Queenie and I have enjoyed the experience of collaborating on several projects. Of all of them, creating and maintaining a blog has been one of the most difficult. But I refuse to give up! I love avoiding things that I have otherwise neglected, ie. houseplants, housework, phone calls I don't want to return, etc. Also I hate enforcing deadlines on myself. In a word, I'm a procrastinator, one of the best!
So where have we been? What have we been up to? Well, Queenie had been busy with a family event that took place in May. Now that that is over, hopefully we'll see more of Queenie on the blog, sharing her experience as a beginning knitter.
I, on the other hand, have been quite busy doing....everything you can think of...including whipping up a simple pattern for a knitted baby hat. Monterey gets a bit chilly sometimes, so it's always nice to have something warm to throw on a baby or toddler's head. Here's the pattern, it is easy and ideal for beginners:
You will need:
Yarn: I used Ella Rae Chunky Superwash. Use any bulky yarn.
Needles: Cast on with size 9 circular needle-16"
Switch to size 10.5 circular needle-16", after ribbing
Switch to size 10.5 double pointed needles for decreasing
K2TOG: Knit two consecutive stitches together
Cast on 48 (54 for toddler) using long tail cast on. Being careful not to twist, knit into the first stitch to close the circle. Place marker.
Ribbing: K2, P1
Repeat ribbing pattern until ribbing measures 1.5 inches.
Switch needle to size 10.5 circular. Knit all rows for 3 (4, 5) inches. (4 inches for toddler size, 5 inches to make a slouchy hat)
Begin decrease, and switch needle to size 10.5 dpn after the first four rows. Make a note of which needle is the beginning of your row.
Row 1: K4, K2TOG repeat to marker.
Row 2 (and all even numbered rows): Knit to marker.
Row 3: K3, K2TOG repeat to marker.
Repeat Row 2 (switch needles here)
Row 5: K2, K2TOG repeat to marker.
Repeat Row 2
Row 7: K1, K2TOG, repeat.
Repeat Row 2
Row 9: K2TOG, repeat.
Cast off and weave in ends.
I made a matching poncho to go with the hat, using a pattern called Baby Gaga. The flower was my own pattern.
When gift giving, be sure to include washing instructions! Happy knitting!