Knitters and Baby Hats

Simple baby hat made with love and a clean, I-cord cast on.

Our town librarian is about to have a baby. In a small, rural town like ours, I would wager the librarian is the single, most significant person. She keeps us connected to the bigger universe, opens our children’s eyes to reading, and never complains when Reed pulls out ten books from the shelves before returning them all to the wrong places.

Bless her heart.Simple baby hat with an ICord Cast On

If I were to put my finger on one single knitterly obligation to the human race, it would be knitting baby hats for the brand new among us. Sure, some knitters get ambitious with blankets, layettes, and the like (okay, so knitting options for babies are basically adorably endless…), but I have thus far primarily stuck with baby hats because I almost always have some suitable yarn laying about. Plus they are a quick project.

I personally recommend always having a pile of completed baby hats at the ready, as pregnant woman seems to pop up like spring tulips. One days there’s none. The next day, they are everywhere.

A knitter must always be prepared.Knitted hat for a baby.

This hat is a simple I-cord cast on and stockinette all the way up. I made it a while back when I was trying to perfect my preferred technique for cleaning joining an I-cord cast on in the round when I was developing Samoa. (As a general rule, I would recommend baby hats as an efficient way to work out details for adult-sized patterns.)

I hithered and dithered a bit about the color. Is grey suitable for a baby? I decided yes, plus it’s neutral. Like so many women I know, this future mom is going to be surprised by the gender of her child. As an ardent planner, this irks me to no end. (I hear they are now predicting gender at 12 weeks with the genetic blood screening instead of making suffering future parents wait to the 20 week body scan?!?! Oh the times!) Advanced knowledge of gender results in a more refined color selection for the knitted baby gift, which is of course paramount in priority to any sort of “surprise.”

At least I think so.

Who knows, maybe there is something cosmic about placing a hand knit hat atop the soft head of a babe that increases the odds they will enjoy knitting later in life. It’s our unofficial recruitment strategy for the trade.


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