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?
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