|Lucky's best friend, Dede, is the perfect model for newborn sized hats.|
I'm always worried about the sizing of newborn hats. I realized that for this hat, it doesn't really matter if it fits above the ears because it would look more like a Mickey Mouse Beanie if it did! Instead of adding any extra rows I'm going to go ahead and just stop when the pattern says to stop. The hat measured ~3.25" long when I was done with the 9 black rounds.
Before staring this project I posted on the ChemKnits Facebook page, "Three cheers for another stashbusting project. Three boos for knowing you will need to re-order these yarns because they are useful to have in your stash." Somehow so many of my projects end up using white, black and red yarn! I always try to keep Wool of the Andes in these colors in my stash because time and time again I want to make something with them. Thankfully, I did not have enough Red yarn for the next Richter Stocking I will have to make this year so I will need to order more of that anyway. This project used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn in Coal (black), Red and White for the buttons.
For the buttons I did a magic circle with 10 hdc around and then joined. I fastened off and stitched these buttons to the front of the hat.
The final hat measures 5" deep x 6" wide.
The only real concern I have about this project is that the family lives in California and the baby is due in August. It is a bit warm for a wool hat but I hope that they will appreciate the gesture nevertheless. Newborn hats make great outfits for dolls and stuffed animals after they're outgrown, so it is a gift that can last slightly beyond one picture. There is no doubt that this is an ADORABLE hat!