My sister is expecting a little girl in a few months and I have been looking for just the right hat to make for her.
I had already decided that I wanted to use this yellow yarn.
I made Duck Feet for her son out of it a couple of years ago.
It's a super-wash merino and super-cozy. I think baby-knits should generally be machine washable... I'm not a mommy, but I just can't imagine having to worry about hand-washing garments when you're looking after a newborn.
So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered this pattern by Chez of Monarch Place, in mid-November, on exactly the day I was wanting to start this project. :-)
Her pattern gave me the opportunity to practice casting on and begin knitting in the round on dpns... it went much better than the last time I tried.
Chez had mentioned that reversing the knit and purls for the heart pattern might be preferable. I didn't do it, but I think she might be right.... It doesn't matter though, I still love it.
The other thing I didn't do was use larger needles for the body of the hat. I don't have the recommended size, or really any size close to what she recommended so I just kept knitting with the initial size. I probably could have made some increases and added one more heart repeat, but I didn't think about that until later and did not want to rip anything out.
So in spite of me not following the very well written instructions, the hat turned out beautifully... and no one will know. Er, well they baby won't know, but my sister might know... now. Hi. :-)
Happy Fiber Arts Friday.