Admittedly I’ve gone a bit overboard in the baby-hat-knitting-department. I’m not sure whether its because they’re just so little and adorable and take no time at all to knit, or whether its because for every hat I finish, I wonder if its the right size, material, pattern, etc and decide to make “just one more.” Just because. Just because I want this babe to have a fabu newborn hat – one that will keep her warm, fit her well, and be super soft on her newborn noggin. And I just keep knitting them. Hence the 5 newborn hats awaiting this babe.
My grand plan was to devote an entire week to the baby hat ridiculousness. Showing one hat per day. But I have to imagine I’d lose a few (well, all) readers if I chatted about baby hats for a solid week. Not even I want to to read about that many baby hats…
Aside from the fact that they’re just baby hats. How much is there really to say about each pattern?
That said, here’s the run down on all the hats…
Hat #1: Simple Newborn Beanie
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (leftover from this cardi). This was the teeniest hat pattern I could find. And knit up with a nubbily soft cotton, makes this the perfect coming home from the hospital hat.
Hat #2: Children’s Cotton Hats by Kim Hamlin
Yarn: Bernat Cottontots Ombres. This is my go-to gifted hat for new babies. While I’m not a big fan of knitting with cotton in general (cotton inelasticity = sore knitting hands), I do love this colorful, cheap, and all-important machine-washable choice. Only too fitting that I make one for my babe too.
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted. Leftover yarn from the “In Threes” cardigan I made the babe = a perfect excuse for a matching hat. Admittedly, this one looks a bit like a helmet, but I’m hoping once I get it on her head, it’ll all smooth itself out.
Hat #4: DK Baby Hat by Lorraine Bulson
Yarn: Sublime Organic Cotton dk. I had just gotten this lovely pale pink organic cotton at The Warm Ewe which fully justified another little baby hat, in my opinion.
Hat # 5: Welcome to the World Newborn Hat
And last, but not least, my fav. The babe’s Flower Power hat. Back when my mom was going thru chemo, I made her the most super soft hat I could imagine – Purl Bee’s Simple Pleasure Hat – made double stranded with Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I had just a smidgen leftover from her hat and figured what better use of some cashmere leftovers than a newborn hat. Because doesn’t every new baby deserve just a smidgen of silky cashmere?
I used the “Welcome to the World Newborn Hat” which created just the teeniest little hat. Perfect, in fact, in its teeniness. I love using non-traditional colors for babies, hence the blue here, but couldn’t resist throwing a pinkish-purple flower on this one. For the flower, I used Sue Thompson’s Knit Flower easy peasy flower pattern.
And with this last one completed, I am now done with the knitted hats. All the knitted hats. Because even I have my limits. And 5 hats for one small babe is just about it.