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Though it does have pictures in it.

(You probably thought I’d forgotten how to write a post that wasn’t Project 365-based, didn’t you?)

finished
Hat, on my hand

crown
Looking at the top. Yay decreases!

This hat as written will fit small newborns, and the seedstitch stripe pops out a bit from the stockinette body, which is where the Baby Halo title comes from. (I am highly original.) I invented this hat for wee Elena (in a day!), and I’m pleased to say that her parents (and grandpa) loved it! Hooray! I’m putting the pattern (such as it is) up here for free. Print as many copies as you like for your own (or a friend’s) use, but please don’t sell it or sell the hats you make using this pattern, or I’ll be forced to put a Swedish curse on you.

on the Baby Waggie
This hat is Elena-approved!

Baby Halo Hat
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton (worsted weight) – small bit of Yellow (608) and a little more of Blue (sorry, that skein did not come with a color number!). I don’t have exact weights/yardages, but both required so little yarn, the yarncakes are almost intact.
Needles: 4.0mm / US 6 double pointed needles & 5.0mm / US 8 double pointed needles
Size: To fit a small newborn head. Elena was just under 7 pounds when she was born, and this hat is just a bit smaller than other hats I’ve seen in worsted weight for newborn head sizes.
Make it:
Using 4.0mm/US 6 dpn and Blue, CO 66 sts using the knitted cast on method. Join, being careful not to twist.
Work k2 p2 ribbing for about 1 inch.
Change to 5.0mm/US 8 dpn and work 3 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Change to Yellow [without cutting the Blue yarn — you will carry it up the work by twisting it with the yellow yarn at the beginning of the rounds] and work 1 round in stockinette stitch*. On next round, work k1 p1 (seed stitch) around. Continue working seed stitch around for approximately 2 inches.
Change to Blue and work 3 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Begin decreases:
Decrease Round 1: *Knit 10, k2tog* repeat from * to* around
DecRnd 2: Knit even
DecRnd 3: *K 9, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 4: Knit even
DecRnd 5: *K 8, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 6: Knit even
DecRnd 7: *K 7, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 8: *K 6, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 9: *K 5, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 10: *K 4, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 11: *K 3, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 12: *K 2, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 13: *K 1, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 14: *k2tog* repeat from * to * around
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Weave in ends and present the hat to happy parents.

inside crown
inside look
A look at the innards

must work on carrying the yarn
Carrying the blue yarn up while working with the yellow yarn was kind of challenging. Apparently I figured something out by the end of the yellow stage, but I don’t know exactly what I did. I am so very helpful.

seedstitch stripe

* On the hat in the pictures, I didn’t work the first Yellow round in st st, and I think it would have looked a little cleaner if I had.

If you have any questions or problems with this hat, let me know!

Edit: The part of this blog that has said “My Patterns” for like 2 years now, without any actual patterns? It has patterns now, including this one. I plan to keep putting my little patterns/hacks in there!

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Not all of my time has been eaten by the house.

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Hurricane Hat, modeled by our lovely and enormous aloe plant, named Chuck Norris. That’s right. Chuck Norris.

I did have time to knit a tiny baby hat for Henry, who will join his parents (our good friends) in the air-breathing world sometime in September.

Want more details? My Ravelry project page, the pattern.

It went superfast and only took about 23 grams of fingering weight yarn. Amazing.

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The hat in progress. It’s so tiny!

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I think I prefer knitting to massive home projects, overall.

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Recap

It’s been a busy few days here at House of HookOn, purchasing and riding bikes, attending a wedding reception and bonfire, almost attending another bonfire, and cleaning out the garage/organizing the basement.

Three-day weekends rule.

Now I have such a drive to get going on more things, like knitting for my three friends who are due in September (and who are all expecting boys, which is going to be way fun), and putting up art in the living room and in my office. Energy is so much fun to have.

