This hat was a special request by my friend Nick Tran. I based the design upon the Mario Hat pattern (posted on this blog on November 13, 2012). He requested a green brim, green and red flowers, and yellow stars on a blue background that would resemble a level in Super Mario. He also wanted a fireball pompom on the top. I dug in my stash and found the appropriate colors and got to work.
I based this pattern off the original pattern, but I paid more attention when I was decreasing and took much better notes. I altered the pattern after completing the hat by removing a row from the flower stem and the row between the flowers and the stars. This will allow more room to complete the star before decreasing. The next time I will make this hat, I will follow those instructions and document the result. The updated pattern can be found here.
Even though the stars are a little squished at the top, I really like the finished product. As with many of my patterns, you often must carry the non-worked color behind for quite a few stitches and it is essential to wrap that yarn around the worked stitch behind the pattern to maintain the stretch.
|Click here for directions for the original Mario Knit Hat|