Baby Hipster Hat
by Julia Schilling
(Long Beach, NY)
Cassidy and Eli in their Hipster Hats
Elijah is wearing a hand knit hat with brim in two complimentary shades of green. The yarn is a baby alpaca / bamboo blend, which is incredibly soft! In this picture, he is being held by his older (half) sister, who is also wearing a hand knit hat!
The yarn is "Mirasol Qina" in 'sage' and 'jungle' which I purchased on yarn.com. They have a spectacular closeouts page with great deals! Knitted on size 7 needles. I typically purchase yarn that is on sale, especially when it is a specialty yarn like this! It allows me to try a variety of different yarns and fibers while staying within budget (which is hard enough when you can knit!)
I did not use a pattern, but based it on the brimmed hats Ive seen. I started knitting in the round, to a size that would accommodate my sons 15" (but growing) head, i started knitting the brim with a 2k2p rib knit, extended for 4 inches, later I inserted a soft plastic form for the brim into the extended rib section.
I actually purchased the yarn to make Eli a sweater. When I was done with the sweater I realized he would fit into it for only a few weeks more - and it was still hot out! So I took it apart and started on the hat , which went pretty quickly and gave me no problems. I would estimate I was done with it in two weeks - which, with a newborn baby to care for, is pretty quick!
This hat is perfect for the sort of winters we have on Long Island, it doesnt get TOO cold here - not for long anyway, but the winter sun reflecting off the water causes a glare. Babies need something to protect their eyes, and a brim on a hat is the easiest! When I bought the yarn, I was pregnant but elected not to learn the sex of the baby - so green was the best color choice!
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