February 2013 - Long Tail Cap for Toddlers
Toddler's Long Tail Cap-Mix
Materials: My sample of one strand of worsted-weight yarn, in Ultra Alpaca (example 2-navy), weighed about 70 g. My 2 strand samples (example 1-mix and example 3-pink) of fingering (held together), weighed about 80 g. total.
Needles: 3.5 mm. circulars, 16" cord and 3.5 mm. double-pointed needles to close in the top. A stitch marker is helpful.
Gauge: approx. 20 sts. to 4" or 5 sts. per inch. Adjust needle size as needed to accommodate personal tension and to produce preferred gauge. This gauge should produce a cap of about 18 inches circumference which has stretch, fitting toddlers of under a year on up.
Toddler's Long Tail Cap-Navy
With either one strand of worsted-weight yarn (Navy example) or 2 strands of fingering held together (Mix and Pink examples), and using the circulars, cast on 80 stitches. Join into a round and place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. Knit for approximately 5 inches, moving the marker along with each round.
Make your first decrease round by knitting 8 stitches, knit 2 together, around to the marker. Knit for about 1 and 1/2 inches.
Second Decrease round: knit 7, knit 2 together ...around. Knit for about 1 and 1/2 inches.
Change to double-pointed needles when desired.
Third Decrease Round: knit 6, knit 2 together...around. Knit for about 1 and 1/2 inches.
Continue decrease rounds with plain knitted rounds in this way until after you do the round in which you knit 2 together around. At this stage you can cut your yarn, leaving enough yarn to gather up the stitches, secure and weave in the ends with a large-headed sewing needle. An alternate ending would be to continue decreasing, knitting 2 together, until 4 stitches remain. Then you can do an i-cord ending by placing the remaining 4 stitches on one of the double pointed needles and with the second of the double points, knit as if on straight needles, but sliding the stitches from one end of the double points to the other instead of turning the work at the end of each row. Knit in this way for about 3 or 4 inches, then knit two together twice on the next row and once on the following to end up with one stitch. Cut yarn and with a needle feed the thread to the inside and weave in the end. With this tail you may tie a knot as a finish.
Toddler's Long Tail Cap-Pink
This is a fun project to do and the 2 strand method can be used to advantage by utilizing your sock yarn leftovers, while making a colourful cap for your little one.