Posts from the ‘Knitting for Babies’ category

Finished Object: Norwegian Baby Hat

Third time’s a charm, and utterly charming!

Pattern: Sweet Baby Cap (free)
Yarn: Hello Yarn Sock, 1 oz., approx. 100 yards
Needle: Addi Turbo size 1 for magic loop
Gauge: 7.75 sts. per inch
Size: 6 mo.

Thoughts:

I made the 6 mo. size but my gauge was tight, so the hat is 14″ in circumference, which is more of a newborn size. Other than that, I made no changes.

What an excellent use of sock yarn leftovers this is! If you didn’t have a hundred yards left of one yarn , you could stripe two different colors.

Knit it! It’s adorable.

Spinning:

Romney wool
3 oz., 140 yards
heavy worsted

Next weekend’s MA Sheep and Wool, and my favorite Fantom Farm guys will be there, seducing me with their wools. In preparation, I’ve started spinning up the remaining rovings purchased from them at Rhinebeck. The yarns spun from them will be knit into my sweater for Rhinebeck this year, which is going to be some yoke number with the giant brown Rambouillet fleece spun up for the body and sleeves. These two colors are going into the sweater so far. I have one more brown-y green one and hope I can find at least one more brown-y green next weekend. I’m hoping to be able to get the colors to merge slowly from the natural brown fleece to chartreuse (shown in the linked 2 colors photo) at the collar. My new glasses are orange and chartreuse. I’ll be all matchy!

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Spinning And Norwegian Baby Hat Pattern

Spinning for the Baby Surprise Jacket did it to me. I’ve (re)discovered the joy of spinning small amounts of yarn. I have a vast selection of small bits of different colorways I’ve done in the past stashed away, and it’s lovely to dig around and find a few ounces of something lovely, sit down, and spin it up in one evening, with time left over for knitting. I’ve done three skeins of yarn in the last week this way.


Hunkered South African Fine wool
1.9 oz., 116 yards
worsted weight


Trodden Corriedale wool
3.4 oz., 190 yards
worsted weight


Pluot Corriedale wool
4.5 oz., 240 yards
worsted weight

They’re going to go live in a new home- a home with a excellent photographer and knitter- so maybe we’ll get to see what they become at some point.

Knitting:

The Norwegian Baby Hat’s coming right along now.

Gro, the pattern author, has graciously posted English translation of the pattern by Theresa for us all. Hooray!! If you’re in any way quick, you could have one done before I do, slowpoke that I am.

I should say, I did my decreases differently than called for in the pattern, just out of personal preference. I did *slip one purlwise, K2TOG, PSSO*. I just prefered the way it looked, and since I knit a goodly portion of this hat three times, I had a lot of time to fiddle with the decrease.

To make stitches for the increases, I knit into the front and back of the stitch.

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Norwegian Baby Hats and Fiber Club

Over the years, I’ve seen a particular type of baby hat over and over without ever finding the pattern. There was always a reference to an old magazine or book from ages ago, but never anything I could find, let alone read, as the pattern always seemed to be Norwegian or Swedish. Well, I did find it, finally, and it was in Norwegian, but Kelly Sue asked Susann, who asked Theresa and by golly, I have a translation. It was pretty roundabout, since I know everyone involved and could have emailed Theresa, myself. :P We’re working on getting permission to post it in English, because SERIOUSLY, have you ever? I didn’t think so.


I’ve got one started in Herbal. It’s sport weight, and the pattern calls for fingering, but I’m knitting the smallest size in hopes it fits at the same time the matching baby pants do.


It’s lovely in the Herbal Fat Sock, but this is what I’ve got my eye on for others. Oh, yeah, two color pointy striped baby elf hats.

On an informational note, I am not having a baby. Kelly Sue is, though, and that’s all the excuse I need to lose my mind and knit 74 baby things. Kelly Sue, leave a drawer empty for all the stuff I send!


Fiber Club:

The whole of the fiber club has shipped for May and I’ve posted details over at the club’s blog.

I spun up a LARGE sample (a little larger than actually shipped to the club members), because I’ve been thinking about more Baby Surprise Jackets.

So as not to ruin the fiber club surprise, you can see the yarn by clicking here.

6.3 oz., 360 yards
two ply
worsted weight
worsted spun, but softly

Now, to spin a companion yarn. What do you think? Pluot? B r o o k l y n t w e e d, I’m talking to you, in particular.

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