Penny Candy Baby Hats

014In recent days I’ve been having some mindless experimentation with my Penny Candy Hat pattern, designed in worsted-weight wool as a gauge tester for Penny Candy Winter.  The thing is,  the smallest size, though fine for a bigger baby or small toddler,  is too big for a newborn, so,  I’ve been trying out gauges & sizes with finer weights of yarn and smaller needles while thinking about babies.

Using superwash sock yarn, worked with 2.75mm – US2 needles for the lace, and 3.25 – US3 needles for the crown I’ve arrived at a gauge of 7 stitches to the inch. Here is the smallest of the four sizes,  77-stitch cast-on size:  Measures an itsy bitsy 10.75″ circumference by 4.75″ tall …

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Here is the bigger of two smallest sizes, 88 stitches cast on, and measures 13″ circumference by 5.75″ tall (oh, and with only 2 lace repeats)…..

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Details of both hats on Ravelry here

In same yarn & gauge, I estimate that the 99-stitch size would likely be approx. 13″ in circumference  and 6″ tall.

I have entertained the idea of coming up with a baby sweater in Penny Candy design, but I must say, I am not exactly sure about how to go about it. I have thought sport-weight superwash Merino wool would be best, but wonder should it be a cardigan ( probably seamless in 1 piece, and worked flat (back and forth), or just a pullover and not fuss with all of that.  What do you think?

A Wee Sherpa Hat

Emma and I have been busy.

Recently I visited an old friend in this post and decided it was time for me to do more totally improv hats again. I am very interested in using up bits of stash yarn , perfecting these hats ! My brother is wild about these and well, his birthday is in April.  But this little hat for little   I decided yesterday afternoon to make for a present, as the one for who it is made is two months old and I’m attending a party for her tomorrow.  This wee hat is first in a series of “Sherpa Neuveau” hats I will knit up lots in the foreseen future… my brother’s to be next.

Here it is, inside out.

In nice dappled light on the piano, angled so you can see the relief of the purl rows

I’m very satisfied with my improvising, though the crocheted edge is done badly (I don’t crochet,  I improv’d that too, I was trying to tame the curling ear flaps !

It’s quite a cute little hat, perfect for a 2month baby-sized head. The colors don’t seem as vivid in the photographs as they are in person ( I need to get the hang of lighting in photography). The light purple and green backgrounds are alpaca , with little filled in color from various wool and wool blends I have hanging around. Adorable I might say myself.