This week, I chat with Mary Jeanne Packer, who has a fiber mill in New York state, and share a pattern for a little baby hat that is designed to hide slightly inconsistent spinning.
Little Diamonds Hat
For this little hat, I had three small skeins of handspun yarn. They were all the same kind of wool and the same color, but some of the yarns were a little thinner and some were a little thicker. I organized my knitting bag so that I could start the hat with the thicker yarn and finish it with thinner yarn. The hat's crown shaping kind of hid the fact that the yarn wasn't completely consistent. I think it looks very nice.
I would call the yarn for this hat a light worsted weight. The good thing is, if you can't quite get gauge, the hat will be just a little larger, which is fine. I'm told that my "newborn" size of 12.5 inches might actually be too small for babies with larger noggins. I used size 5 needles, but if larger needles give you a fabric you like, feel free to go up a size or two. If you do end up with a hat that is larger than, say, 13 inches around, you might want to extend the body of the hat so that it is a bit longer. Either 5.5 inches or 6 inches would work well.
I met Mary Jeanne Packer at TNNA and I am so glad that I did. I loved talking with her about her mill, different kinds of sheep, and wool festivals. There is a little background noise, but, after all, she was at a fiber mill when we spoke. (It is quieter than the background from last week!)
- NY State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck (often known simply as "Rhinebeck)
- The Saratoga Collection by Tahki Yarns (Cora Yarns)