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Santa Baby Hat

There's just a bit of time left before Christmas, but that doesn't mean your little one still can't dress up as Santa! This long tail hat comes sized from newborn through 12 months, which means even if they're crawling and ripping hats off their heads (I speak from experience ...), you can hopefully still get a handmade Santa photo before all the presents have been opened!

Knit up in worsted weight yarn, this hat shouldn't take more than a few concentrated hours, meaning you might just have time for more than one little Santa impersonator!

YARN  I Love This Yarn! Solids (100% acrylic; 355 yards / 325 meters per 198 grams)

Feel free to substitute any aran weight (10 ply, 8 wpi) yarn. Yarn suggestions include Loops & Threads Impeccable, Vanna’s Choice, and Bernat Super Value.

MC: you will use between 100 and 200 total yards of red yarn.
CC: you will use just 40 yards (or less) of white yarn.

NEEDLES  US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle f…

Hadley Hat Modifications

(photo from Elise's Instagram feed)
So far, the #holidayknitalong has been going like gangbusters! Elise has officially become a hat addict, knocking out an adorable hat for Ellerie (seen above), with plans to make a few more in the near future!

While I'm still slogging away at my hat, working a row or two in between holiday presents, I wanted to take a minute to share a few ways to modify the Hadley Hat pattern to suit a wide variety of needs. I wrote the pattern over two years ago now, and when it was originally written I only had one size, and used a very specific yarn. These notes will hopefully help you make your hat in a bunch of different ways!

One of the things I love most about hats is that you don't need to worry AS MUCH about sizing - most hats will fit most heads, and have a few inches of stretch to cover any possible sizing mistakes. That said, you can't expect a hat made for a baby to fit an adult, and visa versa.

One of the other things to keep in mind …

Lennon Long Tail Hat

The Lennon Long Tail hat is the perfect photo prop for newborn shoots, and looks adorable on babies up to a year old!

YARN  I Love This Yarn! Solids (100% acrylic; 355 yards / 325 meters per 198 grams)

Feel free to substitute any aran weight (10 ply, 8 wpi) yarn. Yarn suggestions include Loops & Threads Impeccable, Vanna’s Choice, and Bernat Super Value.

 Note: you will use between 100 and 200 total yards of yarn.

NEEDLES  US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE  16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months) 12 (13.5, 15, 16)” circumference

BUY THE PATTERN HERE


PHOTO CREDITS
Photos used with permission from Layna Jane Photography and Amy Blanchard Photography

Falan Hat

All-over texture makes the slouchy Falan Hat a fun knit for experienced knitters, while the construction is simple enough for a beginner hat maker, all while the slouch makes it perfect for winter weather.

YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
8 sts x 12 rows = 4” in stockinette

SIZES
baby (toddler, child, adult) = 16 (18, 20, 22)” unstretched

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Drew Hat

Mock cables give this hat a feminine look while still keeping your head warm through the winter, thanks to the chunky wool yarn.

YARN  1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

NEEDLES  US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE  8 sts x 12 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  baby (child, adult) = 15 (18, 22)” unstretched

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Ella Hat

Meet the Ella Hat! This texture-heavy hat is made from simple knits and purls, making this an ideal hat for a beginner hat-maker. The texture will help keep your ears and head warm, while the slouch keeps the dreaded hat-head at bay!

YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS
Darning needle for weaving in ends Stitch Marker

GAUGE
8 sts x 12 rows = 4” in stockinette

SIZES
baby (toddler, child, adult) = 16 (18, 20, 22)” unstretched

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Lou Lou Headband - Free Pattern!

When we did family photos a few weeks ago, in addition to making Lou a cute Owlet sweater, I whipped up a little headband for her at the last minute. This super easy crocheted headband took no more than 15 minutes, and can be sized for anyone from newborns to adults!

YARN 20 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 197y / 180m per 85g)

HOOK size US I/9 5.5mm hook

NOTIONS darning needle

GAUGE 3 sts x 2 rows = 1" in stitch pattern

SIZES newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 5-10 years, teen, adult)

ABBREVIATIONS ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
rnd = round
st/s = stitch/es


DIRECTIONS CH 7.
Rnd 1: HDC 2 ch from hook. HDC in rest of chs. You should have 5 HDC sts
Rnd 2: Ch 2. HDC in each st across.


