Baby Hats

Baker Yarn

I loved the way this handful of things all matched. Yarn-corn nuts-knitting bag from my sweet friend-cozy couch - ahhh! I'm making yet another hat for a doula client and I'm using some more of the yarn I got from Skyline Yarns . The doula client is less of a "client" and more of a friend so I wanted to make sure to use something special. This is a worsted weight superwash 100% wool yarn. Machine washable wool is the best! It says to knit with size 7-9 needles and I am using size 8 circular needles. I cast on 68 stitches to start this sweet little baby hat. Knit 2 Purl 2 round and round we go! It is still under construction as I type. This yarn makes a pretty amazing pattern, look at that beautiful stripe.

Variegated Yarn

I'm of course doing my favorite pattern - the good old ribbed hat. I love how stretchy they are and it just seems like a little person can get a little bit extra use out of a hat like this - it will fit for longer. I wonder what Karen used to dye this yarn, she dyes her yarns with all natural dyes - maybe carrots? Whatever it was - it looks delicious!

The second hat I wanted to make mention of, I whipped up in a couple of nights. It was for my last doula client and her sweet baby - Claira Rain - she was born a month ago (with the rain on April 30th) and I actually used the same yarn I used for the other Clara's hat. It is special Skyline Yarn again but a bit lighter weight, sock yarn, fingering yarn.

Skyline Yarn Hat

This yarn called for size 3-5 needles. I used size 6 circular needles to knit this up. Same pattern knit 2, purl 2. I think I got a little bit slack when I decreased and closed up the top, I'll have to look back at my old patterns when I close the hat I'm currently working on. It still looks pretty sweet on baby Claira's head.

Claira and Ilsa Baby Claira

Look at that sweet little newbie and her pretty Mama. Knitting hats for new babies is quick and easy and so fun. I remember when my midwife knit a hat for Gussy while I was in labor, and it is one of my most favorite sentimental keepsakes ever. It goes on the top of our Christmas tree every year. Here is a photo of Gus in his baby hat 3 + years ago. Maybe some of the hats I knit will end as tree toppers? Who knows, what I do know is those babies will have warm little heads.

Gus Hat

Happy Knitting!

Gussy’s Hat Take 2

So I actually started another project before this one, but it isn't completed yet...since I was waiting for some double pointed needles to arrive in the mail. So you'll get to see two ribbed hats in the next couple of days.

Since August's first hat was a bit large, I decided I'd make him a hat just like Simon's only I let him choose his own colors. So he pretty much chose the same colors - just a darker blue than Simon. We used the same wool - because it is pretty near perfect. And we actually got some for a friend for her birthday because it is just so great to work with and soft and yummy. Gussy's Hat Start

So here we are in the very beginning phase. I used the same size needles - size 8 circular needles. And of course switched to double pointed needles at the end (also size 8). I knitted two colors together (as one) again, just like I did with Simon's hat. I just love the way Simon's hat turned out, I know it is warm and cozy and covers his little ears and I wanted the same for Gussy. So - why mess with success right? The wool I used was Shepherd's Wool Yarn made in Michigan. The colors Mr. August chose were Christmas Red (just like his big brother) and Cobalt Blue. Same pattern - knit 2, purl 2 all the way around. I cast on 80 stitches and the decreasing at the top was done the same way - I think? I knit 2 purled 2 until I had about 7 inches worth of hat then I decided to start decreasing. I decreased by purling my 2 purls together first and from then on just knit 2 together. I may have decreased more rapidly than I did with the first hat but it still turned out nice and tight at the top. I was debating putting a pom pom on top - but then maybe he wouldn't love his hat until the end of time.

Gussy's 2nd Hat

He told me "Kank you so much for my hat Mama" this morning at the breakfast table. Such a sweet little peach. I could eat him right up. He's been snuggling with it all day long.

Back View Ribbed Hat

Here is my sweet little peach's hat from behind. So you can sort of see the decreasing.

And just a couple more shots because I figured you couldn't get enough of what a cutie cakes he is!

August Ribbed HatAnother August

And finally I wanted to give you a taste of where my stash is at these days. Purl Soho had a sale so I got myself some new yarn, fun!

My Stash

Happy Knitting!