Friday, September 30, 2011

Newborn Viking Hat

Wonder of wonders, I'm posting the latest hat to leave my needles... if only because it had to be wrapped up to go to a baby shower yesterday. Nevertheless, I shall celebrate-- huzzah!

It's a simplified and scaled-down version of my Baby Viking Hat, which looks comparatively gargantuan:

Project Notes

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted-- which happens to be one of my least favorite yarns. I have quite a bit left over from a baby blanket, and out of some perverse sense of duty, I have been knitting my way through it-- this didn't even use up one skein. Sigh.

Pattern: My own-- still unpublished. Someday, I promise.

Modifications: I made the horns smaller and omitted the earflaps-- newborn Vikings lacking the manual dexterity to yank off their helmets. I also substituted garter stitch for the fancier stitch patterns used in the original version-- I didn't think they would read well in a smaller format.

Etc: The hat was a hit with the mother-to-be-- parents, it seems, like to think of their children as bloodthirsty marauders. I can't wait to see it on the little guy, who should be arriving any day now!

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