Repeat rnd 2 until piece measures 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)" from edge.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail.


Tie a knot in the middle of the headband. You can tie this as loosely or as tight as you want (I tied mine somewhat loosely, s…

The Simple Slouch Is Taking Over The Internet!

Over the last couple of days, the Simple Slouch Hat pattern (available free here) has been making its way around the internet lately. First there was a mention in a Buzzfeed post, and then this morning I saw that it was shared on Vogue Knitting's Facebook page!

This hat has always been a favorite for me to use when teaching people to knit - if you cast on using a Knit-On cast on (rather than my standard long tail cast on) you only need to learn to knit and then knit two together, and you're knitting a hat!

I love seeing it pop up on Instagram randomly, as someone discovers just how fun it is to cast on and then knit and knit and knit, and suddenly you have a hat!

This hat was actually featured in a Norweigan film in 2012, which was super amazing and cool!

I forget for months just how much I love to make this hat, and just how much both men and women, kids and adults, love to wear this hat. And whenever I look at the pattern page, or the photo above, I'm reminded that I sh…

Bailey Hat

Meet the Bailey Hat! This extra textured hat is the perfect ribbed-looking hat. Just the right amount of slouch and stretch ensure it will fit everyone perfectly, keeping ears warm all winter long!

YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
8 sts x 12 rows = 4” in stockinette

SIZES
baby (child, adult) = 15 (18, 22)” unstretched

BUY THE PATTERN HERE

Alex Hat

Chunky and slouchy, this hat fits just about everyone from kids through adults, and is a stylish option to keep your ears warm as the weather turns colder.


YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)


NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles


NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker


GAUGE 8 sts x 12 rows = 4" in stockinette

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 15” circumference, 11” from brim to top


BUY THE PATTERN HERE

Holbrook Hat

I'm super excited to share this fun new pattern today! The Holbrook Hat is made using super bulky yarn, which means you can get this hat done in an evening! I've been whipping Holbrook Hats off my needles all weekend long, and have a few ready to donate already! There's also a bright red one ready for me to wear to the next Husker game, as well!

This hat pattern costs just $1.99 to purchase, and I promise it's worth the money - addictive, fast off the needles, and easy enough for beginner hat makers to work up! As an added bonus, the Holbrook Hat fits just about everyone you know, from toddlers through to adults!

YARN  1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

NEEDLES  US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE  2.5 sts x 3 rows = 1" in rib pattern

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS  15” circumference, 11” from brim to top

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Brooks Hat and Blanket

I'm so excited to share this new pattern set today! The Brooks Hat and Blanket patterns come in a variety of sizes for all sorts of babies! Perfect for donation items, these patterns also work up wonderfully for baby shower gifts.

YARN Two skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% Acrylic 20% Wool, 197 yards/180 meters per 85 grams)

YARN IS HELD DOUBLE THROUGHOUT.

HOOK US N / 10.0 mm hook

NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE 2 sts per 1” in pattern stitch

BROOKS HAT
BROOKS BLANKET

Peaks and Valleys Hat

I've been slowly but surely working through all my notes, scattered across several notebooks and a few computer folders, and working the fragments of patterns into completed designs. This one is so fun and simple to work off the needles, and it's about to become a donation staple for me!

A simple stockinette stitch, broken up by purl ridges creates a ribbed and slouchy hat.


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YARN 90-120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% acrylic; 170y/155m per 100 grams)

NEEDLES US 9 / 5.5 mm 16" circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE 16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES baby (toddler, child, adult)

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New Photos For The Helping Haiti Hat!

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Casie took me downtown and we did a quick photo shoot. She got some great photos of me with my knitting, which I'll be sharing later this week (and next), but I wanted to share this photo first.

As I go through all my old posts, I'm doing three things specifically. First, I'm just getting them all back here on this space.  But more importantly, I'm re-knitting many of my old patterns for new photos, and I'm making all my patterns available for free.

