My sweet little nephew is turning one – so I thought I’d knit him a winter hat for his big, meatball head. This pattern is by Kim Hamlin, and it is from the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. The project is listed under the 2-4 Hour Projects chapter, and from the time I started to the time I wove in my last end, it ended up taking me about 6 hours to make.
I love quick projects like this! The beauty of this hat is definitely how customizable it is…I started by adding some variegated stripes to the body, to break up what would have been a sea of navy blue. Then, I knit the ear-flaps as written, but using the gray yarn, did a single crochet around the perimeter of each flap for contrast:
I know what you’re thinking – this looks way to big for a one-year old. Well, that one-year old has a head circumference of 20″. The pattern sizing puts him in the ‘child‘ size bracket, which is listed as 20 1/2″. This is why we call him meatball. It may be a little large for him, but he will most certainly grow into it over the winter.
Here are the details:
- Pattern: Kim’s Hats by Kim Hamlin
- Source:Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, pages 61-63
- Yarn:Cascade 220 in Navy (8393) and Gray (8400), one skein each
- Needles: Size US9 16″ circulars and US9 dpns
- Size Made: Child
- Ravelry:Project Page
I will be hand-delivering the hat to him tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see him in it! I promise to take a picture for you all…have a great weekend! ~J