I love knitting and crocheting interesting hats. Hats that have personalities. They are even more fun to design and make than socks, because I do not “have” to make the second one if I want to. There is no recorded cases of “second hat” syndrome.
So when DS #3 decided that he wants to be a king for Purim, I knew right away that I will knit him a crown. And I did. Kids loved it, even his teacher told my husband how he was impressed by it.
Then someone suggested that making a grown up version might be a good idea too. So, of course, I had to do it too.
The crown itself is very simple to knit. And most of it is knit in garter stitch. First the top, consisting of the series of triangles, is knit flat. It should be slightly shorter than the head circumference of the recipient. We want the Crown to have a “negative ease”, this way it will not stretch out and slip down. After the top is long enough we will connect the first and the last row. Then stitches on the bottom are picked up and the circlet is knit in the round.
How to vary the size of the crowns.
The directions in this pattern are for a child size crown. It is very easy to make it as large as you want, just add another segment or two. On the other hand you can make a baby crown by using less segments. The important thing is to make a gage swatch of one triangle and compare it to the circumference of the head you are planning to crown.
I hope you will have fun knitting it and the lucky recipient will enjoy wearing it.
Skills you will need:
Provisional Cast On.
Three Needle Bind Off.
The first two are a must. And there are links to the video tutorial to the second two skills. But if you feel too intimidated by them even after watching the videos you can use your favorite Cast On to start the Crown and then simply sew the ends together. Still I would like to encourage you to be adventurous and try out new techniques.
Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull, color yellow #4504, Light Fingering Weight, knit double.
I only chose this yarn because it was handy and had the right color. You can use any DK weight wool or acrylic yarn.
Circular needle #6 US – 4.0mm for making the crown, and one more circular needle close to size 6 US, for picking up the stitches and doing Three Needle Bind Off.
1 Stitch Marker.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
K – knit.
Sl – slip a stitch.
K1M1 – Knit 1 Make 1 – an increase, accomplished by knitting first into the back part of the stitch and then into the front part of the stitch.
K2Tog – knit 2 stitches together – a decrease – K2tog – knit 2 stitches together.
5.5 stitches and 5 ridges (10 rows)per 1″.
Each triangle is 3.5″ long.
Child’s medium 17.5″ in circumference.
Since each triangle is 3.5″ long, all you need to do to adjust the size is to measure the circumference of the head you are planning to crown. Remember, we are going for negative ease, since we do not want the crown to hang on the “king’s” nose.
Knit Crown Pattern
With Provisional Cast On cast on 5 stitches.
Sl1, K2, K1M1,K1.
Row 3 and all odd rows.
Knit to the last stitch, P1.
Repeat the sequence of rows from Row 1 to Row 32 four more times.
When the crown is long enough unpick the Provisional Cast On. Put the live stitches on additional needle and do a Three Needle Bind Off to connect the live stitches from the first row to the live stitches of the last row. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough to weave in.
Pick up and knit the stitches from the bottom (straight) edge of the crown. Place the marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
For a child’s crown knit 10 more rows. For the adult crown knit 20 rows.
Turn your crown inside out. With a spare circular needle pick up the stitches from the first row you knit. Folding your knitting with the smooth, stockinette side on the outside, do a Three Needle Bind Off to connect the edges.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail and weave it in.
Wear it in good health!
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