Four of my friends just had babies this past month. Of course this means it's knitting time! I thought that knitting a baby hat would be easy - just take an adult size hat, and scale it down, right? So I set to work, and made something that was way too small - apparently newborn heads are larger than I thought. Fail #1. My second try was more or less the right circumference, but was too deep and didn't stretch much as I used a very heavy textured yarn. Fail #2. Third times a charm, and this one came out perfect. Now that I've got it down, this super adorable hat is a pretty quick project for any expectant parents out there, and can easily be sized up for kids and adults.
Step 1: Supplies
You can use whatever yarn you like, but I recommend not using anything too bulky unless you are using very large needles, as you'll want your hat to have a lot of stretch. I also prefer natural fibers for blocking purposes.
I used the following:
- Lion Brand organic cotton yarn, with scraps of white for the eyes and orange for the beak.
- Size 9 double pointed needles (you may want to use a different size depending on what yarn you use)
- Crochet hook (not super important what size, I used an F)
- 2 buttons for pupils
- Heavy thread to attach pupils (buttons) to crochet white eyes
- Large eyed needle, big enough to thread yarn through for attaching pieces to hat (not pictured). You could do this with a crochet hook too, but I found it much faster to do it with a needle.