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Homage to a Pixie Hat

There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.

I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.

Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.

Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.

The following made using DROPS Nepal too.

Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.

This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.

Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.

STATS
Pattern:
 Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.

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FO: Clover Earflap Hat

The head at Greenwich Steiner School where Luke attends Kindergarten had a baby girl back in November and the school community gathered together some gifts, so I knitted up another Clover Earflap Hat.

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This time round I actually followed the pattern properly and even though my previous version looked lovely, but this looks even sweeter.

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Because I knew it was a girl I was able to pick this sweet lilac, which I had left in my stash.

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Now that I understand the pattern, I would love to make some more of these, so I just have to find some willing recipients.

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And the crown of this hat is absolutely gorgeous, albeit hard to photograph.

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Next time though I think I would knit it in the round, eliminating the need for sewing up.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Clover Earflap Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in old pink.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 8th-9th November 2015.

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FO: Earflap Hat

In November last year I knitted a lovely little bonnet for a good friend’s daughter. I queued this gorgeous pattern in August when I found it via my Instagram.

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It’s nice to get away from my regular patterns from DROPS Design…

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It’s a bit embarrassing really, but I actually didn’t read the pattern correctly for this hat (I made another one following the pattern exactly a few weeks later). It really was my fault, because the pattern is written extremely well.

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However, I don’t think it’s done any harm to the general design, it basically just added those purl rows between each of the leaves.

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My friend requested the hat in cream as it would go with most of her daughter’s clothes, and I love the colour choice, it looks sweet on any babe.

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I would like to try knitting this hat in the round once, as I think the seaming at the back could be avoided, but for this first version the construction was actually fine.

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I love the tip the designer gives to slip the first stitch of each row, because it gives this lovely clean edge.

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I made the right size according to the measurements my friend send me of her little girls head, but somehow it still ended up being a little big, so I just gathered it at the top for her so that she can wear it now. My friend can remove that gather later on and will enjoy the bonnet for much longer.

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This crown is really pretty, but it actually looks even more beautiful when I followed the correct pattern :-).

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I got a quick shot of Max modelling the hat for me…not sure he was that keen on it!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Clover Earflap Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 1st-2nd November 2015.

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FO: Cotton Baby Socks

I knitted this pair of baby socks for my friend’s little girl, Marianne, in Singapore. And because it’s always warm in Singapore (hot and humid in fact) I decided to go with cotton yarn. I had some nice Drops Safran left over, which conveniently was in the colours that Marianne’s mum was decorating the nursery with: white and yellow.

I went with my own gut instict regarding the pattern (it’s pretty straightforward after all) and just cast on 44 stitches initially. I think the yellow accents give the socks a really nice, chic edge.

And here’s the collection of items I knitted for Marianne, I’ve previously blogged about them here and here.

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Bonnie Bonnet

I made this bonnet early last year for a clients little girl. It’s one of my favourite patterns from the team at Garnstudio. 

I do remember that my client sent me a picture of his little girl with the hat on, but I can’t seem to find it. Nonetheless, it looks very cute on. I know I’ve written about this pattern before, but I’d just like to reiterate that it’s a real joy to knit, as it’s very straightforward and easy.

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Another Bonnet and Bootie Combo

I hope you’re not getting sick of my bonnet and bootie combo? Both of them are such an easy knit that I always come back to them when I want to make a present for friends. I also like the fact that I can always revert to my stash and use up some leftover wool, like with this pair. The wool I used was sock wool that I bought in Germany many, many years ago.

The sock yarn was actually a good idea as they turned out the perfect size for a newborn. I do also like the fact that the yarn had a mixture of pink and blue that came out as I was knitting the booties.

The pattern (my own, in case you didn’t know) is still one of my favourite patterns for booties, especially as I can often knit a pair of booties in an afternoon.

And then there’s the bonnet, another pattern from the guys over at Garnstudio. Again, it’s such a great pattern to knit as it takes me virtually no time at all to complete it these days as I’ve knitted so many versions of this bonnet. I remember the first time I made it, I got lost with the instructions, but now it’s like second nature.

What do you think of the tie strings? Due to the yarn they’ve worked out fantastically with a pink and a blue side, I love it!

Generally the entire bonnet turned out great I think, I simply love the fact that the sock yarn has a built in pattern, I must make sure that I get some more sock yarn from somewhere. I normally try and get some when I’m in Germany, but who knows I might even be able to find some here in the UK or even online.

The combo was for a really old school friend of mine who I got in touch again last August as I’m trying to organise a reunion for the class from my first school, I spent my first eight years of school with them and am trying to organise something for this coming year. Which might not be as easy as I thought, as I’ve got a very busy year coming up! Anyway, my friend really loved them and her little girl wore the hat on her first outing!