(Madison, WI, USA)
The main design feature on this sweet pixie cap is the upturned point at the back of the head, which lends a sprightly or gnomish twist to the basic bonnet. This hat is knit for warmth, and offers full coverage of little ones ears and back of neck on chilly days. It's knit out of a wool/silk blend for added softness against baby's skin.
Generally I prefer yarns with a little color variation for visual interest. Most times I opt for a monochromatic palate as I think that unifies a knit piece, but for this hat I used the varied Noro Silk Garden. I liked the changing greens and the silk in the blend. The skein was a gift from my brother. I used aluminum needles from Knit Picks in size 7.
I slightly modified a pattern from the book Vintage Baby Knits, by Kristen Rengren. The first modification was to adapt the pattern from fingerling yarn to worsted weight, which I did by knitting a swatch and modifying the stitch count accordingly. Secondly I changed the button band to horizontal garter stitch, and cast on the band rather than knitting it separately and seaming it on.
I *did* run into a problem knitting this hat. On a previous attempt I tried to adapt the pattern for a different weight of yarn, and didn't knit a gauge-check swatch. EEk! It was way too big. I ripped it all out, knit a swatch, and started over. :) All told it probably took a little over 2 weeks to knit up, and was a good learning experience.
The pattern has a really interesting construction: it's knit flat using increasing and decreasing ribs, then seamed. The under-the-chin-button keeps it pretty firmly in place, which is a must with a toddler! Overall, a really fun knit.