Hats seem to be becoming my go-to for baby shower gifts. I like to give something personal to go along with the registry gift. What I love about baby hats are the infinite possibilities for cuteness. Everything looks cuter when it’s baby-sized, but also babies can pull off some spectacular hats in ways that adults never could.
I prefer Caron Simply Soft yarn for baby hats because it has a glossy sheen that gives the hat a polished edge without blocking, it’s easy to clean, and best of all it’s soft. I wouldn’t want to put a rough and scratchy material on a baby. Maybe yarn snobs will say I’m not being fancy, but it doesn’t make sense to me to spend $28 on a skein for a project that the child will inevitably grow out of quite quickly.
My yarn stash has gotten a little out of control, so I’ve been challenging myself to not buy yarn this year unless a pattern specifically calls for a size/amount that I do not already possess. Hence why I decided on the white yarn. I had a skein of Caron Simply Soft in white from a previous project. My Nonna also gifted me her yarn stash, and the details are done in yarn from her collection. Unfortunately, her yarn didn’t have any labels so I don’t have any information about the pink or grey yarns.
I free-styled the pattern for this hat. The body is a basic stockinette-stitch beanie with a ribbed edge. The outer and inner ears and nose are knit separately and sewn on. The whiskers are embroidered on last. I tried to also embroider eyes, but I’m not very good at embroidery. After several attempts, each yielding eyes slightly crazier than the last, I decided that no eyes was better than crazy eyes.
I’m happy with how this hat turned out, and I’m looking forward to sending this off to my cousin who is expecting their first child soon!