One of the only advantages of knitting is the fact that you can bring it anywhere. So, the fact that I have been a passenger for North Dakota road trips for 3 weekends in a row made it easy to start some new knitting projects! I have to give credit to my Crafty Cous' for encouraging me to bring my knitting on the first trip. I was reluctant to even open my bag given that I hadn't opened it since last winter and I knew I had probably 3+ unfinished projects still on needles. Ugh, how depressing! Buuuut I strongly trust and admire my Crafty Cous' ;-), so I listened and grabbed the bag, and am so glad that I did! I found a long lost knitting book (Knit Knack Kit by Kris Percival) in the bag and tried a super cute new pattern!
I gravitated towards this pattern because I have wanted to learn to knit a hat, but I am afraid of knitting in the round. Crafty Cous' says that I shouldn't be, but if I can put off learning how to knit in the round a little longer, I am going to take that option. So for this cute little baby hat you actually knit a rectangle and seam up the sides. This gives the hat the little points or ear looking things on the top! So adorable!
You will need:
1 skein soft wool or acrylic worsted weight yarn
1 pair size 8 needles (straight or circular)
stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next row...)
weaving in loose ends
1. Cast on 24 stitches leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later.
2. Work in stockinette stitch until the knit piece measures 12 inches (newborn to 3-months) from one unrolled end to the other.
3. Bind off.
4. Fold the knit rectangle in half so the right sides are facing each other and the rolled edges are at the bottom.
5. Sew the two sides together, using yarn & yarn needle.
6. Weave in loose ends.
(Note, the picture shows different color stripes, but the pattern does not give directions for this.)
On the red hat I decided to add yarn poms to the corners. To make them I wrapped yarn around a fork and then tied the ends around the middle (between the middle spokes of the fork). Then I snipped the two outside loops. If that is confusing if you google yarn poms I am sure you can find some directions. They are very simple. Then I tied the long piece that goes around the middle of the pom through a couple of stitches in the corner of the hat.
SEWWWW easy!! ;-) I can't wait to give these little buggers to the next little buggers joining our group of friends ;-) Here is another picture of the actual hats I made in the 28 hours I spent in the car the last 3 weekends....and, no, the two hats did not take me twenty eight hours...it's the end of the trimester and I had a TON of tests to grade!!