Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Chevron Hat for a New Baby

One of my crochet club friends is expecting her first baby at the end of the summer!  She is a fantastic crocheter but doesn't know how to knit, so I decided to whip out one of my favorite hat patterns, the Chevron Baby Hat.  (Disclaimer, this pattern is my favorite because I designed it!)  I selected comfy worsted in marlin (15 g, 33 yards) and light blue (13 g, 28 yards) and my size 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles.

My friends are going to wait to find out the sex of the baby until the birth.  This means that I want to make a hat that is gender neutral, but I didn't want to go full on green and yellow since I'm sure they're going to get a lot of those colors.  I opted for some blues, and just in case the baby is a girl I whipped up a quick crochet flower that could be sewn on if desired.  

I could have gone with teal and grey, but those were the colors I used the LAST time I knit the chevron baby hat, and I wanted to have some variety in my project page.  I also wanted to try out thicker stripes, so I'm going to change colors after every 4 rows versus every 2 as written in the pattern.  I knit 6.5 entire big stripes before starting the decreases.   

I chose a simple 5 petal flower for the embellishment.  I left the loose ends on the back of the flower so it could be secured to the hat if necessary. I used a size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook for the flower.

I really like the flower against the chevron.  I think I might embellish more of my designs in the future!