20 Jul 2010
This is my latest original pattern. It is a newborn hat I call “Off the Vine” Sweet Pea hat.
I had been tossing around baby hat ideas in my head for a while. I really wanted to participate in the KnitMore Girls newborn/preemie hat challenge. But nothing I was working out was coming out the way I was planning. Then my search for a sweet pea hat happened when a friend wanted to commission me for a “pea pod” hat for twins that her friend was having. Then it clicked together for me.
My inspiration was from this sweet pea image I found:
I thought this was so cute and simple. I used size 8 dpn’s with Lion’s Brand Organic Cotton yarn. I wanted something to give it an organic look. This is what I came up with…
I added the picot edge to make it sit sweetly on the new babies face.
I wanted to make it simple. The baby is the key to this hat. I wanted it to look very organic and used a heavier weight cotton yarn to give it a natural feel. I wanted the baby to look like they were just picked off the vine.
The top is decreased with a long icord that is tacked down to make it curl without adding any wire or something to stiffen it. It is soft and simple. It really came out like a pea pod top. I am very happy with it. I plan on writing up a pattern soon. What do you think?