Baby and Toddler Garter Ear Flap Hat

I have a couple of friends that are going to hatch soon. As in, the stork is not coming and you actually have to go through labor.

Again.

Sorry ladies.

Hopefully these cute baby hats will ease your pain.

But probably not.

In both cases, my friends already have toddlers. Naturally this means I must knit toddler hats to accompany the new baby hats. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out.

Just saying.

Mom Number One had her shower this past weekend. Nothing like a deadline to put the knitting into high gear. I always do my best work under pressure.

I used the Purl Soho Ear Flap pattern that I had been desperate to knit for some time and raided the stash for some reasonably suitable yarn.

The first knit was for the toddler. I used Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk (with size 7 needles) left over from Reed’s baby blanket in the Froggy colorway. I love Sublime yarn, but my LYS recently stopped carrying it…something about no representative in the U.S.? Odd.

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The hat came out super cute. I am slightly biased, having used my own dear child as a model. I think I may have done the sskp stitches incorrectly. Hard to say. I plan to play around with those a bit more for the next duo of baby hats.

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The second go around was for the new baby. Of course Mom Number One is waiting until the baby is born to find out if I will soon meet a little boy or a little girl. It absolutely kills me when people do this. How is one supposed to know what color to knit the hat? When I was pregnant, I basically stalked my doctor until she would let me have  an ultrasound at 19 weeks to see if I was having a boy or a girl. Looking back, it is truly miracle that she didn’t call the cops on me.

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The most gender neutral yarn in my stash was Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light fingering weight in Grey Garden. I chose a size 4 needle. I first used this yarn for my Winterspun shawl…which was a lady thing…but the hat came out looking possibly more suitable for a little boy.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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I have another month or so until hats for Mom Number Two are due. Wish me luck


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