By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Anyone who knits can make these mini-hats in an hour’s time and they cost pennies because you use scrap yarn. These inexpensive Christmas decorations will become cherished family treasures for the tree for years to come. Use one around a bottle of wine for gift giving or make a string of them as garland to decorate a staircase or fireplace mantel. Wherever you use these colorful decorations they're sure to bring a smile of Christmas cheer.
Scrap medium weight yarn, 4 size 1 US (2,25) or size 2 US (2.75) double-pointed Needles 1-inch Pom Poms (sold in packages of 40 for $2 at craft stores)
- Cast 27 stitches on one needle and divide evenly over three needles, 9 stitches on each needle.
- For rows 2 through 14 work 9 stitches on 3 needles and complete to row 14. As you knit, the first rows of yarn will curl creating a nice rounded edge around the cap. Weave the tail end of the cast on yarn into itself and clip off to trim.
- At row 15 begin decreasing 1 stitch on each needle until 2 stitches remain on each needle.
Leave a 16-in. tail of yarn for the hanger and cut off from the yarn skein. Thread the yarn end on a darning needle and gather the 6 stitches together; then tie off at the top.
- Use the tail of yarn to make the hanger and add the pom pom. Pierce the center of the pom pom from the inside of the hat and bring the needle up to the top and then down to the inside of the hat leaving about 8 inches on the Pom Pom as a hanger at the top. Tie a knot to secure it on the inside the hat.