North Star {Knit Antique Pearl Hat}

This is the twenty-first post in my North Star November series….a soul centered discussion about depression.  Each day this month, I’ll be sharing a piece of my soul’s journey, along with a free pattern to thank you for taking part in such an important conversation!  Catch up by reading Day 20Skip forward to Day 22.

Probably THE BIGGEST lesson I’ve been learning along my journey has had to do with compassion. 

Woman on bed

Negative Inner Self Talk

Mostly self compassion.

Why are we so cruel to ourselves??

One of my STUNNING best friends, who recently had her second child, mentioned how she’s been feeling some body shame about her postpartum body lately.  I have to say…my jaw required some picking up off the ground.

This is a drop dead gorgeous blonde with all the right curves, a smile made of gold, and a soft and golden glow to her way in the world.  She’s as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.  Especially now with all her motherly awesomeness.  She deserves to feel that way.  I’ve always admired the tribe of warrior women she belongs to because they seem so centered and confident in their ways.

Yet here she was…telling me that she, just like me (just like most of us!), feels shame and experiences negative inner self talk about her body.

It was a poignant reminder.

Remember how we talked about core fracture wounds a while back??  This type of self shaming (we all do it!!) comes from false beliefs we started telling ourselves long ago.  Maybe even due to living in cultures that publicly display women in a certain ways.

Why do we still believe these beliefs today?  Have they ever served us well in the past?

hot air balloons in sunset

Compassion helps us let patterns go.

Comment and tell me…

What if instead we recognized that we’re all created of the same spirit?  That we all share similar weaknesses?  Like depression?  Or stretch marks and muffin tops?  Might this make us more compassionate people both to ourselves and to the people around us?

{Though I do try to check all comments here on my blog regularly, it is not monitored 24/7.  If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help!  This suicide hotline is available 24 hours a day to support you: 1-800-273-8255}

Let’s knit some lace….

I love lace and pretty stitch patterns to create beautiful textures in my projects.  My knit Antique Pearl Hat Pattern puts that love of texture into action.

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Antique Pearl Hat Knitting Pattern

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Antique Pearl Hat Knitting Pattern

Average Head Circumference Size Chart

Newborn/0-3 Months

13-15″ (33-38cm)

Baby

15-17″ (38-43cm)

Toddler

18-19″ (45.75-48.25cm)

Child

19-21″ (48.25-53.25cm)

Adult

21-22.5″ (53.25-57cm)

Materials

  • Yarn: Approximately 60 yards of worsted (4) yarn for smaller sizes, and approx. 150 yards for larger sizes
  • Knitting Needles: Size 5.5 mm (US9) (Or size needed to obtain gauge) Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or use the Magic Loop Method
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle

Gauge

9 sts and 12 rows = 2 inches (5 centimeters) in stockinette stitch

***It is important to check your gauge!***

Abbreviations

  • P5togM5: Purl 5 together (without dropping sts from left needle) and make 5 all in the same stitch.
  • See my video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuDTrs6BlM for an in-depth explanation of this stitch.
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • KFB: Knit the next stitch through the front and back (increase)
  • PSSO: Pass Slipped Stitch Over (decrease)
  • YO: Yarn Over (increase)
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • **: Repeat the section in between the two stars as specified

This pattern is written in US terms.

Newborn/0-3 Month Hat Pattern

Loosely cast on 72 sts onto Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method)

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit (Keep this round as loose as possible)

Round 2: *P5togM5, P1* Repeat around (72 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (54 total sts)

Round 4: *K3, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat around (54 total sts)

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat around (54 total sts)

Rounds 6&7: Knit

Round 8: *YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K4* Repeat around (54 total sts)

Round 9: K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat 15 more times, K1, K2tog, YO (54 total sts)

Rounds 10&11: Knit

Repeat Rounds 4-11 until your piece measures approx. 4.25 inches (10.75cm) in length from the cast on edge.  End on a repeat of either Round 17 or 11.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (45 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (36 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (27 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Baby Hat Pattern

Loosely cast on 78 sts onto Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method)

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit (Keep this round as loose as possible)

Round 2: *P5togM5, P1* Repeat around (78 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K4* Repeat 11 more times, K6 (66 total sts)

Round 4: *K3, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat around (66 total sts)

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat around (66 total sts)

Rounds 6&7: Knit

Round 8: *YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K4* Repeat around (66 total sts)

Round 9: K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat 15 more times, K1, K2tog, YO (66 total sts)