Some of my patterns are still only available for purchase, and I'm working through those patterns from the older ones first through to the newer ones. As I make all the patterns free, I'm also adding all the directions right here to the blog, rather than having them be available for download only. I'm working on getting a "print this page" button added to each post so you can still print the directions, but I wanted to make sure people didn't need to download an…

Expedition Hat

My cable obsession continues with this hat. These cables are spaced far enough apart that they stand out, and this is a perfect hat for beginner cablers to test the waters with!

YARN  150 yards Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool (100% wool; 465 yds / 425 meters per 227 grams)

NEEDLES  US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circular needle
US 10 / 6.0mm 16” circular needle
US 10 / 6.0mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS  Cabling needle
One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE  9 sts x 13 rows = 2" in stockinette

SIZES  child (adult) = 14 (16)” circumference, un-stretched.

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

new L.A. Winters photos

I'm in love with the new photos Casie took of the L.A. Winters hat! The pattern, one of the first I wrote, was in desperate need of an upgrade, so I re-worked some of the directions and then Casie got these gorgeous photos a few weeks ago.

The new version isn't very different, but I did manage to make sense of a few things. First and foremost, I had cast on numbers for a few sizes that didn't in any way match how the pattern worked. What?! I know - I have no clue how I managed that one, but I re-did the ribbing pattern enough that now there's four full sizes (baby, toddler, child, adult), as well as notes for making the hat fitted OR slouchy!

I'm head over heels for how this newer version of the hat turned out, and can't wait to work it up in a bunch of different colors and lengths for fall donations! Maybe a knit-along is in order?

You can find the new L.A. Winters hat pattern here.

Voyage Hat Pattern

All over braided cables are a perfect introduction to cabling both in front and in back, making a hat that’s perfect for both men and women.
YARN 150 yards of worsted weight wool - Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool (100% wool; 465 yds / 425 meters per 227 grams)
NEEDLES One size US 8 / 5.0 mm 16”circular needle One size US 10 / 6.0 mm 16” circular needle One set size US 10 / 6.0 mm DPNs
NOTIONS One stitch marker Cabling needle Darning needle for weaving in ends
GAUGE 9 sts x 13 rows = 2” in stockinette
SIZES baby (child, adult) Will stretch to fit 18 (20, 24)” circumference

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Emmerson Beanie

The Emmerson Beanie is the perfect no-nonsense hat for your new little one. Just a few quick yards of yarn, some fast and furious ribbing, and quick and simple decreases, and you’ve got a hat that can be worn all day, every day!
YARN I Love This Yarn! Solids (100% acrylic; 355 yards / 325 meters per 198 grams) Note: You will use between 40 and 80 yards of yarn total, divided evenly between MC and CC
NEEDLES US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needles [divider margin_top="" margin_bottom="" style=""]
NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends One button
GAUGE 16 sts x 20 rows = 4” in stockinette
SIZES newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months) 12 (13, 14)” circumference

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Stinson Park Pixie

The striped pixie will stretch to fit a wide variety of baby heads, making it one of the more versatile hats in a newborn’s wardrobe. Just a few rows of ribbing ensure this hat will stay put, and the contrasting stripe band gives it just the right amount of color pop!
YARN 50 to 100 yards I Love This Yarn! (100% acrylic; 355 yards/325 meters per 198 grams) - MC 50 to 100 yards I Love This Yarn! (100% acrylic; 355 yards/325 meters per 198 grams) - CC  
NEEDLES US 9 / 5.5 mm 16” circular needle
NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends [divider margin_top="" margin_bottom="" style=""]
GAUGE 16 sts x 20 rows = 4” in stockinette
SIZES newborn (0-6 months)

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Twiglet Pixie

This adorable pixie features an open-weave texture perfect for spring and summer babies.
YARN 60 – 150 yards Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic 20% wool; 197 yards/180 meters per 85 grams)
NEEDLES US 9 / 5.5 mm 16” circular needle
NOTIONS Darning needle for weaving in ends
GAUGE 18 sts x 20 rows = 4” in stockinette
SIZES newborn (0-3, 3-6, 6-12) months Fits up to 14 (16, 17, 18)” heads

