Pattern: See below
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerion, Silver color way
Needles: size 6
There's a baby shower this weekend. I won't be able to go because I'll be headed to a knitting retreat for a few days of knitting and visiting with friends that I look forward to seeing each year. But I can send a little bit of "me" to the party—something I've knitted just for this baby.
So I set aside the big project I've been working on for weeks. Only three inches to go. Right now it looks like a big lumpy pile of yarn. When it's done and I've completed the finishing process, it will be a different creature altogether. At least that's the plan.
Yesterday morning while pulling out knitting to pack for the retreat, I found a single skein of gray yarn. I knew the mom-to-be had chosen gray and navy for her baby boy colors. So I stopped the white knitting and cast on a baby hat. And I was done before supper. These quick projects are just the best. They are like the bite of sorbet served between courses as a palate cleanser. Adult hats are quick, but it's only the baby hats I can make in an afternoon.
I make sure that for babies—actually, for the new mom—that I choose a yarn that isn't fussy. I like the ones that can go into the washing machine. I do lay them out flat to dry, but that's easy enough with a tiny little hat. My current favorites are Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK.
It's the most basic pattern. So basic that experienced knitters could make it without a pattern. Here is what I do:
DK or Sport yarn
Size 6 needle, both a 16-inch circular and a set of DPNs
Cast on 72 stitches. Join. Knit in the round for 5 to 5-1/4 inches from cast on edge.
K2tog, K6 around to marker
K2 tog, K5 around
K2tog, K4 around, etc
(Switch to DPNs when you need to.)
When there are 5 stitches left on needles, knit I-cord for about 6 rows. Work two K2tog to leave 3 stitches, then cut yarn and run tail through those 3 stitches. Take yarn down through inside of "stem" and work in the yarn end.
I just realized as I typed out these directions that I didn't exactly follow what I wrote this time. This was a car knitting project yesterday and I didn't have the pattern with me. And the hat is still okay. I love that kind of pattern.
Today it's time to get back to the big project. How fabulous would it be to finish it before I leave for the retreat? If I do, will I be brave enough to take it for show and tell? I don't know yet. Surely don't want to risk anything that could happen to it. But I'll admit I'd love to show it off to a group of knitters. If I sit here long enough writing, maybe I won't be quite done and I won't need to make that decision. :-)
Today is the first full day of spring. Yesterday felt like spring. Today feels more like winter again. I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind!