit the pattern like this over the next round. Don't get intimidated just by reading it! It's easy! Before you try it, check out Anna & Heidi's tutorial photos on their website.

Use an extra needle to work the pattern.

  • * Slip 6 stitches (2 knit stitches, 2 purl stitches, 2 knit stitches) on to the extra needle. Place the needle in front of your work. Wrap the yarn twice around the six stitches. Tighten a bit, but not so much that you´ll make holes in your work. Knit the six stitches (K2, P2, K2).  P2. *. Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Again, don't get intimidated! Before you try it, check out Anna & Heidi's tutorial photos on their website.

Moving on...

  • Knit a K2 , P2 rib over the next 5 rounds.
  • K2, P2 past your marker.

(The new round will start here. Every time you are about to knit the round of pattern (in other words, before the second and fourth row of wrapped stitches since it technically takes two sets of wrapped stitches to make a full waffle pattern), you will start 4 stitches into the next round to make the waffle-stitch in the correct way)

  • Knit one full round in the pattern like before.
  • Continue until you have done the fourth round of wrapped stitches.
  • Start decreasing right after the fourth round of the pattern. You can switch to DPNs at this time, or you can wait until you feel it's necessary (I didn't have to switch until the last round).

Round 1: * K2, K2tog, K2, P2* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Rounds 2-4:* K5, P2* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. (Note: the hat as shown in my photos does NOT have these three rounds. I thought the hat was going to be too tall. If I had it to do over again, I would put these three rows back into the pattern. You may adjust up or down here depending on the fit you hope to achieve.) Round 5: * K1, K2tog, K2, P2* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Round 6: * K1, K2tog, K1, P2* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Round 7: * K2tog, K1, P2* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Round 8: * K2, P2tog* Repeat from * to * throughout the round. Round 9: K2 tog, P1* Repeat from * to * throughout the round.

  • Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread a tapestry needle, and put it through the live stitches. Pull it tight and through the middle of the hat. Weave the end through the stitches inside the hat so it is invisible.
  • OPTIONAL pompom: I had a tiny bit of yarn left over when I finished Harper's hat, so I made a pompom and sewed it on top. There are several different ways to make different kinds of pompoms, so here's a video that demonstrates them:

Possible Customization

There is so much you can do with this stitch pattern, so the possibilities are quite numerous. The problem with this stitch pattern for smaller hats is that you have to begin the decrease right after a wrap row to make it look right...so, as the pattern is written, you have to decrease in approximately one-inch increments (since the five rows plus wrap row that forms each repeat is roughly an inch tall). You could reduce the number of rows in-between wrap rows - for example, wrap row then three ribbed rows instead of five ribbed rows - to scale down the pattern. However, I think the easiest and best way to add or decrease height from the hat (if you need to add or subtract less than an inch) is to do it in rows 2-4 of the decrease sequence.

Aaaaaaaand...

That's it! Easy breezy! Let me know if you have any questions.