Tuesday, August 14, 2007


I found this Sweet Baby Cap pattern through someone's blog and decided to try it out with some leftover sock yarn in my stash.

It took me one evening to knit it up. I used bigger needles than what the pattern called for (2.75mm and 3.25mm) because that's what I had on hand.

Tonight at KOL I asked Gabe if he minded being my hat model. He's quite secure in his masculinity, so he agreed:

Sweet Baby Cap

I really can't tell which is cutest, the hat or the baby. Oh, let's face it, the baby is cutest.

Pattern notes: The pattern starts with 7 rows of garter stitch and then there are instructions for the increase/decrease round that give the hat its distinctive shape. The next line states:

Repeat these increases and decreases every other round for 8 (9) 10 more rounds.

While this may seem confusing, if you look closely at the photos on the blog, you can see that there are 8 rows with increases, therefore, to clarify the pattern:

Round 1: Increase decrease pattern
Round 2: Knit

Repeat these two rounds 8 (9) 10 times (making a total of 16 (18) 20 rounds)

I like the hat so much that I want one for myself.


  1. the pattern link just sends me back to your blog :( and chance of an edit? it's too adorable!

  2. That is a very cute hat... I may have to keep that in mind for the new niece or nephew that is coming into my life in February.

  3. Steph, I think I might have a side view, where you can see how nicely it covers his ears. I'll send it to you. It's one seriously cute hat!

  4. Thanks Alison - that would be great.

  5. This week has brought news that I have THREE friends having babies early in the new year. I may have to get cracking on that hat!

    Gabe is too darned adorable.

  6. Adorable... cute hat too.

  7. CUTE! Such a cute hat! Cute baby!



    Pattern relinkage, please?

  8. Nevah mind.

    <-- need coffee.

  9. Anonymous6:01 a.m.

    Very, very cute!! Hat and baby.
    I'm off to look up that pattern. Thanks for sharing

  10. I take full credit for the baby cuteness. I make really cute babies.

    (smiles smugly)

  11. Hey Steph, did the e-mail come through ok with the pics? I have 2 more to send, but I wanted to make sure you got those ones first.

  12. Anonymous10:45 a.m.

    So cute!

    It reminds me of EZ's ganomy hat.

  13. that is really cute! I saved the link to the pattern to knit for the 2 youngest nephews for Christmas 9hopefully!) What kind of sock yarn is yours knit from? there are a few single 50 g balls of Regia in my stash in blues that would be cute as the hat, with matching socks, and possibly mittens (I've never had much luck with mittens- but could get away with thumbless mittens for the boys - they are both under 1 year old!)

  14. I'm about to attempt this hat myself! Hope it comes out as cute as yours did :)
    Did you use double-pointed needles or circular?

  15. Oh, hurrah! Thank you for posting about the number of initial decrease/increase rounds. I too thought that only 8-10 rounds of the whole pattern sounded pretty short, and when I looked at the pics, I could see at least 8 increases. Glad to get some corroboration before I got to that part of the hat!

  16. Anonymous5:25 p.m.

    Thank you for the clarification on the pattern! (I saw your comment on raverly and came here).

    I have a question though: it says to knit in stockinette stich, so the round 2 shouldn't be purl instead of knit?

    Thank you in advance for your response. I am trying to knit that hat, and it doesn't look like what it supposed to look.

  17. Hi Anonymous! If you look closely at the original instructions, you'll see that this project is knit in the round, which means you don't need to alternate between knit and purl rows in the body of the hat. (because you will always be working on the outside of the hat)

    I actually knit the garter stitch band flat and then joined it in the round (stitchin up the edges of the band afterward). HOWEVER, if you are a beginning knitter, I would do it exactly as the pattern states.

    So, cast on your stitches, join them in the round, work the garter stitch band (knitting one row and purling the next), then switch to just knitting for the remainder of the hat. Does that make sense? You can contact me on Ravelry if you need more help.

  18. Anonymous4:25 p.m.

    Thank you so much for replying!

    I get it now! I didn't know that when you're knitting with circular needles, your need to knit and purl row to get the garter stich. (such a beginner..)

    Now, I am struggling with the decrease part.
    It says to do "only" the decrease every other round.

    Does it mean like

    round 1: k1, k18 (18) 19, slip 1 - knit 2 tog tbl - passo, k 18 (19) 20 k1..... k 18 (18) 19, k1

    round 2: knit

    Or if it's only the decrease like

    round 1: slip 1 - knit 2tog tbl

    round 2: knit

    Thank you again.. I restarted my knittin at least 5 times.. arg!

    By the way, I couldn't find you on raverly. Is your name is Steph VW?

  19. I am on Rav as stephvw.

    To answer your question:

    Let's say you're knitting the smallest size.
    You'll repeat rows 1 and 2 a total of 9 times (in other words, you'll have knit 18 rounds) with both the increases and decreases. This will make the "straight" part of the hat (essentially, the part that goes from the ears to the part where your head starts to curve).

    Then, you'll start decreasing for the pointy top, so you'll continue knitting the same rows, only leaving out the increases (just knit past those stitces). You'll see that your increases and decreases will line up so when it comes time to do the decreases only, you'll be able to see where they should go.

    Does that make sense?

  20. Anonymous4:44 p.m.

    Ok, but just to be sure,
    round 1: decrease thing
    round 2: knit ?

    If it's like that, the thing that I don't get it's how you should end up with 11 stiches when the first decrease only appear after 19 stiches.