Rounds 10&11: Knit

Repeat Rounds 4-11 until your piece measures approx. 4.5 inches (11.5cm) in length from the cast on edge.  End on a repeat of either Round 7 or 11.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (55 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (44 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (33 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (22 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat around (11 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Toddler Hat Pattern

Loosely cast on 96 sts onto Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method)

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit (Keep this round as loose as possible)

Round 2: *P5togM5, P1* Repeat around (96 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K3* Repeat to last 6 sts, K6 (78 total sts)

Round 4: *K3, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat around (78 total sts)

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat around (78 total sts)

Rounds 6&7: Knit

Round 8: *YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K4* Repeat around (78 total sts)

Round 9: K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat 15 more times, K1, K2tog, YO (78 total sts)

Rounds 10&11: Knit

Repeat Rounds 4-11 until your piece measures approx. 5.25 inches (13.5cm) in length from the cast on edge.  End on a repeat of either Round 7 or 11.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K5* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (67 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K4* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (56 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K3* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (45 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K2* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (34 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K1* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (23 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog* Repeat 10 more times, K1 (12 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog* Repeat around (6 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Child Hat Pattern

Loosely cast on 108 sts onto Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method)

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit (Keep this round as loose as possible)

Round 2: *P5togM5, P1* Repeat around (108 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K2* Repeat 23 more times, K12 (84 total sts)

Round 4: *K3, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Rounds 6&7: Knit

Round 8: *YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K4* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Round 9: K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat 15 more times, K1, K2tog, YO (84 total sts)

Rounds 10&11: Knit

Repeat Rounds 4-11 until your piece measures approx. 5.75 inches (14.5cm) in length from the cast on edge.  End on a repeat of either Round 7 or 11.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (72 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (60 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (48 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (36 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog* Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog* Repeat around (6 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Adult Hat Pattern

Loosely cast on 114 sts onto Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method)

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit (Keep this round as loose as possible)

Round 2: *P5togM5, P1* Repeat around (114 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K2* Repeat 23 more times, K18 (90 total sts)

Round 4: *K3, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat around (90 total sts)

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat around (90 total sts)

Rounds 6&7: Knit

Round 8: *YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, K4* Repeat around (90 total sts)

Round 9: K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, slip the next stitch, K1, PSSO* Repeat 15 more times, K1, K2tog, YO (90 total sts)

Rounds 10&11: Knit

Repeat Rounds 4-11 until your piece measures approx. 5.5 inches (14cm) in length from the cast on edge.  End on a repeat of either Round 7 or 11.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (80 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (60 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (50 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (40 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (30 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog* Repeat around (10 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

 

 

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15 Comments On “North Star {Knit Antique Pearl Hat}”

  1. Margaret LeTourneau

    Thank you! you are a gifted designer

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  2. You are on to Something here. I find I am a lot happier when I look for similarities more then differences as well as when I stick with the winners. My gratitude list daily has been helping me a lot too. It’s getting cold here and sometimes the things I take for granted (like a coat and a car) are helping me to have compassion for others who do not.

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  3. Thank you. It’s a very cute hat.

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  4. Everyone was born unique and is beautiful in their own ways and this is what makes the world lovely!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely patterns with us! Thank you also for sharing your journey with depression. It is helping!

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  6. Thank you. Compassion for suicide. My son. No reasons. If only people spoke.

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  7. My doctor has been teaching me to treat myself as I treat others. It is HARD. All I can say is I’m trying. I am unquestionably my own worst enemy; the things I say to and about myself I’d never ever say to anyone else. I wish I’d learned to try this sooner but it’s never to late. And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you can’t teach a dog new tricks. I promise you, you can. ❤️

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    • Love this! It’s certainly hard to learn to retrain those thoughts, but yes – it is possible! Love that you’re learning to treat yourself better. I believe that’s where the healing journey really starts.

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  8. Melody, Thank you for sharing your journey.I’m 51 and have been a depressant since 16,i have lived and felt every word you have said and you are one who has touched me to the core. It’s a hard journey with amazing outcomes and insamountable strength we find to be true to ourselves and live the best life possible and show our children/grandchildren that there is nothing wrong with following your own heart.Melody.i’m sending u a long distance high five 🙌🏻 I hope the rest of your journey is peaceful and happy..Lisa

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    • Thank you so much Lisa! It truly means the world to know that what I’m writing here is touching others and making a difference. I really couldn’t ask for more as talking about these topics is my heart’s passion right now. Thanks for your comment!

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  9. It’s time for women & people to stick together, not tear each other down. Good for speaking out & sharing, and thanks for all you do.

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