Thursday 18 April 2019

Knitted Baby Hat

I'm just popping in to show you my latest make.  Nothing else has been finished lately, hence the lack of posts.

I should have been getting on with the baby blanket, which is coming along nicely.  However, I was hit with a sudden desire to knit a baby hat!  I started and finished it yesterday - although did barely anything else all day, and didn't finish until nearly midnight.  Probably not the best idea this late in the pregnancy - I need my rest!

Years ago (about five years!), I won some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a giveaway run by Susan of Mary Jane's Tearoom.  I'd been saving it for a special occasion - and I figured my own baby was special enough!  I've never used this make of yarn before, and it was SO soft to work with - I'll definitely be using it again.  The little hat feels so lovely and soft.

Cute and easy knitted baby hat

The pattern I used was this one from Mack and Mabel.  (Thank you for a great pattern!)  I didn't have any circular needles with the right length cable, so attempted DPNs.  However, I seemed to get in such a muddle with them for some unknown reason.  I've used them before, but my brain was not computing yesterday!  I considered the magic loop method, but after wasting so much time on the DPNs, I decided it was not the day to attempt something new.  Conclusion, I knitted it flat and sewed the seam with mattress stitch.  (The pattern includes knitting in the round instructions, and knitting flat, which is handy!)

Cute and easy knitted baby hat

I'm really pleased with how it came out!  The seaming was a nightmare, though - I lost count of how many times I pulled it back and started again.  It was my first attempt at mattress stitch and it was late in the evening... eventually I cracked it and it looks pretty neat.  (I forgot to take a picture of the back with the seam, and I can't be bothered to heft my massive bump up and do it now, so you'll have to take my word for it!)

If I were to make another one, I think I would try to do it in the round on circular needles with the right cable length.  I think it would be easier that way and there would be no seam to sew.

Cute and easy knitted baby hat

I think it looks very cute, although I'm not sure whether it will fit the baby or not!  I have no idea what sized head she is going to have.  We'll just have to wait and see!


Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Baby Pink.

Needles:  3.5mm for the garter edge, 4.5mm for the rest.  This is bigger than the needle size called for, but I have a tight tension and was also knitting the preemie size so wanted it to come out a little bigger, but not as big as the 0 - 3 months size.  (Although, again, I have no idea what size my baby is!!)  And I didn't swatch - naughty!

Pattern:  Preemie size, knit flat instructions from here.

Check out my (very few) completed knitted projects here.

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  1. Of course Tabs is special enough! She will be the cutest baby this year in her new hat!x


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