This time around, I thought I'd get creative with the hat. Since it was for a baby girl, I decided to knit a little ruffle for the brim. How hard could it be to figure out? Double the stitches, knit for an inch and then decrease. Easy. HAH!! My first attempt was going along fairly well, until I realized that I had way too many stitches. The hat would be huge, so I ripped it out and started over with fewer stitches. When I was almost ready to begin decreasing, I noticed a large hole right in the beginning. Since there was no way to fix it, I had no choice except to rip yet again. Third time should be a charm. I cast on even fewer stitches and this time I made it all the way to where I should begin knitting ducks. I managed to get three rows done before the yarns all tangled up with each other to the point that I couldn't even pull them apart. I looked at the mess in my lap, then I calmly picked up the hat, the yarn and my needles and threw them across the room! My poor husband who happened to be sitting with me, just turned his head and said "feel better now?" Actually, I did! LOL! I never have thrown knitting in my life, but it was actually a relief to just give up. A word to the wise, don't try to invent a pattern when you have a deadline to meet. I had wasted three whole days on this disaster!
At this point, I decided to just move on and start on some bibs.
Bib #2 was my Heartbeat pattern. I love this design. It always comes out cute no matter what color it's knitted in.
DW Washcloth . The bib was published in the 2009 Dishcloth Calendar. It also is in need of a serious update! I think it's good for me to go back and actually knit some on my old patterns so I can see what needs changing. Those old pattern writing skills were a little shaky!
So there you have it. All the baby presents for a shower I'm not even invited to. I told my mom she could take credit for the knitting if she wanted! She's almost 87 so let her have a little fun!
PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME FOR THE DUCK SWEATER PATTERN!!! As far as I know, this pattern is still protected by its copyright. I don't have any proof that the pattern is no longer available, but if you really want it, perhaps you could try contacting Sirdar. Ebay has a lot of vintage patterns and there are a lot of other companies that specialize in old patterns. If it was my own design, you know that I would share it in a heartbeat.