Friday, October 19, 2007
Four Hats, One Yarn
My knitting needed a boost this week and I could think of no better way to accomplish this than to knit for the little babies. There's a special feeling that comes from knitting for someone you will never meet, especially if that someone is a tiny preemie in need of a warm hat. All of these hats are size 1-3 pounds and will be donated to TPP Michigan.
I decided to use only one yarn (Red Heart TLC Baby) in one color (New Mint Sparkle) and one needle size (US 5). The challenge was to make each hat a different style. It turned into a game of sorts which added to the fun. I came up with four different hats this time, but I still have lots of yarn left so I may continue the challenge another day.
The first hat is a basic rolled brim worked in the round on 48 stitches. Here is a great pattern to get you started. I threw in a couple of purl rounds to add interest and worked the decreases differently. It's very easy to make this hat your own. Get creative with it.
This one is called Lacy Hat. I worked it flat on 54 stitches, repeating the four row stitch pattern six times.
It's been a long time since I've knitted a ribbed hat. They are great for preemies because they stretch to fit a variety of sizes and fit well every time. This 2x2 rib is worked in the round on 56 stitches. I didn't use a pattern, but you might like to try Bev's Baby Ribs Hat.
I did use a pattern for this one. It's Preemie Twinkle Hat. I knitted it in the round on 48 stitches, repeating the eight row stitch pattern three times. It was only when I was finished that I realized from the pattern picture that it was intended to be knitted flat. It was supposed to be garter stitch with an eyelet pattern instead of stockinette stitch with an eyelet pattern. Oh well, I'll try it that way next time.