Cable and Bobble Hat
Mr. C in his awesome hat.
This was one of many hats I knitted during my final weeks of pregnancy with my second child. Several years ago, I used the same pattern - Snuggly Baby Hats from the May 2004 issue of Interweave Knits - to make a baby gift for a friend. At that time, I was a fairly new knitter and I found the pattern to be pretty challenging. With about 5 more years of knitting experience under my belt, the second hat was much easier and quicker to knit.
The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and I ended up choosing Jaeger Matchmaker Merino - the yarn called for in the pattern. Although the yarn is warm and has great stitch definition, it is a bit scratchy, even after a good soak. If I were to knit this hat again, I would look for a softer yarn.
The great thing about this pattern is that it is complex enough to offer a bit of challenge but also simple enough to be quick. A great combination - good for beginners looking experiment with new techniques or for seasoned knitters who don't want to get too bored with simple baby hats.