Before I get to all that I thought I’d recap the Violet Stripe Cardigan experience, although I don’t really want to think about the first attempt at the button band and my epic failure, so it’s just this:

Button

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by F.Pea / Ravelry link / My project page

Raglan increases

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Banana, Peridot & Prosperous Plum

Sleeve with cat
Man, screw those bamboo dpns. Not nearly pointy enough.

Hem

Needles: 4.0mm / US 6 and 3.5mm / US4

Decreases

Modifications: Many. I used smaller yarn and needles so had a finer gauge than called for in the pattern, so I made the 2-3 year old size, with the assumption that it will fit the baby at 12-18 months. I did not try it on a baby to see, having no baby immediately to hand. The stripe sequence at the yoke was shorter, only one repeat of colors, but I added a stripe sequence at the bottom of the cardi, mostly because I was getting incredibly bored with knitting stockinette stitch in the Wisteria color. I also changed the way the stripes were added; in the pattern the color change is made on the wrong side, giving a really rustic look. I wanted something a little more tailored, but still interesting, so I chose my very favorite stitch pattern: seed stitch.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

How Long? Amazingly, this project took me 11 days. Eleven. Apparently I can be awesome and get things done on time if I really want to.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

What did I learn? I learned how to pick up stitches for a button band, how to knit a top-down raglan sweater (this is my first completed sweater of that type), and how to attach a button loop (self-taught, it may come apart in the first washing of course). This was a really good pattern, very clear, and I plan to knit it again, maybe like the original. It’s really versatile and open to a lot of experimentation.

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This past weekend we went to Kentucky to visit the new baby girl (and her parents) for whom I made the blindingly pink baby blanket. We had a blast.

We left about 1:00pm on Friday, and made our way through the city and onto I-65 south. This is a deceptive highway, lulling you into complacency with its straightness, making you think that your drive will continue to be easy-peasy. And then you hit Indianapolis. Bastards with evil brains devised the freeway naming and exchange system, and vicious evil bastards came up with our directions (Dear Rand McNally, I want 40 minutes of my life back please. Love, me.). It didn’t help that NinjaHusband remembered a way through the city that was different from the one on our directions, and it didn’t help that when we followed the directions (get on 465 and stay on it for 21.3 miles till you find 865) we discovered that there is possibly a wormhole in the middle of Indianapolis. Because it didn’t take us 21.3 miles to find 865. It took us maybe 3 miles. Maybe the directions were wrong, but I choose to believe that within the confines of the Indianapolis city limits lurkes a benevolent wormhole that channels innocent travelers immediately to their destinations. And how can I get one to move in between us and Chicago.

Anyway. We got to Lexington in good time and got to our friends’ house and met Miss O. for the first time.

Mother-Daughter
Mom A. and Baby O., sitting on a porch in downtown Lexington. Look at those cheeks!!

Miss O.’s parents loved the baby blanket I made, and the word on the street is that she likes it too. Of course, I have no pictures of her actually with the blanket, because that wasn’t the point. The point was to take pictures of the tiny new baby.

Laugh lines

However, Miss O. decided to smoosh her face into the chest/shoulder/arm of whoever was holding her.

A natural
Husband holding baby. Right now, the hottest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Including Dominic West half-naked in an episode of The Wire.

M and O
This one shows her face a bit better, and she looks just like her dad. Our friend M. has beautiful hair, which O. loved to grab in her sleep.

After we sat and chatted we walked home. Miss O’s mom was feeling sore, so I carried the baby. Seven-and-half pounds doesn’t seem like much, but after a walk of a mile or so my arm started to cramp up. When we got back to the house this seemed like the best course of action:

Nap time

It was a great weekend. I’m so glad we got to see our friends and meet their baby, and hold their baby, and make faces at their baby… possibly we should get one of our own.

And the best part about Lexington, and the parts we saw of it were really great, is this:

Lowest price I've seen in months

Gas was only $2.98 a gallon. Win!

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