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Newborn Long Tail Hat

by Ellen Kerkow
(Portland OR)

pictures by Erin Tole Photography

pictures by Erin Tole Photography

pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography

This hat was made for my second son to use for newborn pictures. I had seen some similar hats and thought "I can make that!" So I started knitting and made desicions as I went.

I used Malabrigo worsted yarn- my favorite since I made a hat for my older son. It is so soft and comes in so many beautiful colors. I used size 8 needles (size 7 for the ribbing)- everything I knit anymore is on size 8 (or bigger)... I knit a baby sweater on size 6 and it took way too long- bigger is better! I like bamboo or birch dpns because they feel warm and don't slip.

I always start with gauge, then multiply gauge by size in inches to determine how many to cast on. I usually have to add a few sts up or down to fit my pattern. For this hat, my gauge was 5 sts/in, my size was 14" around, and I ended up casting on 66sts.

The rest of the pattern is as follows:
Work 1x1 rib for 6 rounds
Switch to size 8 needles, work stockinette c/ stripe for 1 3/4"
row 1: K9 K2tog
row 2 & all evens: knit
row 3: K8 K2tog
When 6 sts remain per decrease, K 6 rows between decreases. Do this twice.
Next K 12 rows between decreases. Do this x4. Last section will be 3sts total, easier to K as icord.
End of tail is braid with knotted end & tassel

This hat was pretty quick to knit since it was for such a small head. I was having trouble getting it done though between working full time and taking care of my 2 year old- good thing the baby was a few days late!

Knitting for kids is fun and easy. I have had a lot more success since I statred writing all my patterns down so I can duplicate things easier- I have a little knitting book where everything is recorded. I usually don't follow standard patterns exactly, I find it's easier to determine my gauge and work from there, especially for hats, where there are only a few decisions to be made.

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Thank you for sharing. Need to get busy. Our youngest daughter is expecting their 1st baby and it will be a girl. She is going to love this hat!!

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