Monday, November 25, 2013

A Little Pumpkin

Knitting seems to have ground to a halt, here in "We Just Had a New Baby" land..... and while I understand that this is a good thing, I sure miss my de-compressing, de-stressing, relaxing vigil of late night crafting.  However, all is not lost!  My hubby graciously agreed to hold the little one for a couple of hours so that I could knit this darling (and oh so seasonal) little hat!

The only problem?  I specifically, and apparently very deliberately, ordered the wrong weight yarn from KnitPicks.  I got the right weight for the stem (in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Superwash, Bamboo Heather in worsted) and the wrong weight for the pumpkin body (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Pumpkin in sport weight).  Too bad almost the entire hat is knit in the orange!!!

After some fiddling and swatch testing (and guessing), I hit upon the perfect solution.  I cast on 80 stitches (the amount suggested for the medium sized hat) on size 6 needles.  I can't tell you how many times during the course of its construction that I looked at it and thought..... "There is NO WAY that is going to fit her... It's going to be SOOOO BIG!"  But.... now it's finished....

And it fits perfectly!  Just in time for Halloween and the Thanksgiving holiday (might as well get two holidays out of it, after all!)  Here's my project page on Ravelry.

There's just something about a baby in a hat that resembles a piece of fruit... you know :)