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One of my favourite things to do right now is to knit incredibly cute baby clothes which I desperately wish that I could pull off myself. Tiny wee hats and baby knitwear that you cannot possibly imagine a human being ever fitting. (Though, a disclaimer for my friends and family: there is no pitter-patter of tiny feet before anyone gets too excited!)
As mentioned in my last blog post, My Paintbox Yarns Simply DK review, I recently had the opportunity to try some of the Paintbox Yarns range from LoveCrafts. As I had a baby clothes project in mind, I knew I had to put some thought into my chosen yarn. When knitting baby clothes, it’s important to use soft wool that is non-irritating and easy to clean. I enjoy knitting with DK yarns as they’re lightweight, soft, versatile and most importantly, easy to work with. With this in mind, I chose to try the Paintbox Yarns Simply DK for my latest project.
Inspired by decadent fondant treats, sweet Spring/Summer tone and wanting to create something in pretty pastels, I came up with a simple little pattern that I like to call the Battenberg Baby. Using Paintbox colours; Banana Cream (120), Seafoam Blue (131), CandyFloss Pink (149) and Bubblegum Pink (150)*, the Battenberg Baby hat design is an adorable addition to any new born’s wardrobe.
*This is wool and colours that I used but you can interchange with other products.
Battenberg Baby Knit Hat Pattern – Fits a New Born
- 1 ball of each chosen coloured yarn
- 4mm straight single pointed knitting needles
- Stitch counter (optional)
1st Row: Slip 1 stitch and knit to the end of the row
Repeat this row 11 times (12th row)
——Change colours at this point and after every 12th row———-
*13th Row: S1, knit to end of row
14th Row: S1, purl to last st, k1*
*Repeat the last 2 rows 12 more times (38th row)
Shaping the Top –
39th Row: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1 (45sts)
40th Row: S1, purl to last st, k1
41st Row: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1 (34sts)
42nd Row: S1, purl to last st, k1
43rd Row: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1 (23sts)
44th Row: S1, purl to last st, k1
45th Row: K2tog across row to last st, k1 (12sts)
Cut approximately half an arm* of yarn for the tail.
Using a yarn needle, cast off by pulling the yarn through all the remaining loops. Sew up the hat by creating a side seam and weave in the ends.
*Length of yarn needed to sew up depends on how many coloured yarns you used in your hat
To create this multi-coloured baby hat, knit 12 rows of each colour, keeping note of the rows when you change colours.
When changing yarns, you want to do it when you are knitting the ‘wrong’ side of the pattern, this will mean there will be a seamless transition of your chosen colours on the outward-facing section of your design. This will be the right side of your knitting. Check out this helpful video tutorial from LoveCrafts for further assistance on how to change colours when knitting.
The Battenberg Baby knit hat is adorable and is a lovely gift for parents and their newborn, especially when paired with a matching pair of booties or a cardigan. One of my favourite patterns is one from LoveCrafts pattern library by Jacknitts, designed for premature babies this pattern is so adorable and dainty.
Getting more into baby knitwear has me in disbelief that anyone can be that small and has me wondering… Can I adapt these patterns for my size?
Until next time,