Hats: 2-for-1 special!

Grumperina’s student writes, “The process of transcription is composed of initiation, elongation, and termination.”

Oh my God – so does knitting!!!

Guess who’ll been grading lab reports ALL. WEEKEND. LONG?

But, hello? How great were your suggestions to the babbling nonsense otherwise known as my last post? Thank you!

Seeing all the beautiful (and new to me) hat patterns out there gave me a pretty clear idea of what I want to knit for Ori, the older cousin.

   

From left to right (click on picture to be taken to corresponding pattern): Kate Gilbert’s Shining Star, Marnie MacLean’s Halley’s Comet Hat, and Lacy Bonnet from Knitting for Two.

No, I’m not knitting her the bonnet! However, the flower design at the crown of the head is similar in spirit to the other two, more grown-up versions. And I just love that!

Although Marnie’s pattern is free, I’m leaning towards Kate’s pattern because it offers more coverage and seems more appropriate for the winter.

I haven’t made a firm decision yet because the yarn I’ve chosen for Ori is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (color 006 was perfect for her), which has a different gauge from both Marnie’s and Kate’s designs. However, I have a feeling that if I use this thinner-than-recommended yarn and knit one of the bigger sizes, I’ll be all set. What do you think? Also, do you know of any other patterns with lacey stars/flowers at the crown of the head? Did I mention, I just love that?!?

For Sarit I’m going to try to design something on my own.

I had every intention of using DB Baby Cash for her hat, too, so I even swatched using some leftovers. However, at the yarn shop I fell in love with a particular shade of Rowan Cashsoft DK (#502), and so the plans had to be altered.

This is what I have so far:

I knew I had to add some ribbing because the edge curls otherwise (don’t pay attention to the cuff photo – that’s knit in the opposite direction so you’re seeing a bind-off edge, not a cast-on edge). I admit that I’m feeling quite smug for selecting a ribbing that blends right into the hat pattern – it wasn’t a happy accident, maths and swatching were involved.

I am adding pearly white beads, and so far there is no trouble in paradise, although I see two potential areas where trouble might arise: first, I didn’t swatch with this yarn. I swatched with DB Baby Cash and then took a guess about this somewhat thicker yarn. How big will this be? I need to knit a few more inches to find out. Second, I’m still a bit clueless about shaping the hat, although hints from readers have certainly given me some direction.

37 thoughts on “Hats: 2-for-1 special!

  1. paula

    Beautiful, Miss!

    I’m curious to see what you think about the Rowan Cashsoft DK vs. the DB Baby Cashmerino.

    I found there were slight differences. Not many, but the Rowan seemed to have slightly better stitch definition. But both yarns are equally great in my opinion.

    The Rowan does grow, though…so beware!

  2. Zarah

    The beaded hat looks beautiful, and I really like the flower hats you’ve chosen too. Knitting for babies/kids is so fun because it is fast, so it lets you be creative and make design decision on the fly. Have to rip? No biggie, it only took a few hours anyway!

  3. Erica

    I knit hats for all my nephews and nieces last year, just winging it. knit the hat until it looks deep enough to fit the head and cover the ears, taking into account any fold over you want for the bottom of the cap. Then decrease two, knit two, decrease two all around the hat, knit a row, decrease another round and keep doing that until you have two to three stitches, bind off remaining stitches together and pull tail to the inside of the hat.

    Good luck. Hats are fun.

  4. Dianna

    Thank you for the hat ideas! I am currently making chemo hats for a co-worker, and I really like the Shining Star for the cashmere I bought for the project!

  5. CatBookMom

    Telling you where to find info about knitting math is weird, but if you go to this part of Crazy Aunt Purl’s blog (http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives/2005/06/easy_rollbrim_k_1.php ) she has a simple example of how to set up the decreases. I haven’t used her method, but in reading her directions, they are quite like those I’ve found in other hat patterns. And yes, you’re going to have to publish your beaded spiral hat pattern!!

    I’m using Rowan Cashsoft 4ply to make the Embossed Leaves sock pattern from the winter 2005 IWK – my LYS has started a sock-a-long group on Fridays. Great group, and one of them knows your blog and thinks it’s wonderful for learning about knitting. The two of us are trying to get the others to become blog readers!

  6. Jen

    Not sure what size you’re making it for, but when I do baby hats, I divide the top into 7 or 8 sections (whatever the math allows), then do k2tog at each section end every other round, then when I get down to k2, k2tog, I just go right to the k1, k2tog round, then k2tog all around until only 5-6 sts left. This makes a nice flattened round top instead of a pointy one or a puckery one. For example my current baby hat (in DB baby cash) is 72sts around, so my first decrease row is k7, k2tog around (9stitches in a wedge, 9×8=72)

  7. Agnes

    I have only made one baby hat … Purly’s pattern … and the way to decrease and shape is similar to what Jen suggested. I believe it is something similar to the star-toe decrease in socks, just that you have more than 4 sections.

  8. Carolyn

    Looks great so far. I love that bonnet…I am always keeping my eye out for that book. I would buy it for the bonnet alone.

    What about the hat, sans the hanging thingies and crystals, from the handknit holiday book. I think it has a similar crown.

  9. Angela

    Are you planning to go from the top down? Because if you like the lacy look, that would work nicely–you could use yos for increases and work them into the pattern. I look forward to seeing your design. By the way, how was the knitting lesson with Annie Modesitt?

  10. Karen B.

    I’m a real fan of Kate Gilbert’s patterns. I have two of them so far – including Shining Star. Very clearly written.

    I also like the direction Sarit’s hat is headed (no pun intended). Color: lovely. Beading: perfect touch!

  11. Kenny

    You’re so good at adapting patterns. I’m having a hard time myself now even though it’s only a simple modified drop shoulder pattern. I am so frustrated.

  12. Rosemary

    Kathy, I knit Shining Star with a lighter yarn and a bigger size and it came out great! I really love the pattern, once you get past the tricky small-number cast on.

  13. Angela

    Sarit’s hat looks great so far and I give the Shining Star hat two thumbs up! I’ve knit two already and plan to make one for myself eventually.

  14. Isela

    I love what I see so far :). Just one quick ?, are the beads secured enough…I have always had a fear of putting beads on anything that is going to be worn by a baby/toddler.

  15. Laura Neal

    The bonnet is a favorite of mine, in fact you can see it on my blog, I chose sage green ribbons in lieu of the brown and I chose bakarole by Austermann instead of the wool cotton. I have done one in wool cotton and I must say, I prefer the bakarole better. It is like butter in the hand and oh, talk about a joy to knit with…good luck on your pattern!

  16. kimberli

    Yummy looking little number you’ve got there! You’ll easily be able to figure out the decreases with your maths skills!!! I’ll check back for progress photos! Cheers!

  17. Leigha

    I think that Knitty actually had a great hat in their Breast Cancer issue that I’m dying to make – the pattern is called Shedir. It might be an option for the older girl!

  18. Lynette

    The Rowan hat is a little beauty. Adding the beads is a glammy touch. Shining Star would be a good choice. Wish I was actually tall enough to see the design on someone’s head :-)

    I voted for your blog, good luck with that!

  19. Manon

    I started your Jaywalker sock and just LOOOOVVE it. Before I start fiddling with the pattern I wondered if you already had a version of it for mittens…

    Love the yarn you chose for the hats, can almost feel its softness!

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