BUY THE PATTERN HERE

Shanti Hat

This free pattern was designed for the 2014 Charity Hat-Along with Ewe Ewe Yarns.
MATERIALS NEEDED * Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted Washable, 95 yards (1 skein for preemie and baby sizes, two for child and adult sizes)
* size US K / 6.5 mm crochet hook
* Darning needle
GAUGE 14 dc over 4” [divider margin_top="" margin_bottom="" style=""]
SIZES preemie (baby, child, adult)

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Dodge Street Beanie

This simple hat is great for knitters of any skill level, and works up fast to make an adorable and whimsical topper for any age!

YARN  One skein I Love This Yarn! (100% acrylic; 355 yards/325 meters per 198 grams)
Note: You will need between 50 and 100 yards of yarn for this hat.

NEEDLES  US 9 / 5.5 mm 16" circular needle
TWO size US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needle (for three-needle bind off)

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE  16 sts = 4" in stockinette (row gauge unimportant)

SIZES  newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months)

See the Ravelry Page for more information.

Hanscom Park Pixie

The Hanscom Park Pixie will stretch to fit a wide variety of baby heads, making it one of the more versatile hats in a newborn’s wardrobe. Just a few rows of ribbing ensure this hat will stay put, while the stockinette body gives you space to work stripes and patterns if you so desire!

YARN  Approximately 40 yards worsted weight yarn (used in photo - I Love This Yarn!)

NEEDLES  Size US 9 / 5.5 mm straight needles
ONE size US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needle

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends.

GAUGE  16 sts = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  newborn (0-6 months)

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Midtown Ribbed Pixie

The Midtown Ribbed Pixie will stretch to fit a wide variety of baby heads, making it one of the more versatile hats in a newborn’s wardrobe. All-over ribbing and long ties under the chin help keep this hat in place while keeping little ears warm.

YARN  Approximately 40 yards worsted weight yarn (used in photo - I Love This Yarn!)

NEEDLES  Size US 9 / 5.5 mm straight needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends.

GAUGE  16 sts = 4" in stockinette

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Benson Beanie

The Benson Beanie is the perfect no-nonsense hat for your new little one. Just a few quick yards of yarn, some fast and furious ribbing, and quick and simple decreases, and you’ve got a hat that can be worn all day, every day!

YARN  I Love This Yarn! Solids (100% acrylic; 355 yards / 325 meters per 198 grams)
Feel free to substitute any aran weight (10 ply, 8 wpi) yarn.

Note: You will use between 40 and 80 yards of yarn.

NEEDLES  US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends
One button

GAUGE  16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months)
12 (13, 14)” circumference


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Around Town Hats

I love making hats for new little babies! Whether I’m giving those hats to friends for their new little ones or taking bags of hats to local hospitals, I almost always have a baby hat on my needles.

The Around Town Hats e-book features six hat patterns perfect for little ones from birth to six months! You'll learn how to do a three-needle bind-off, work stripes into hats, and add braided ties to your pixies.

All hats use worsted/aran weight yarn and size 9 needles – no need to carry lots of accessories with you while working these hats.



INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS FEATUREDBenson Beanie
Dodge Street Beanie
Emmerson Beanie
Hanscom Park Pixie
Midtown Ribbed Pixie
Stinson Park Pixie

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Travel Hat

Perfect for all your travels around the world, this hat features classic cable details and an extra long brim for a slouchy or fitted look.
FEATURESSizes for both children and adultsBoth written and charted cable instructionsPhoto tutorial for C3F stitch MATERIALS NEEDED150 yards worsted weight wool - Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool (100% wool; 465 yds / 425 meters per 227 grams) used in photosOne size US 8 / 5.0 mm 16" circular needleOne size US 10 / 6.0 mm circular needleOne set size US 10 / 6.0 mm DPNsCabling needleDarning needle GAUGE 9 stitches x 13 rows = 2”
SIZES child (adult) = 14 (16)” circumference un-stretched.

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