I started this little hat a few days ago, and worked on it whenever I got the chance, enjoying every single stitch. I worked on it while walking around the yard with a herd of children and chickens and of course Beatrix on my back, during a cozy late evening snuggled in a chair with Seth, and while lying on a quilt in the yard with Moses and Bea.
GinnySheller’s simple newborn hat with a touch of lace:
I used a set of 12″ round circular needles in a size 4, rather than using size four double points for the entire hat. Of course you do need the size 4 double points when you start decreasing. I used part of one skein of Knit Picks shine sport yarn for this hat because it is soft, washable, and the cotton blend will be perfect for the August born Georgia baby I knit it for, but any sport or dk weight yarn would do.
Gauge is 6 stitches = 1 inch
The finished size will fit a small newborn sized head. This hat is roughly 13.5″ in circumfrence. If you want to make it a bit bigger, you can always add stitches in a multiple of 9 with each nine stitches adding about 1.5″ And if you do add stitches you can probably bump up to 16″ circular needles. I already had the 12″ set, and I wanted the hat really small. It seems that knit hats are always too big for a brand new baby.
(This is the end of the lace part of the pattern)
When you have knit to your preferred length,