Sunday, October 2, 2011

Twin Rib Baby Cap

As mentioned, earlier today, I'm knitting purple baby caps (to see why look here). So, to add some variety, I came up with a pattern :)

I love the twin rib stitch pattern because it is very stretchy, yet looks wonderful even if the stretch isn't needed. The top crown is decreased to create a ribbed star pattern on the top but I'm still playing around with it to have it decrease 'in pattern' since I prefer a universal look to a hat, rather than a slanted or plain crown. I'm likely going to update the pattern with child sizes (skull caps)
NOTE: Aug 25, 2012 - edited to add Gauge/Finished size - oops! Sorry about forgetting that...



Yarn: Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport
Needles: size 3mm dpns
GAUGE: 30st to 4" in pattern flat - ie unstretched

Size for newborn
Finished size: 5" wide flat - ie unstretched by 5+" high

Twin Rib Pattern:
row 1: k3, p3 to end of row
row 2: k1, p1 to end of row

Abbreviations:
K = knit
p = purl
Sl2k = slip two stitches as if to knit together
Sl2p = slip two stitches purlwise
psso = pass slipped stitches over stitch just worked

Pattern:
Cast on 72 stitches
Join in round (careful not to twist!!)
K3, P3 for 6 rows

Follow Twin Rib Pattern for 4" (27 rows) ending with a row 1

Decreases for Crown:row 1: (K3, sl2p, p1, psso) repeat to end of round
row 2: k1, p1 to end of round
row 3: k3, p1 to end of round
row 4: (sl2k, k1, psso, p1) repeat to end of round
row 5: k1, p1 to end of round
row 6: (sl2k, k1, psso) to end of round

Break off yarn, thread through remaining stitches, draw to a close & weave in ends.

Purple baby hats

Our local children's bookstore (Tall Tales Books) hosted a Knit-In on Saturday for anyone to drop in, have tea, and knit or crochet purple newborn hats in support of Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome - the Period of Purple Crying. In the month of November, babies born in BC hospitals will receive a purple baby hat in an annual campaign to educate new parents that babies will cry during this period...a lot...

There will be another Knit In on Saturday Oct 15th, but if you can't make the Knit-In, you can help by knitting (or crocheting) hats and dropping them off at the store anytime before Oct 19th. If you aren't in Victoria (or even in BC), there are other locations listed on the National website

I've already knit a few of these patterns below, including a pamphlet I received from the Welcome Wagon baby shower 6 years ago...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-newborn-hat
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-cables-hat

Need more ideas?

Yeah, I got bored knitting the same hats over & over....so I came up with this - I'll post the pattern later this week


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