It’s just less than 3 weeks to my due date!
I’ve been offline recently, as I’ve been so tired and we’re having repairs done to the ceiling, so we’re in temporary accommodation in Islington. On the plus side, Islington has Loop – a fantastic knitting supplies shop packed with gorgeous coloured yarns!
Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho
My first baby project is a hat, as I really want her to wear my hand-knitted baby clothes from day one! I chose Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho, because I loved the super-cute pattern straight away.
When using a yarn-type that’s different from the original pattern, carefully check:
• the characteristics of the yarns
My tension is 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch, using 2.75mm needles, which is different from the original knitting pattern. So, to make a hat circumference of 14 inches, you will need to re-calculate the stitch number.
My baby’s head circumference is average and, as a well-fitting knitted hat has a negative ease, I added a negative ease of just 1 cm, so it will sit gently around her head.
Unlike the recommended yarn for this pattern, Koigu KPPPM is a 100% merino yarn with a bouncy characteristic. In addition, the original pattern uses the same needle size and stitch count for garter-stitch and stocking-stitch, causing the garter-stitch to flare out.
To avoid this, I cast on approx. 5-6% fewer than the main head stitch number and worked with smaller needles, (2 mm), creating a denser garter-edge.
|Negative ease (-1cm)||32||33||34||35||36||cm|
|Cast on for garter sts (use smaller needles)||87||87||90||93||96||sts|
|Increase evenly over the row after garter stitch||6||6||6||6||6||sts|
|Main hat sts (use larger needles)||93||93||96||99||102||sts|
|Start dec every rnd after the foll sts||75||75||78||78||81||sts|
If you’d like to knit this pattern with Koigu yarn and the same tensions as mine, the table above contains the stitch numbers from 33 cm to 37 cm, (i.e. 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking-stitch using 2.75mm needles)
Note: I’ll post a series of Knitting Tutorials on Tension Swatching soon, showing how to calculate the different number of stitches with your own tension.
Instead of adjusting the row tension, I calculated how much every other round decrease is worked, before I began decreasing the top every round. After knitting straight for 3 inches, start decreasing every other round until there are 108 sts left and approx. 80% stitches are decreased up to this point.
For my version of the hat, I decreased every other round until there were 80% sts left and then I started to decrease every round until there were 3 sts left.
Beautiful ‘Warm Welcome’ Hat for Baby!
I’m so pleased with the how this hat has turned out! Owing to its amazing colours, Koigu yarn, especially KPPPM, is great for stocking-stitch and works very well with dense garter-stitch, too. I’ll certainly knit this little hat again and it would make a lovely gift!