Archive for August 22nd, 2008

Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labour done,

Then bring your gauges.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Aurora Leigh

I have completed the baby hat.

The circumference is 16 inches / 40.5 cm. It’s made to fit babies 6 to 12 months old.  The roll brim is done in garter stitch. I enjoyed coming up with the design. No need to worry about color jogs as I designed the colorwork so there are no jogs.

This hat was made in Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply but can be made in any fingering weight yarn.  One skein of 200 yds / 183 m of each color will complete the hat and the socks. The hat was knit on US 6 / 4mm 16 inch circular needles and one set of five double-pointed needles in the same size.

Skill level would be intermediate. Two-color stranded knitting as well as knitting in the round skills are needed. The pattern includes both a chart and written directions for those who don’t like charts.

The hat, can be purchased here. It comes in pdf form. If you would like the pattern for the socks that go with the hat, that’s a free pattern here.

The socks are sized for babies 6 to 12 months old.

For interest, try using a handpainted yarn in a complementary color from the main color yarn for the hearts and such. For example if I were using blue, I’d look for a handpainted yarn in yellows and oranges. A complementary color is the color opposite a color on the color wheel. The picture below shows what I’m talking about.

The background is a solid color in deep blue. I chose a hand painted yarn that had sage green, yellows, oranges and a very light orchid in it. I like the look of the handpainted yarns in color work. Experiment and enjoy!


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