There are lots and lots of cute and simple baby hats out there. Here’s one that I made up.
Hat for 2-4 month old baby:
5mm hook, light weight yarn.
Rnd 1: ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from hook (6)
Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc 1 in first sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: [sc in each of next 2 sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (24)
Rnds 5-9: continue this pattern, increasing by 6 each round until you have 54 sc around
Rnd 10: sc in each sc around (54)
Rnds 11-23: repeat previous row 12 times (Optional: crochet rounds 15-16 in a different color)
Rnd 24: (For boy’s hat, omit this round and do one more repeat of Round 10) sl st into first sc, ch 3, dc 2 in same sc, dc 3 in each sc around (Optional: crochet this round in a different color)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
It’s so easy to change this pattern to fit any head or work with any yarn. Just add more or leave out some increasing rounds and even rounds.
I’m making a pair of booties for Baby.
They’re based loosely on this pattern, which I like because it doesn’t require sewing any pieces together or weaving in lots of ends. Each bootie is one string of yarn from start to finish (well, plus the optional drawstring or ribbon). And right now, anything I can simplify is great.
My baby has very long feet, so it took me two tries to get the sizing right, but the first bootie is finished.
Yesterday I finished up the light green baby blanket I’ve been working on. Still with a month to spare!
I thought a round, frilly border would be a good accent for this very geometric pattern, so I whipped up some shells around the edge. The border went so quick that I somehow felt I was cheating or being sloppy. I guess crocheting still comes easier to me than knitting.
I used size 6 (4.25 mm) needles with light weight yarn, so it turned out quite stretchy and light. Then I went and used some huge crocheting hook (size K, 6.5 mm) for the border so it would be as stretchy as the blanket.
It also makes a nice sort of wrap to wear.
Anyway, it has Pippin’s approval!
I’m itching to start knitting a new baby blanket. This may or may not have something to do with Camp NaNoWriMo taking precedence above all other creative endeavors this month.
When the crafting itch got bad a few days ago, I snuck out of Scrivener and opened a web browser. I looked around until I spied a neat pattern with alternating knit and purl sections resulting in an almost twill texture, and I thought, I can handle knitting and purling. But I want it to look even more like a twill weave than that.
So after some time in MS Paint and trying things out with the nearest needles and yarn to hand, I developed this pattern:
Ta da! Twill weave texture.
Here’s how I did it. Well, actually, here’s a diagram of a slightly more developed version of the above.
Dark = knit; light = purl–on the front. (The reverse side is inverted, also backwards.)
Now imagine this repeated across a baby blanket in super soft, light green yarn!
I’ve decided I can’t even pick out the yarn until after April, lest I irrevocably sabotage my word count. ‘Till then, I’m sticking to a strict diet of griffins and magic.