Charlie's Car Cap, by Angela Haynes

Striped cap for cool weather. Knitted in the round with hanging “stop lights."This cap was inspired by my son Charlie’s love for car and truck buttons. He found them in one of the knitting stores he often haunts with me. He asked for a cap and this is what I came up with! My favourite part are the “stop lights”. They swing wildly when he runs or in a good gust of winter wind. He loves it! So do his school friends!

Skill Level

6-12 months (18-24 months, 3-4 years)
Finished circumference: 15.75 (17, 18.5)" / 40 (43, 47)cm

Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton (50% Cotton/50% Merino Wool, 122 yds/ 111m per 50 gm ball): 1 ball each Light Blue 204, Black 300, White 100, Orange 700.
Note: this yarn is discontinued. Recommended substitutes are Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Rowan Wool Cotton, and Plymouth Wildflower DK.

US 3 (3.25 mm) 16" / 40cm circular or set of double-pointed needles

Wooden car shaped buttons
Small plastic buttons: 2 each red, green, and yellow

Tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread

30 sts and 44 rows = 4" / 10cm in stockinette stitch

With light blue, cast on 118 (128, 138) sts, join for working in the round, and work stripe sequence as foll: 10 (15, 18) rounds light blue, 3 orange, 21 black, 10 light blue, 3 white, 10 (15, 18) orange. Cast off.

Stoplights (make 2)
With orange, cast on 6 sts and work in stockinette for 2.75 (3, 3.5)" / 7 (7.5, 9)cm. Switch to white and k 1 row. On next row cast on 2 sts at the beginning and end, using backward loop technique, for a total of 10 sts. Work even for 2" / 5cm more. Cast off.

Fold white portion of stoplight sections in half widthwise, wrong sides together, and sew top and side seams. Sew colored buttons on with thread for lights. Turn hat body inside out (right sides facing), pin stoplight cords inside corners, and backstitch top seam. With white yarn, work running stitch over and under every 3 sts in centre of black stripe for road markings. Sew car and truck buttons on the road.



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