Friday, July 18, 2008

Modified

In my search for new hat patterns, I came across an adorable baby hat that I modified to fit a 3-5 pound preemie.


Pattern: Cupcake Hat (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Worsted Weight Cotton/Acrylic
Needles: US 7

The yellow hat was worked per pattern, top-down through round 10. I then knit 4 rounds, worked the moss stitch band for 6 rounds and the ribbing section for about 2 1/4 inches. I'm not a huge fan of knitting a hat from the top down, so I reversed the instructions and made the pink one from the bottom up, casting on 54 stitches and using K2tog for the decreases. The original hat is embellished with several flowers, but I decided a single blossom with a button center was enough.


The next cute hat pattern I found is one of several free patterns from 20 Hats Project.


Pattern: Conehead Baby Hat
Yarn: Worsted Weight Cotton and Cotton/Acrylic
Needles: US 7

This pattern is great just as written, but I decided to make the top more pointy by knitting 5 rounds after the last decrease. I then added a sprout topper like the one Susan B. Anderson demonstrates here.

The pointy top and little sprout add a bit of whimsy to this hat. I get a grin on my face every time I imagine it on the head of a tiny baby.

19 comments:

  1. All these hats bring a smile to my face! I love the ones with the flower...too cute!

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  2. Those conehead baby caps are adorable. Love the cupcake ones too.

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  3. The little cupcake hats are so cute!

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  4. How creative. Last night at our knitting group we talked about charity knitting. One thing we decided on that if it is charity we need to knit in a size that won't tempt us to keep it. :) I let everyone know about hannah's knitters. We also decided to contact our local hospital to see if there is something we can do locally. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Okay I just added the pattern to my favorites love it love it. Oh I learn so much from you. I think I might be knitting up one or two of these next month :)

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  6. The hats are all so cute!

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  7. Love, love, love those hats!!! They are sure to bring a smile to the recipient's family. You rock:~D

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  8. You are so talented - these hats are so precious - and for such a good cause. The world needs more generous people like you.

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  9. Those are just too cute as usual. I know that Preemie Project is so thankful you knit for them. They get a nice variety of colors and really adorable hats.

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  10. Cute as a bug's ear!

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  11. As always, adorable hats!

    I agree that the sprout topper is the cutest.

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  13. The hats are adorable. I have seen the flower hat before. I think the colors you used are perfect. Nice work as always!

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  14. Those cupcake hats are very cute! And the sprout ones are certainly cheerful! They all look wonderful!

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  15. I love the cupcake hat and your patriotic hats too. Cute!

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  16. They're all so cute. I especially love the flowers, as an added touch.

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  17. They are all DARLING! I am especially anxious to make the cupcake preemie hats! :-)

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~Tracy