I finished these adorable hats just before heading off to Tennessee. Which was a good thing as they are for my friend Hekiknits in Australia who is expecting the arrival of her twins any day now. Talk about waiting until the last minute! My goal was to get them to her before the babies were born, so it’s a happy ending.
Yarn: Cotton Ease in Lime 194 and Violet 191, about 52 yards each hat
Needles: US size 6/4mm
Modifications: None. I just played around with the i-cord toppers as I have been known to do. The purple hat got a little bit longer i-cord which I tacked down to the body of the hat to create a loop.
This pattern came from a wonderful collection of hats for little ones by Woolly Wormhead. It was well-written and easy to follow, and the photos are adorable. There is something just a little bit different about these designs which really has me feeling inspired. I can see myself making several of the patterns for my own winter babe.
While there were plenty of great patterns to choose from, I thought it would be fun to make the same hat twice in different colors and with different tops. Then the twins would coordinate but not be too matchy. Since I don’t know their gender, it was also important to pick a style and colors that could adorn any baby’s head.
This yarn, Cotton Ease from Lion Brand, has been a great one to work with. It doesn’t block well or at all really, but it is machine washable and dryable. There is just enough stretch to it that you don’t feel like you’re knitting with rope, and the finished fabric is soft and supple.
I got overly excited about this yarn a while back and have about 10 skeins in different colors in my stash. Looks like I’ll be knitting plenty more things with Cotton Ease in the future!