Suddenly I’m in the midst of a baby boom. Not only are three friends pregnant – all three are expecting twins!
I’m determined to have a knitted gift for each one before they’re born, so I’ve decided to knit hats. Hats are useful all year-round. In summer, air conditioning gets cold, and in the winter, well, it’s even colder. And although hats are a popular baby gift, babies wear hats so often that it’s good to have a lot of them.
I’m using one of my favorite yarns for baby gifts, Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. It’s soft, machine washable, and comes in wonderful colors.
Here’s how I’m knitting the hats, if you’d like to knit one too:
WORSTED WEIGHT BABY HAT
one size, 14.5-inch circumference, to fit newborn to 6 month old
1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. Shown in Pickle (main color) and Honeydew (contrast color).
Size 6 and 8 needles, or size to obtain gauge
4.5 sts = 1 inch
With smaller needles, CO 64 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.
Work k2, p2 rib for 1.5 inches.
Switch to larger needles. Knit all rounds until piece measures 5 inches from cast on edge.
Round 1: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 : Knit all sts.
Round 3: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 5: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 7: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 9: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 11: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 12: *K2tog; rep from * to end.
Cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle and draw through 8 remaining stitches. Pull into center and weave in. Weave in cast on tail.
As you can see with the hat I finished, it’s easy to throw in stripes between the ribbing and the decreases. This is also a great way to use leftover yarn from other projects.