A Mind (and Hat) of Her Own

Peaceful Baby has always been so good about wearing her mama-knit hats.  She patiently sat still while I tugged some wool onto her head and fussed with its positioning before heading outside to play or go for a stroll.  Those days are changing, however.  Sometimes a hat stays on and she hardly seems to notice, and others it comes off almost immediately.

What’s a mother to do?  Knit her a hat with a chin strap, I say!  Is it clever or mean?  Either way, the results are adorable.


  • Pattern: Stella Pixie Hat, from Vintage Baby Knits, available free here (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino, 1 skein (175 yards fingering weight)
  • Needles: US size 3/ 3.25mm
  • Modifications: I knit 2 inches of the strap, picked up stitches from the reverse stockinette edge of the hat, and then knit rest of the strap directly onto it.  Mostly this was to avoid seaming. I sewed on two buttons for more adjustment options.

I cannot say enough great things about this pattern.  It is one of those magical knits where things don’t quite make sense until all of a sudden the path becomes clear and you know exactly where you’re going.  This pattern does that, and it’s still a very easy knit.  I knit the larger size and was happy to see that the ribbing makes it nice and stretchy; it should fit all winter.  Another bonus of all that stretchiness is that I can leave the strap buttoned and just pop the whole thing over her head.

I was able to knit this hat with just one skein of sock yarn.  I’m wishing now that I wouldn’t have broken up a 2-skein “set” of Koigu and used one of my loner 50g skeins instead, but I was worried about running out of yarn.  Now I know, and I can make more wee hats from those orphan skeins!

That little pixie point just gives the hat so much spunk and charm.  I think I’ve said this before, but I firmly believe a baby hat should have a little something fun on top, and this definitely fits the bill.  So it’s a great pattern that yields cute results with minimal yarn and effort, and yet that’s not even the best part; she hasn’t been able to pull it off her head!  Yet…

My next mission is keeping those little hands warm, but I fear PB will toss them aside on our first outdoor adventure.  What’s the clever solution here?  Mittens with a cord I can run through her coat? Socks on her hands? Tiny fingerless gloves?  D you have any ideas for keeping toddler hands toasty?


I am thoroughly enjoying reading all of your lovely comments on my last post.  Thank you for taking the time to write.  I would encourage you to go read through the comments as people are being very insightful and generous by sharing their stories.  Also, feel free to leave a comment even if you aren’t a knitter or aren’t interested in the giveaway; I’m interested in why you all craft and enjoy reading blogs!

8 thoughts on “A Mind (and Hat) of Her Own

  1. That hat is adorable on your beautiful baby! I hated those cords on mittens when I was a kid, but with my two I found the clips were pulled off easily and almost immediately. So, my girls always had a crocheted cord to keep the mittens with the coat. They didn’t, however, guarantee the mittens stayed on…just less likely to be left on the road somewhere. Good luck with yours! 😉

  2. oh wow. I never tire of her adorable little face. She’s just lovely and I think the hat is genius. i wish I’d done that for Alice over winter because I think she’s kept a hat on maybe twice in her 20months.

  3. What great pictures of beautiful peaceful babe! I especially love the 1st pic- so sweet! Your fingers sure have been busy! I received my package today and I am totally in love w/ the sweet vest and awesome pants… Thank you so very much! AND I am going to make my appt. for my preggo massage- I REALLY need it! Miss you tons…. Hugs, Jessica

  4. So cute! If you need another hat, I totally recommend the Toasty Topper Hat from knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTtoasty.html) – works up quick and there’s just enough length to tie the hat on and tuck the ends into a jacket. The Lorax wore this and never fought me on taking it off. She has worn it for the last two winters – I am hoping to get one more winter out of it! As far as mitts go – I think for the little ones you are best with thumbless mitts (like the ones Jenn made for Peyton or these: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mittens-4). The lorax was able to wear these and still play with a dustpan to help “shovel”. when it snowed.

  5. I love this hat! And her pink coat ; ) DH mentioned that she just keeps getting cuter! Jackson is starting to leave hats on now, but I don’t have any handmade ones. Just a bear hat with ears!

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