Monday, 27 May 2013

Striped Baby Hat

This hat fits a baby of 0 - 3 months old. The hat is knitted in the round using five double pointed needles, but can also be knitted on a circular needle if you prefer the magic loop technique. This is a basic pattern and leaves plenty of room to personalise to your liking. 

It is a lovely quick knit and a wonderful gift for a newborn. I used Drops Baby Merino as it is soft on delicate baby skin also machine washable. 

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You may make items to sell using this pattern, but you cannot redistribute or re-sell the pattern in any form.

Materials needed:
  • DROPS Baby Merino: 1 ball Dark Grey, 1 ball Off White.
  • 5 double pointed 3 mm needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic pattern for hat:

Cast on 84 stitches with Off White and divide over 4 needles, 21 stitches per needle. Because you are working in the round there is no need to purl each second row to achieve stocking stitch. Join for working in the round while taking care not to twist the stitches.

1st to 5th round: knit 1, purl 1

Join in Dark Grey.

6th to 14th round: knit

Join in Off White.

15th and 16th round: knit

Carry up Dark Grey and join in.

17th to 25th round: knit

Join in Off White.

26th and 27th round: knit

Carry up Dark Grey and join in.

28th to 36th round: knit

The work should now measure approx. 10 cm from top to bottom.

The Crown

Join in Off White.

37th round: knit 5, knit 2 together until end of round (72)

38th round: knit

Carry up Dark Grey and join in.

39th round: knit 4, knit 2 together until end of round (60)

40th round: knit

41st round: knit 3, knit 2 together until end of round (48)

42nd round: knit

43rd round: knit 2, knit 2 together until end of round (36)

44th round: knit

45th round: knit 1, knit 2 together until end of round (24)

46th round: knit

47th round: knit 2 together until end of round (12)

48th round: knit 2 together until end of round (6)

49th round: knit 2 together until end of round (3)

Place the 3 remaining stitches on 1 double pointed needle and join in Off White.

Knit an icord of approx. 5 cm and bind off, leaving a longish tail. Knitting an icord is very simple but can seem complicated when following written instructions. The easiest way for learning to knit an icord is following a Youtube tutorial, of which there are many.

The loop

With the tapestry needle, insert the tail of the icord through the top of the crown and pull the tip slightly into the hat, making a neat little loop on the outside. Weave in the tail on the inside of the hat to secure the loop.

Weave in all ends and your Striped Baby Hat is finished!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Crochet: DIY Washable Cotton Wool Pads

Every so often I like to venture out and crochet a little. Especially when I find a lovely project such as this pattern here on Moral Fibres. These fluffy cotton wool pads are soft on the skin and perfect for removing make-up. I love it that they are washable and therefore more sustainable than pads you just throw away. They're a quick and easy crochet for yourself or for a cute little gift.  

I used up some leftover Twilley's Freedom Sincere Organic Cotton DK to make my pads and felt mighty sustainable about it. Somehow I couldn't quite get the 8 puff stitches in the middle as suggested by the pattern. I tried, but it just seemed too many to all fit next to each other. Also, I wanted my pads a bit bigger in circumference, so decided to go for less puff stitches per row but add a third row. This is how mine came out: 

Washing Instructions:

  • If you want the pads to stay pristine, rub natural plant based soft soap on the stains and let sit for an hour before throwing in with your other whites. 
  • Wash at 60 degrees C and let either dry naturally or tumble dry for extra fluff.
The pads will probably shrink a little, which makes it a good idea to make them slightly bigger than they need to be.


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