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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.

 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: Pixie Hat

Here’s a hat from 2016. I’ve made this a few times before, including one for Luke.

It’s the Collared Pixie pattern by Trude and is available on Ravelry for free. I made this for a friend who was gifting it on.

There’s not too much to say about this, it’s a fast and enjoyable knit. Luke was kind enough to model the hat for me before we passed it on.

Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in green and turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Max’ Pixie Hat

Four days after Max was born, when I realised that none of Luke’s old hats were going to fit his head I knit him this cute little thing.

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It’s the Little Heaume pattern from Solenn Couix-Loarer  available on Ravelry.

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I used some leftover DROPS Merino Extra Fine, which worked really well with the pattern. It took a bit longer than it would normally take me to knit up, but then I did have a newborn to look after too!

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I loved it to so much I’m really considering knitting it up again, but I’ve since tried out some other patterns which are equally cute…so we’ll see. And without further ado, here are some pictures of Max wearing his pixie hat.

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Pattern: Little Heaume pattern from Solenn Couix-Loarer.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in denim.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-26th March 2015.


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FO: Luke’s Winter Hat

I know I have previously written about how I can never seem to get the sizing of hats right for my main boy Luke, they always seem to end up too big. A previous post about the many hats for Luke is here. But I have finally managed to make him one that fits him great – that was until I washed it and until the DROPS Merino Extra Fine stretched out.

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The pattern is this adorable Pixie Hat, available for free on Ravelry. It’s a very quick knit and the DROPS Merino Extra Fine works really well for it as it’s luxuriously soft, and it provides the right stretch (that is before you wash it).

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And yes, Luke picked the pink and blue himself…a great metrosexual in the making here!

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The great thing about this balaclava/hat is that it can be worn when it’s getting warmer outside, even when it’s already warm enough not to wear a jacket, as it will keep ears and heads warm!

LP 323And what about that pixie point at the back, isn’t it just brilliant?

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This hat photographs best when it’s being worn, but just in case you were interested, here are some pretty boring shots of it lying flat:

Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in light grey blue and pink
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Booties

I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I last posted. We’ve been busy here with holidays coming to an end, my job being very busy and other things (watch this space).

I thought it might be a good idea to get back to posting my huge number of FO’s from the last few years (yes embarrassingly I have so many that I haven’t written about).

These booties were made for a friend from school who had a baby boy in 2012, I made him a pixie hat too and blogged about it here.

He was the lucky recipient of the booties I designed myself.

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I still love this pattern, even though I mainly knit Saartjes Bootees at the moment for gifting. These little guys are brilliant because I can use up lots of leftover sock yarn for them.

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They are great also because they are one of the few baby booties that actually stay on those cute little feet.

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Here’s a quick shot of the bootie and pixie hat together.

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And would you look at those sweet feet in the booties…

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FO: Pixie Hat (with adorable baby boy)

Late last year I made a couple of things for a friend from school, as she had a baby boy. I should have posted about it before now, but never mind. My friend took some pictures of her little boy wearing the hat and the booties (post to follow later), so I now have even more of a reason to post about both of them.

CS 1It’s the DROPS pattern that I also knitted for Luke last year, you can see my blog post about it here.

I used some leftover yarn that I had in my stash, and as at the time of knitting I didn’t yet know whether it was going to be a boy or girl I picked this neutral colour.

CS 2It was really easy and quick to knit and I’m really pleased with the finished item. And the ‘pixieness’ of the hat is just adorable.

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And now, would you just look at this adorable little boy in the hat…he’s just too precious for words. I also love that rug, it’s so cool!

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FO: Pixie Hat for Luke

When I saw the new DROPS Design baby patterns I knew that I absolutely had to knit this one. It’s the pattern I love, but with an added twist.

It was a really easy knit, and very similar to my other favourite hat pattern. It calls for DROPS Alpaca, so I used that in a brown. I did knit the 12-18 months size, but it seems very snug indeed on Luke.

While it does seem very snug Luke has been wearing it for the last 2 weeks or so during the cold snap that we’ve just had here. But you can judge for yourselves.