This hat was the very first hat I knit for my baby. He was born in April and so we didn't really need a hat until the fall. The little hospital caps worked just fine for the spring.
I purchased the yarn on my first solo-with-baby trip into Manhattan. I had been bitten by some sort of insect and went to see my doctor while carrying my son in the Baby Bjorn. This would come to be an unremarkable everyday occurrence, but after being home for three months I was so overwhelmed by the whole process of climbing the subway stairs and commuting in a rush of strangers once again.
After my appointment I went to School Products, a charming little yarn shop on the second floor of an office building. It's run by the woman behind Karabella Yarns, and I purchased some beautiful, sproingy Aurora 8 merino wool. I had never knit with such lush yarn before! The needles were size 7 Clover bamboo double points. The leaf was made from scraps of Blue Sky Cotton left over from a baby sweater I'd made for a friend, and the stem was knit with a bit of Koigu from the first socks I'd ever knit. I loved knitting little bits of personal and knitting history into this hat.
He first wore it to the pumpkin patch at our local Oktoberfest.
The pattern is Little Pumpkin from Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Knits. (Every pattern in that book is delightful.)
Oddly, the hat still fits my son, who is now 3.5. It was large on him then and small now, but we've eked four good years out of it!
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