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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 111

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Just a cute, tiny, hat with a little twist at the start.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 111

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The top is a standard eight-part decrease.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love this edging.

This week, I share a pattern for a super-easy baby hat and chat with the legendary Lucy Neatby.

Slightly Twisted Baby Hat

I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because, in the movies, women used to "announce" pregnancies by displaying a baby sweater on their needles. My favorite example of this was Morticia Addams knitting a baby sweater at the end of a movie. I can't seem to find a good photo of it online. Did it have three arms?

Anyway, I always have to defend myself against allegations of pregnancy or impending pregnancy when I am knitting a lot of baby things. I do happen to know people who are having babies this year, including my favorite sock yarn shop owner.

I love knitting baby things for a lot of reasons, however. They are little, so I can go a little wild and try techniques that are new to me. They can be boxy without making me worry that someone will think they look chubby in my hand-knit. Colors can be super-traditional or really wild. Who doesn't want to see a baby in a brightly-colored little hat or sweater?

Babies don't have opinions about what they wear, so you can get away with some fashion choices that wouldn't suit many other people. Also, you can splurge on yarn, and still not break the bank, since the garments are for little tiny people. On the other hand, you can take a chance on an inexpensive yarn, knowing that if it pills up or otherwise behaves badly with wear, the baby is likely to grow out of it before it even matters.

There's also something infinitely satisfying about knowing that I am part of creating clothes for a brand-new person. They don't (I hope) already have 20 pairs of socks or 10 sweaters, so anything I make is more likely to be actually used than a regular sock or sweater.

I can't deny that the final piece in my strong preference for making baby clothes is that they are so stinking cute. Even a fairly practical sweater or cap takes on major adorable points when the sleeve only has to be 6 inches long or you could block the hat on a grapefruit.

So, this week's pattern is a simple hat for a newborn, made with fingering-weight yarn, that starts with a twisted garter stitch edging. I hope you like it. I think it's pretty darn cute.


Lucy Neatby was so kind to take the time and chat with me about her hair, her knitting, and her plans for the future.