Knit with Classic Elite Sprout, this little hat is pure organic cotton and sized for a brand new baby. It's perfect for our on again off again sunshine and rain, and it takes about 2 hours to knit. While my husband did comment on how my color choice makes the hat resemble a breast, I would argue that this makes it even more perfect for a newborn. If you wish to avoid that, a different color choice would be in order.
The only thing that might scare you off is that the whole thing is knit on double pointed needles. But wait! I have a little trick that makes it easy to get started. Plus, it's tiny, so there really isn't that much to complain about.
So, here's my trick. Knit a row straight before you join the whole thing on the double pointed needles. Then, you have a whole row of established knitting to work with so you can see where everything belongs. I find that this helps prevent twisting and makes it much easier to get started on the double points. Check it out.
First, cast on your stitches with a straight or circular needle.
Second, knit one row without joining.
Third, transfer the stitches from the straight needle to four of the double pointed needles. (Cup of coffee and crayon-enhanced table are optional.)
Finally, join in the round as you normally would.
Ta da! I use this method when I am casting onto double points for sleeves, too. I also like to do it when I am casting on a lot of stitches to help me join without twisting. It leaves you with a tiny one-row seam to close up at your cast on, but you were going to weave that in anyway.
I had hoped to have Dylan model for us, but she is a very busy newborn. As soon as I get my hands on her, though, I will get a photo for you. I made this same hat in Lumpy Bumpy when my baby was born. We have a few skeins of this fabulous wool left at the shop, and we will definitely be getting more in the fall. I promise to remind you of this hat then.
I skipped the i-cord on this version and just pulled the end through. The big fluffy bit of the Lumpy Bumpy just had to be left natural.
Here's the patten for you all. Go crank some out for back-up baby shower gifts!
Close Knit Tiny Baby Hat
by Leah Bandstra
Yarn: 1 skein Classic Elite Sprout (#4385 Dreamsicle)
Needles: US8 double pointed needles, US8 straight or circular needles (optional)
Other: Stitch markers, yarn needle
Finished Size: 13" around, about 5.5” tall
Gauge: 3.5 sts/in in stockinette
Cast on 48 stitches with your straight or circular needle.
Knit 1 row straight (without joining in the round). This extra row makes it MUCH easier to join in the round on the double pointed needles.
Slip stitches to four of your dpns, place marker for the beginning of the round, and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Purl 1 round.
Knit every round until you have about 3” from the cast on. At some point in here, you should place a marker every 8 stitches. It helps if your beginning-of-the-round marker looks different from the others.
*K to 2 stitches before the marker, K2tog. Repeat this all the way around the round.
K 1 round even.*
Repeat between the *s until you have 2 stitches left between your markers.
K2tog around the round, removing the markers as you come to them. You should have 6 stitches.
K2tog around again, so you have 3 stitches left.
Slide these stitches onto 1 dpn and work a few rounds of I-cord (I did 3). You can skip the i-cord if you don’t want the nipple effect on the top.
K3tog, and pull your yarn through. Weave in your ends, using the tail from your cast on to close up the little seam at the brim of the hat.
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