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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: Beanie and Booties, inc. Sweet Boy

A friend that I studied Journalism with had a baby boy at the start of this year. Even though I haven’t seen my friend since I finished my studies in 2004 I still wanted to knit her something. So I knitted my usual go-to beanie and bootie combo.

The beanie is my old favourite from DROPS, and I knit this up in the 0-3 months size since it was going to be a Winter baby.

I also knitted up my version of Saartjes Bootees in a matching green and light blue.

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I boxed both of them up in one of my boxes and sent them off to my friend.

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My friend sent me a picture of her sweet little boy in his little hat. Such a cutie.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 18-19th December 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19-20th December 2015.

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FO: 2 x Beanies and Booties

Back in July 2015 a friend ordered two beanie and booties combinations from me that she was going to gift on to other friends.

I used this pattern that I’ve used many, many times and to be honest I didn’t really need to follow it exactly as I remember it all perfectly.

For both I used DROP Muskat, one set in navy blue and light olive and the other in navy blue and light mint.

I used the same colour combination for the booties.

The booties are my version of the Saartjes Bootees pattern, which I should really write up and share. I normally manage to knit them up in 2 hours, which is pretty good going I think.

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Both were well received as far as I understand.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

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FO: Baby Boy in Beanie

Today is Luke’s fifth birthday and we had a lovely party for him, I cannot believe I now have a five year old child…

At the end of January of this year I finished a beanie and bootie combo for the baby boy of a friend that I used to work with.

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It’s my old favourite, straightforward beanie, which I knit for a newborn up to three months old.

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I used a combination of yarn that I had left at home, turquoise, north sea and denim blue, which work out really well I think.

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I also knit a pair of booties, sticking with the same colours.

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I know I say this every time, but I really should write up this pattern as there are a few changes to the original pattern.

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I had some lovely buttons left in my stash, some that fit perfectly with the colours I had picked.

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I always wonder if people actually like these for baby boys, as they can look quite girly, but Max wore them for a little while and they looked very sweet on him. He did outgrow them very quickly though.

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And of course as always they needed one of my boxes.

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Here in all their glory are both, the booties and the beanie.

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My friend sent me a picture of his sweet, adorable boy wearing his beanie…makes me sooo broody, he’s such a handsome little guy.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 31st January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 1st February 2016.

 

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo

In February last year I knitted a sweet beanie and booties combo for the daughter of my old client. She had a little girl later on in 2015.

At the time that I was knitting these I didn’t know whether they were having a boy or a girl, so I picked these neutral colours.

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I don’t need to write anymore about these booties, I think, I’ve knitted them often enough and written about them often enough too.

And the beanie is an old favourite too from DROPS Design, I’ve blogged about it loads too before.

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Here’s the combo in all it’s glory, it was very well received too!

STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light grey and pistachio.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 26th February 2015.

Beanie
Pattern: Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in light grey and vibrant green.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 29th February-1st March 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: Baby Hat

The third item I made for my friend who’s little man turned one just this last month is this little hat. The first one was the cardigan, the second were the booties.

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I love this pattern, it’s such a neat little hat and I love the cables. I used DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk, which is amazingly luxurious and soft.

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I used a similar light minty colour for it like I did for the cardigan and booties that I posted about earlier in the week. It’s quite a unisex colour and the pictures don’t really do it justice.

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I also love the crown of the hat, it’s such a pretty top for such a pretty hat.

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And here are a final couple of pictures that show the entire lot I sent my friend.

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo (Adorable Baby Alert)

Yes, yes, I know, it’s getting a bit boring with the hat and bootie combinations I’ve been knitting for friends. But in truth, they are just too easy to knit and gift when I find out that someone is expecting. So, here’s another combo I did for an ex-colleague of mine who recently had her second little girl.

I followed the pattern to Saartjes Bootees, but with  my amendments to the straps and I added a little flower to the front. As I knew my friend was having a girl I was able to customise the booties.

I also customised the hat and just cast on for the DROPS hat that I make regularly, but then amended it by adding a pattern to it and adding a flower at the end.

I am really pleased with this and I think the ‘holes’ make it a little more girly (not sure whether to call them holes, but that’s what they are at the end of the day).

LC 9And it all matches quite well and looks very girly and cute. My friend has already been able to use the hat and it just looks too adorable for words on her gorgeous little girl, don’t you think?

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FO: Gorgeous Baby Boy in a Stripy Hat

A friend who I used to work with back in my PR days has recently had a baby boy. She lives in Australia and when I found out that her little munchkin had arrived I thought, perfect, it’s coming up to Winter Down Under and I can knit him something.

So, I decided on the easy beanie that I’ve knitted a few times already.

KJ 1I decided to go for a boyish blue and green combo and I really love the end result. The other thing I love about this hat is how very quickly it knits up. It uses DROPS Muskat, which is quite a nice, thick cotton yarn.

KJ 2My friends husband, who is an incredibly talented photographer, was kind enough to take some great pictures of their little boy in the hat. And isn’t he just adorable?

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FO: Aviatrix

Another one of the aviatrix hats I knitted when we were in Australia. This was meant to be sold for charity, but wasn’t. So, I’ve still got it in my basket and will be gifting it to one lucky baby as soon as possible.

I have to say again how much I love this pattern, it’s available for free on Ravelry.  If you’re ever looking for a quick knit of a hat that stays on very well, I highly recommend this one.