It has been a long while since I have had the opportunity to go back to what started my whole blog, which was making baby hats! I was thrilled at the chance to make another hat when I found out that one of my co-workers is expecting his first child, a sweet baby girl.
I’m really liking the look of a beautifully knit, simple baby hat, and I have been wanting to try a very large pom-pom as a surprising element in the proportions of the hat. I opted to go for a very simple alternating striped hat as the base: classic and timeless. I then added an oversized pom-pom to the top as a surprising and bold element to an otherwise conventional pattern.
I must say, when I finished the hat I thought “perfect!”. Then I finished the pom-pom and thought “woah, that’s big!” I had to giggle a little because I was so incredibly excited about the success of the pom-pom! After I made this hat, my daughters both found it and immediately tried to squeeze their large noggins into a newborn baby hat! Then they made me promise to make them their own hats, so I guess I got more than I bargained for! Anyways, I couldn’t be more excited for my co-worker and hope that this hat will keep his new daughter cozy and warm as this cold weather sets in!
So I have to begin by apologizing for being so terrible about keeping up with my crafting. I have not have a lot of free time lately, but I’m going to try and get back into it this year. Part of the issue is that I haven’t had a lot of time to browse and get inspired to make something new. However, when I see something that I want to try, it drives me to make time for it. Case and point, I saw this really adorable hat from Portlano and I thought maybe I could try and modify it.
Portlano Heart Hat
When I saw this, the wheels in my mind started turning and I thought I may be able to figure something out. I had a perfect opportunity as well since one of my co-workers recently had a sweet little baby girl and we just survived Hurricane Jonas here on the east coast. Done!
I still have winter white and lavendar yarn leftover from my previous knitting forays with fair isle hats so I just used the same yarn as it is relatively easy to work with, is very lightweight, and makes a very nice finished product. I did a mash-up of patterns that I got from a great blog here, combining the heart pattern and the stripe pattern. As always seeing the pattern unfold before my eyes as I’m knitting is always so much fun, especially since I seem to have a serious problem following patterns closely and tend to improvise. Every project is a new challenge! One thing I did grapple with was if I wanted to make heart pom-pom for the top, or to try and knit a heart like the original inspiration piece. I finally opted on a plain pom-pom, but I think that in the future I may try to make an over-sized pom-pom pom. We’ll see what happens!
I already had the pleasure of seeing my hat on the adorable new owner, which is always such a nice treat! Welcome to the world sweet baby, and I hope that you are toasty warm with your new hat!
If you recall from my previous post, I had knitted a beautiful little fair isle hat, one of my first knit-in-the round projects I’ve taken on. Unfortunately, due to the gauge of the yarn, the sizing turned out a little smaller than I had anticipated and I was thus not able to give this to my daughter to use in the future. However, I was determined after my first go, to do it again, but this time to make one that would fit.
I expanded the pattern I found by one additional pattern repeat from the toddler size and I also decided to do an inverse of the colors from the previous project.
I decided to add a pom pom to the top of the hat in lieu of the little loop that the patter calls for. I just love pom poms and I was trying to make this a little more roomy and “slouchy” so there would be a little extra length should my daughter need it. I added a little purple into the predominantly white pom pom to give it a little bit of a color balance.
As you can see from the front photo, this hat fits my daughter and seems to be stretchy enough and large enough to allow her to grow into it. She also, surprisingly, let me put it on her head and take a couple of shots of it before exhibiting her more common behavior of ripping it off her head and throwing it on the floor. Sigh…. I’ll take what I can get and hopefully she’ll be more amenable when the weather gets colder!