Friday, November 18, 2011

FO: Not-Quite-A-Baby hat and mittens

My little mannie was well equipped for the winter chill last year. My sister and I knit him many hats and mittens, but as this year started to get colder, I found myself unprepared. All of last year's gear was too small, but knitting patterns seem to be sized for newborns or toddlers, and Duncan is in between. So, I hitched up my big girl pants, and adapted a pattern for mittens. Then I got crazy and wrote one for a hat. So, lest there be other wee one year olds in need of headgear, I'd like to share my pattern with you.
The Not-Quite-A-Baby Hat
Yarn: Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe
Needles: US size 6 and 7 circular, 40 inch for Magic Loop or dpns
Gauge: 5 1/2 sts/inch & 8 rows/inch in stockinette stitch on size 7 needles.
Size: Intended for Duncan's 17 inch noggin

CO 104 stitches onto your size 6 needle and divide in half for Magic Loop or arrange evenly over your dpns. Join to knit in the round.

Knit k2 p2 ribbing for 9 rounds.

Switch to size 7 needles and knit even in stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) for 2 1/2 inches. If you want to extend the wear of your hat, knit for 3 3/4 inches and fold up the ribbed section. Then as not-quite-baby grows, you can fold down the ribbed section for more length.

For the decreases:
1) *k11, k2tog, rep from * to end (96 sts.)
2&3) knit
4) *k10, k2tog, rep from * to end (88sts)
5) knit
6) *k9, k2tog, rep from * to end (80 sts)
7) knit
8) *k8, k2tog, rep from * to end (72 sts)
9) knit
10) *k7, k2tog, rep from * to end (64 sts)
11) knit
12) *k6, k2tog, rep from * to end (56 sts)
13) *k5, k2tog, rep from * to end (48 sts)
14) *k4, k2tog, rep from * to end (40 sts)
15) *k3, k2tog, rep from * to end (32 sts)
16) *k2, k2tog, rep from * to end (24 sts)
17) *k1, k2tog, rep from * to end (16 sts)
18) *k2tog, rep from * to end

Break yarn, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Thread your tail through remaining 8 sts and pull them tightly together. Weave in ends and lightly block.

For Duncan's little mittens, I adapted the excellent Baby Mitts pattern by Susan B. Anderson. I love this pattern because it is easy to knit, cute and very useful. I knitted a few pairs of these for Duncan for his first winter and they really came in handy. This year, they were all too small, so I sized up the pattern. Here is what I did.
Not-Quite-A-Baby Mitts
Same yarn and needles as the hat
Size: Fits my 1 year old as well as my 3 year old.

CO 32 sts onto your size 6 needle and join to work in the round.

Knit k2p2 ribbing for 9 rows.

Switch to size 7 needles and work even in stockinette stitch for 2 1/2 inches.

For the decreases:
1) *k2tog, k15, rep from * to end
2) *k4, k2tog, rep from * to end 
3) knit
4) *k3, k2tog, rep from * to end 
5) *k2, k2tog, rep from * to end
6) *k1, k2tog, rep from * to end
7) *k2tog, rep from * to end

Break yarn, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Thread your tail through remaining 8 sts and pull them tightly together. Weave in ends and lightly block.

I hope this keeps your little Not-Quite-A-Baby warm and cozy!
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3 comments:

  1. Great hat and mittens! I love how the red makes his blue eyes sparkle.

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  2. They're cute, and they taste good, too! Duncan's adorable (I'm partial to the fair, bald babies; that's what all of mine were.)

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  3. Very cool. I have to admit I just knitted socks-without-heels for my girl when she was that size, but then she liked to pull the mittens off her hands...

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