Monday, March 27, 2017

week 4 of the 40 in 40 challenge 2017

This week I have some really fun hats for you, so let's dive in!

First up is this bright hat, called Only Just Born, available on Ravelry as a free download.  It uses Red Heat Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which is self striping and available in several shades from pastels to this bright colorway.  I modified the hat some to size it down for a more preemie sized project since I had a limited amount of this yarn left over from a hat that I made one of my sunflowers last year.  It isn't often that you see bright colorful hats for babies so I felt like this would be a great change.  I know you can't really tell from this picture, but the pattern itself is very textured making this a fun hat to work and to look at.

Next up is the Slanted Shell Beanie, available at EyeLoveKnots.  It is available in sizes newborn to 12 months and I worked this pattern up exactly as written in the newborn size.  I chose to use two colors for the hat but it is just as pretty when monochrome.  It while the shells add texture, they don't make it so feminine that this can't be a unisex hat, or even an adorable beanie for a little boy with some good color choices.  and if you can work a single crochet and a double crochet you can make this hat.

Another crochet hat for you, The Parker, which also happens to be another hat using a worsted weight yarn.  That means this whips up super quick.  Even better, the designer also offers a matching set of booties to go with this pattern!  It uses a very small amount of yarn so this is great stash busting pattern and also a perfect last minute gift.  It was designed for a baby boy, but I think you could definitely change the color and put it on a little girl as well.

This is an oldie but a goodie.  I made it last year for the challenge and came back to it again this year.  This crochet cutie uses a sports weight yarn and can be found on KnitPick.  It is called the Calming Baby Crochet hat.  Be sure when you visit the site that you click the download PDF link.  It will give you the option to join their email list, but that isn't necessary to download.  They also have an add to cart option if you wish to purchase the print pattern.  It is similar to the Parker above, only it uses half double crochet stitches instead of double crochet. 

Can you tell it's a crochet kind of week this week?  This little cutie is the Simply Elegant Beanie.  Another hat using worsted weight yarn and this one uses a big "I" hook.  That makes this another super fast pattern.  It utilizes some frost post double crochet decreases, which ups this on skill level somewhat, but a little patience makes this a doable pattern.  AND it is available in sizes preemie to adult!

And the final hat this week is the Elianna Puff Beanie, available in size 0-3 months all the way up to 3 years.  And this one also works up with worsted weight yarn.  I love these puff stitches and the gently scalloped border.  Definitely a very feminine hat. The puff stitches add some great texture and interest to this otherwise basic beanie.

And that's it for this week.  See you next week.

Until next time,


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