Photo by Brian Buscemi.
I think I was the only little girl, ever, who wasn’t crazy about horses. Sure, I had horse models like all the other little girls, but they were really just for my Barbies to ride. I’m still not crazy about horses. Yes, they’re majestic and all that, but something about an animal that’s so big it could kill you accidentally, casually. . . yikes.
Ponies, however, are another story! I love ponies, those stocky little peasant fireplug counterparts to the snooty, leggy, blue-blood equine crowd. I was too old to actually play with My Little Pony, but I still think they’re awfully cute. This variation of the Giddyup! Pony Hood is a tribute to the candy-colored big-eyed toy ponies. It uses dk weight yarn (instead of worsted) at a smaller gauge to make a somewhat smaller garment; otherwise, the pattern is unchanged. And of course, we skip the bridle and make it in friendly pastels.
Child’s M (L)
Where no parentheses are used, instructions/quantities apply to all sizes.
[A] 2 balls Knit Picks Merino Style (50g, 123 yd, 100% Merino wool), Petal
[B] 1 hank Knit Picks Sierra (70% Wool, 30% Superfine Alpaca; 110yd; 100 g), Natural (or sub about 50g chunky yarn from your stash)
1 set 1″ D-rings, plain or with rhinestones
4″ = 14.5 st in stockinette st with 2 strands A
US 9 (5.25mm) needles
J crochet hook
Note: All M1=invisible increase
With 2 strands A, CO 48 st.
Rows 1-5: Sl 1, *K1 P1 to 1 st from end; K1.
Row 6: BO 18 st knitwise, knit to end—30 st.
Row 7: BO 2 and K to end of row—28 st
• All increases are invisible M1, placed 1 st to either side of marker on even rows.
• Count stitches after increase rows: Row 2—32 st; Row 4—36; Row 6—40, Row 8—44; Row 10—48.
Row 1: Sl 1, K2, P6, PM, P10, PM, P6, K3.
Row 2 (and all even): Sl 1 K to 1 st before marker, M1, K2 (slipping marker), M1, K to 1 st before marker, M1, K2 (slipping marker), M1 K to end.
Row 3 (and all odd): Sl 1, K2, P to 3 st from end, K3.
Row 11: Sl 1, K2, P42, K3
Row 12: S1 1 K47
Repeat last 2 rows 3 (5) more times.
Row 1: Sl 1 K2 P42 K3 CO 12—60 st
Row 2: K60
Row 3: K3 P42 K 15
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 two more times
Work 2 (6) more rows in stockinette
Row 1: *K2tog K4 repeat from * to end—50 st
Row 2: (and all even rows until Row 11): Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog K3 repeat from * to end—40 st
Row 5: *K2tog K2 repeat from * to end—30st
Row 7: *K2tog K1 repeat from * to end—20st
Row 9: *K2tog repeat from * to end—10st
Row 11: *PK2tog repeat from * to end—5
Break yarn, leaving 12″ tail.
With yarn needle, run yarn through 5 remaining live st, then seam forehead and weave in end.
Slip D-rings through short nub end of collar, and sew nub down to inside.
Cut a few different lengths of Yarn B, hook them onto the crown and back of the hood, and see what length suits you. I used longer for the center, and a row of shorter fringer along the front and sides of the mane
Then, using a piece of cardboard cut to size, wind and cut Yarn B to desired length for a mane. With a crochet hook, fringe hood from crown to collar. Start with one row along the center and work outwards until you achieve your desired mane.
Ears (Make 2)
Row 1: Sl 1, K to end
Row 2. Sl 1, P to 1 st from end, K1
Repeat rows 1 & 2
Row 5: Sl 1, K2, ssk, K2tog, K3—8 st
Repeat Row 2
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, twice
Row 11: Sl 1, K1, ssk, K2tog, K2—6 st
Repeat Row 2
Row 13: Sl 1, ssk, k2tog, K1—4st
Row 14: P2tog, ssp
K2tog, break yarn, and pull through.
Sew to top of hat on either side of mane.
©2006 Nikol Lohr & naughtyneedlesknitting.com
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