Friday, April 9, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday - Baby Hats Part 2

I finished my first baby for adult hat this week.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

My next baby for adult hat is from the Algerian Action Blog.  I decided to make it out of a shiney black merino single and finish it off with a white satin ribbon.

The pattern calls for the hat to be made flat then sewn together.  I decided to knit it in the round, which means fewer purl only rows.  Which really means it's easier for me.  I'm not sure why, but those purl only rows are harder than the knit only rows.

The pattern is also written for a baby-sized head, smaller yarn and needles.  Therefore, I actually made a swatch.  I cast on 20 stitches and knit four rows.  The resulting swatch was five inches that stretched to six.

The hat band is in stockinette stitch, so I used 20 stitches per 5 inches to determine that 92 stitches should be cast on for a 23 inch circumference.  Comparing that to the pattern, I decided to cast on 93 stitches.  I'm anxious to find out how well I did on the sizing.

The only trouble I've had so far is that the eyelet detail became a purl row.  I'm certain I was not doing the "insert the needle into the diagonal" correctly, but I decided to make these knit rows since it was easier.

I'm about half-way complete.

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WonderWhyGal said...

Your first had is gorgeous and I love the hat you're knitting. I just printed the pattern and will add it to my hats to knit pile. I am eager to see how your modifications go because I would prefer to knit on the round too.

Allison said...

I love the texture of your finished hat. It looks soft and warm.

That black merino yarn is luscious. Please post the completed hat!

Kathryn Ray said...

I love the yarn that I used for the first hat... which is actually the third hat I've made from that yarn. The brand is "Sublime" and it definately is.

I have one more skein, so I guess one more hat is in order.

I will definately post the completed black hat. Hopefully next week.

jessecreations said...

OOh, I love that hat pattern with the ribbon; SO cute! I have added it to my Rav queue to make the next time I need a baby gift.