So, it’s a month until Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate frustration, disappointment, and the reminder of crushed dreams than with a Valentine’s hat? Festively pink skulls combine with bleached-pale hearts to symbolize your true feelings.

 

Dead Heart

Dead Heart

DEAD HEART

Sizes: Small to average adult woman’s head (20″ completed circumference), average to large adult woman’s head (21.5″ completed circumference).

Gauge: 14 rows and 10.5 stitches = 2″

Needles: Size 5, 16″ or 20″ circular and DPNs (or just DPNs if you like that kind of thing)

Yarn: Cascade 220 in black, dark pink, light pink, and cream.  Approximate yardage is 100-115 or so yards of black plus 15-20 or so in the three contrast colors. (In other words, you could get 2 hats out of one hank of black– MAYBE. I had 3 INCHES of black yarn left over after making this.)

Ribbing:

Cast on 104 (112) and join in circle. Work K2 P2 ribbing for 11 rounds.

Optional step: When finished with the ribbing, work 1 round purl. This makes a nicer fold line to turn up the ribbing.

Body:

Work 11 rounds plain stockinette in black.
SKULLS:

Begin chart with black and cream. Work X’s in cream  and .’s in black. Chart repeats 13 times around head for smaller size, 14 times for larger size:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
. . X X X . . .   11
. X X X X X . .   10
X . . X . . X .    9
X . . X . . X .    8
X X X X X X X .    7
X X X . X X X .    6
. X X X X X . .    5
. . X X X . . .    4
. X . . . X . .    3
. . X X X . . .    2
. . . . . . . .    1

HEARTS:

Begin chart with black and light pink. Chart repeats 13 times for small, 14 for large:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
. X . . . X . .
X X X . X X X .
X X X X X X X .
X X X X X X X .
. X X X X X . .
. . X X X . . .
. . . X . . . .
. . . . . . . .

Repeat skull chart with the dark pink and black.

DECREASING FOR TOP:

Small size ONLY: PM, K2 tog, K 16, PM, K 17, PM, K 17, PM, K2tog, K 16, PM, K 17, PM, K 17. Total 102 stitches remain. 

Large size ONLY: PM, K2 tog, K 17, PM, K2tog, K17, PM, K18, PM, K2tog, K17, PM, K2tog, K17, PM, K18. Total 108 stitches remain.

Both sizes: K2tog after each marker. When 6 stitches remain, bind off and run yarn tail through, or graft stitches together. 

 

Hat comes halfway down the ears.

Hat comes halfway down the ears.

 

 

Block hat as desired and sulk enjoy!

 

Waiting for Susan B. Anthony's birthday (2/15) and discount chocolate!

Waiting for Susan B. Anthony's birthday (2/15) and discount chocolate!

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