Only the second week and I have already had a hat that just about did me in! Took me 3 days to make it!!! I love how it turned out though so it was well worth the time! Here are this past weeks hats and the links to make your own.
This is the Very Basic Baby Beanie designed by Janet D. Russell. It is available on Ravelry as a free PDF download here. It works up really quickly and the large ribbing area makes it expandable to last for many months.
And this is the one that almost did me in. It is called the Expanding Gnome hat and uses a mock cable pattern. I had never done a mock cable so I thought I would give it a try. With the small needle size and a new technique this was definitely a time eater for me. It was designed by Maureen Hefti and is another one of those patterns that should last for several months as it is very stretchy (unlike traditional cables). You can get the pattern as a free PDF download on Ravelry here.
This is Melinda's Ruffled Preemie Hat without the ruffles. Designed by Melinda Gorley it is sized to fit a 3-5 lb preemie if worked with a G hook and sports weight yarn. This pattern easily adapts larger by increasing the weight of the yarn. I obviously worked it without the ruffles since this one is for a boy. You can find the pattern on Bev's Country Cottage by clicking here. There is a pattern for matching booties on the same page.
And the last hat for week 2 is the Ribbed Preemie beanie designed by Hailey Redden. This one is available on her blog, Wee Robin. Click here to visit.
I have been tinkering around with my own knit hat pattern. It was inspired by a picture on Pinterest but I couldn't find a pattern for it anywhere. It was an adult sized pattern anyway. I hope to finish working out the pattern and share it with you soon.
If you are inspired to make some of these hats, please thank the designers for generously making their patterns available free of charge. Also, won't you make an extra one to donate. There are a lot of charity organizations that would love to give it to a baby. My favorite is God's Tiny Angels.
Until next time,