Baby Sunhat

When my nephew was born 1 month ago, I went on a hat knitting binge.  I did 3 hats in about 3 weeks.  Two for my nephew and one for my 6 month old son.  It started with leftover yarn from the first hat I did for my nephew and I wanted to make a sun hat for my son out of the left over yarn.  I just struck off and made my own pattern.


I have loved designing this pattern. I knew I was getting close to starting to design my own. I just didn’t know when it would happen.

A word of caution — unless you want a huge hat, don’t use this pattern with sport weight on 6’s. A friend of mine did and ended up with a hat she could wear. I think the elastic of fixation is a key to this hat.

Daniel’s Baby Sunhat
By Autum Smith

US 5 set of 5 double points
US 5 16” circular
Size F crochet hook

Cascasde Fixation – 2 balls (50 grams)
Newborn – Pumpkin & Olive Green
6 months – Poppies & Pumpkin

Gauge 7 stitches = 1 inch

Size Newborn (6 months)

For Both Sizes
Cast on 4
Round 1 Join in the round, as if doing I-cord. K1 f&b of each stitch (8 stitches)
All even rounds 2-20 Knit
Round 3 K1 f&b 8 times (16 stitches)
Round 5 *LRinc K2* repeat 8 times (24 stitches)
Round 7 *LRinc K3* repeat 8 times (32 stitches)
Round 9 *LRinc K4* repeat 8 times (40 stitches)
Round 11 *LRinc K5* repeat 8 times (48 stitches)
Round 13 *LRinc K6* repeat 8 times (56 stitches)
Round 15 *LRinc K7* repeat 8 times (64 stitches)
Round 17 *LRinc K8* repeat 8 times (72 stitches)
Round 19 *LRinc K9* repeat 8 times (80 stitches)

For Infant size
Round 21-23 Knit (3 rounds)
Round 24 *LRinc K10* repeat 8 times (88 stitches)
Round 25-28 Knit (4 rounds)
Round 29 *LRinc K11* repeat 8 times (96 stitches)
Round 30 & following Knit until hat is desired depth about 16 rounds or about 8 inches when hat is folded in half.

For 6 month size
Round 21 *LRinc K10* repeat 8 times (88 stitches)
Round 22 – 24 Knit (3 rounds)
Round 25 *LRinc K11* repeat 8 times (96 stitches)
Round 26 – 29 Knit (4 rounds)
Round 30 *LRinc K12* repeat 8 times (104 stitches)
Round 31 – 35 Knit (5 rounds)
Round 36 *LRinc K13* repeat 8 times (112 stitches)
Round 37 & following Knit until hat is desired depth about 16 rounds or 10 inches when hat is folded in half

For both hats
Round 1 *K2, yo, K2tog* 24 (28) times,
Round 2–4 Knit (3 rounds)
Or
Knit 4 rounds if you do not desire an eyelet row

Brim – change color then
Round 1 *LRinc K4* repeat 24 (28) times (120 (140) stitches)
Round 2 – 3 Knit (2 rounds)
Round 4 *LRinc K5* repeat 24 (28) times (144 (168) stitches)
Round 5 – 7 Knit (3 rounds)
Round 8 *LRinc K6* repeat 24 (28) times (168 (196) stitches)
Round 9 – 12 Knit (4 rounds)
Round 13 *LRinc K7* repeat 24 (28) times (192 (224) stitches)
Round 14 – 15 Knit (2 rounds)
Cast off

Cords: Chain 2 cords and weave through eyelet holes. I overlapped them over the ears, to help hold the hat on better.

Terms
K= knit
K1 f&b = knit 1 front and back
LRinc = right lifted increase (for instructions on how to do see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYOYMJBGxrw)
YO = yarn over
K2 tog = knit 2 stitches together

Note: If you are using K1 f&b instead of LRinc, decrease the number of stitches knitted after the increase by 1.

Fixation makes it easier to close the top of the hat by starting your knitting as I-cord. I just used 2 DPN until I got past the first 3 rounds using K1 f&b , then added in the rest of my DPNs.

I plan on getting this up as a free pdf download on Ravelry soon. If you would a pdf before I get it up leave me a comment and I can email it to you.

Pdf is now available on Ravelry.  Finally figured out how to do it! (6/5/10)

No wonder we don’t walk

One of the blogs I read just posted a link to Walk Score.  Very interesting.  I checked a few addresses, our old address that we moved from 2 years ago 78, very walkable.  Our current address 6, car dependent.  My mom’s address 12, car dependent.

You can definitely tell the difference even that 6 points make between our current house and my mom’s.  I did a lot more walking when I lived at my moms and almost none at our current house.  BIG excuse for not walking here and pretty legitimate, we live on a busy country road that cars are already going 55 or more by the time they get to our house and we are only 1/2 mile off the highway.  It is not safe to take kids walking down the road.

At our old house it was easy to go for a mile or 2 walk .  We just had to pick which triangle we wanted to walk.  It wasn’t uncommon for us to walk down to the libary or to the convience store.  You can tell the lack of easy walking in both Russ and my weight.

We need to get ourselves down to the rail trail to walk.  It is only a mile from our house.  Of course, we will drive to the parking area nearby.