Just finished my Golden Dome Hat.
The resemblance to the actual Notre Dame Golden Dome is uncanny, if I do say so myself.
This is a gift for new baby boy Curtin, due in August. Now, I know being born in August in Texas may make the hat a little unnecessary, I just couldn't help myself. It is to go with the Notre Dame Letterman Jacket, which is almost done (I just need to hit up the trimmings store for buttons tomorrow).
I originally was going to base the hat pattern on a fantastic ribbed hat I found online, but it just didn't decrease the way I wanted, so I guess this is an original pattern!
Worsted Weight yarn in White, Navy Blue, and Gold/Mustard Yellow
5 Size #4 dpns
Cast on 72 White
Divide onto 4 dpns (18 on each) and join
For the Base:
Row 1: K1 P1 rib around
Row 2: Attach blue. K1P1 blue, K1P1 white for 13 stitches, carrying the blue behind. [K1P1 in blue for 5 stitches (carrying the white behind), K1P1 white for 13 stitches (carrying the blue behind)] X3, P1K1 blue 3 stitches. (* For a graph of these instructions, see the image at the bottom of the page.)
Row 3: K1P1 in white around (do not carry blue)
Row 4: K1 white. P1K1 blue for 5 stitches, K1P1 white for 5 stitches, P1K1 blue for 5 stitches. [K1P1 for 3 stitches, P1K1 blue for 5 stitches, K1P1 white for 5 stitches, P1K1 blue for 5 stitches]X3, K1P1 white.
Row 5: K1 white, P1K1 blue for 7 stitches, [K1 white, P1K1 blue for 7 stitches, K3 white, P1K1 blue for 7 stitches]X3, K1 white, P1K1 blue for 7 stitches, K2 white.
Row 6: Knit all blue.
For the Dome:
Row 7: Attach yellow. Knit all yellow.
Row 8: (all yellow) [K8, P1]X8.
Repeat Row 8 for about 4--5 inches.
Decreasing: [Knit until 2 stitches before the Purl row, K2tog, P1, SSK] until there are two knit stitches between each purl row. (24 st)
[K2tog, P] around. (16 st)
K2tog around. (8 st)
For "Statue" . . . (this may be one of the most blasphemous things I've ever knitted)
K2tog around. (4 st)
Kfb around (8st)
On 4 needles (2 st on each needle), [Kfb, K1]around (12 st)
[K2tog, K1]around (8st)
K2tog around until 3 stitches remain
Change to Yellow
Make a 3-stitich i-cord for about 7 rows.
Cut and thread end through the stitches.
Embellishment of Base:
Using a crochet hook, do a chain stitch up and down the white triangles (are the gables? are they peaks? I have no idea). For this version, I threaded the yarn through the inside of the hat at the end of each gable.
I'm thinking the next one will have a folded bring with the embellishment on the "inside" -- we'll see.
* pattern graph (click for larger view)
Start at the bottom right; first white row indicates the cast-on row.