R2 D2 Hat
(Please note that I am hoping I interpreted my notes properly...so this pattern as written has not been test knit. Please email me with any problems or if you make one!)
Yarn: Elann's Devon. One ball of each in navy(main colour), grey and white. Waste yarn for provisional cast on.
Needles: US #2 circs or double pointed needles (which ever you are comfortable with). Whatever size you need to get guage.
US#1 circs for the lining.
Size: 20" Youth - you could easily make it adult size by using a thicker yarn or adding a few rows and columns.
Gauge: 17 sts in 2" and 17 rows in 2" worked in pattern, in the round, after blocking.
Notes: The hat is knit entirely in stockinette stitch in the round. (except row #3 the purl row near the cuff). The chart is repeated 4 times per row reading the chart from right to left, except for the wording chart that is inserted around the 160sts.
*The red outlines indicate the chart I used from THIS SITE. Insert the R2D2 there. ( I have put in the feet to help.) I made the body white and the "head" of r2d2 in grey, this way working only 2 colours per row.
Stitches 35-40 (part of the "o" and the "u") in row 7-11 is the ending of the "May the force be with you" chart found HERE. Insert this 92 stitch chart in the red outlined area then knit the 2 stitches ( st 127 and 128 of these rows) after the chart in main colour and stitches 129-160 repeat the 5 stitch motif ending on stitch 4. I hope this makes sense...sorry.
Here is the 5 stitch motif:
Decreases: The decreases are worked every row started at row 67.
/ = k2tog
\ = ssk
With main colour, waste yarn and using larger needles, provisionally cast on 160 sts. Join in the round and place marker to indicate the beginning of the round. With main colour, start row 1 of chart. Switch to double pointed needles when needed, or just work magic loop.
When chart is complete, k2tog around. Cut yarn and thread the tail through the remaining stitches. **Weave in ends.
Remove waste yarn and place the stitches on size 1 needle. Join the grey and knit one round. Decrease the next round as follows:
K2tog, k8 16 times. 144sts.
Knit in straight st st until lining measures 2.25". Join main colour (navy) and knit one more round, leaving a 2 yard tail. DO NOT BIND OFF. I found it easier to now put those remaining sts on scrap yarn. Fold hem up and steam flat with and iron. Tack each stitch down to the inside of the hat. Wash and block.
* I am trying to avoid copyright problems.
**I recommend knitting in your ends (nona shows you here) as you work the chart.