Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just Ducky!

My hairdresser, Tina, recently asked me if I would be willing to knit a baby hat for a little girl.  She needed a gift and thought a baby hat would be perfect.  Hmmm, let's see.  Do I want to knit for a little girl?  You betcha!  My problem was trying to decide which hat to make.  At first, I thought I would just go for my standard little berry hat.

This is such a sweet little hat and knits up so quick.  It's a free pattern on Ravelry called "Berry Baby Hat".  It's also available here.  It uses worsted weight yarn, like the Cascade Superwash 220 pictured above.

I knew Tina would like it, but I also had this ball of Crystal Palace's Mochi Plus in "Baby Face" that I thought would be cute and why not give her a choice?  The problem was finding just the right hat.  Ravelry came to the rescue again with Sharon Mooney's "Just Ducky" hat pattern.
I love, love, love this pattern.  It's my new favorite!  The brim is ribbed so it will stretch as baby grows and that ruffle is just too cute.  I did modify the top of the hat.  The pattern calls for it to be purled and so the decreases are obviously purled too.  I decided to knit the top instead.  Also, the original pattern has a "ball" on the top and I decided to do an I-cord loop.
It looks so much cuter in person, trust me!  Sharon sells the pattern download on Ravelry for $4.00 and it includes instructions to make some matching booties, which is more than reasonable, in my opinion.  The hat pattern alone is worth every penny!  I first discovered her patterns on ebay a few years ago and always found them to be very well written.  I've knit quite a few of her designs over the years, so I was delighted to come across her again.  The fact that she is also a nice person is just a bonus!

Remember the owl mitts from a few posts back?  Well, I've redeemed myself with the other two boys.  Here are the latest ones to roost in Connecticut:
Oh, guess which hat Tina choose?  Both!! Wouldn't you?


Kathy... said...

Oh, such darling little hat! Love them both, but that striped one is just so special!

I received my Nemo yarn today. Figures - it's supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow. Perhaps he won't be so picky next winter.

Beate said...

How nice hats you make!!
First time here at your site;)
Have a nice day from Norway;)
Hug from Beate

Anonymous said...

I also love the berry baby hat pattern. What yarn do you use? See the ones I've made on my ravelry page. My username is 72alliw. I also just designed my first knitting pattern which is also a baby hat- called the Elfin Baby Hat which is available on Ravelry for free!

<3 Willa