Babies grow. We shall all pause for a moment to take on board that life changing revelation. It’s a bit of a double edged sword for a knitter, on the one hand you’re a little sad that all this growing means they no longer fit those really cute little cardies and hats and mittens that you made when they were a bump but on the other hand, it means it’s time for more knitting.
And as Pip has got to the point where the lovely little blue hat I made back when he was still Baby Pinky no longer covers his ears, and sort of sits on the top of his head until he wriggles out of it and throws it out of the buggy it’s time for a new hat.
Fortunately while babies grow fast, I can still knit faster, and a couple of evenings later our tiny boy had a brand new hat to keep him nice and snug on our expeditions.
It is a truly serendipitous hat; a quick rifling of the stash revealed a bag of Rooster Almerino Aran left over I think from a kit to make a strawberry tea cozy (which I made despite the fact that we don’t own a teapot) and there on the very front page of my Ravelry pattern search was the Golden Pear. A sweet little baby hat using three different colours of aran, just the thing for leftovers. It was meant to be.
Well it was meant to be with a little bit of tweaking anyway. The original pattern was designed for a newborn hat and as we have already established, I very definitely do not have a newborn, so I increased by two repeats and cast on 80 sts. I also added a little length; I knit 10 rounds of rib and then 6 rounds each of the plain green and plain cream to make sure that it lasts at least the rest of the winter. For what it’s worth, Pip’s head is 17.5 inches around and he weighs 19lbs. Today he does anyway.
And I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. I like that it’s not all little boy blue, I think the loop on the top is fantastic for gently removing hats from sleeping babies and I absolutely love how soft and fluffy it is. No amount of English weather is going to give my boy chilly ears through that. Rooster Almerino is one of my favourite yarns that I’ve never knit something for myself from. Kitty’s first cardigan was made from Almerino DK and she was just such a cuddly little baby all wrapped up in it I didn’t even care that I was all too frequently hand washing baby sick out of it. Or that the delightfully gender neutral green I’d chosen really set off her jaundice a treat! I’ve got that cardigan tucked away in her memory box along with the rest of her first outfit and one day I’ll pull it all out and we can wonder that my lanky daughter was ever that tiny. It’s so soft and warm and snuggly and one day (one day when I have less existing stash, more time and more disposable income) I’m definitely going to knit myself a Rooster jumper. Probably in red.
But until then I have a boy with cosy ears and just enough leftovers left that I’m thinking about matching mittens – it has to be done doesn’t it.