Friday, April 2, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday: Baby Hats

I love knitting hats.
  • They're relatively quick to make.  It takes me about a week to knit a simple pattern, if I'm able to work on it every night.
  • They're very portable.  Since I travel a lot for my day job, this is a major plus.
  • There are so many patterns to choose from.  Just do a google search for knit hats and see what I mean.
I've recently discovered that baby hats are interesting.  So I am modifying a couple baby of patterns for larger, adult heads.  My theory is that a more "sophisticated" yarn coupled with an interesting pattern should result in a cool hat that someone I know would like to wear.

I'm working on Anna's Flat-Toppped Hat by Knit with KT now.

I'm using an Organic Merino DK Single with #7 needles.  I cast on 84 stitches.

Check out what's going on with the other Fiber Arts Friday participants at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.


Dutch Hollow Acres said...

I never seem to get hats right. Always to big or too small for my head.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

Hats are fabulous like that, aren't they? Like you, I love how quick and portable they are - and, living in Minnesota, we spend a LOT of time in hats :)

Kathryn Ray said...

@Dutch Hollow - I had a lot of issues with sizing hats too and was given this advice a while back which has helped alot.

* Knit 18 inches for a measured 22 inches
* Plan for 20-30% stretch
* That's why knitting a swatch is a good idea ;-)

@Kate - I'm in MN alot. I love seeing the hats and scarves that ppl wear there.

AllyB said...

I like the stitch pattern on your hat. I find that hats can be addictive...almost instant gratification. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I'm so glad Andrea is introducing us all to each other.

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the small kid/baby hats too. I can knit them and not get frustrated.

jessecreations said...

I really have got to learn to knit in the round. I want to knit hats, too! You make it seem really fun ...


Kathryn Ray said...

@Jessecreations Go for it! The only real tricky part is to make sure the cast on is straight when you first stitch it together. Then you basically just keep on knitting. :-)