I told you I had baby knitting in the works, right? Well, I've been swatching my ass off, and if it weren't 0-dark-thirty right now, I might even take a boring photo of my swatches to show you. My fascination with the difference between my straight gauge and circular gauge on the same needles aside, I actually have a point related to my headline.
So yesterday I was thinking about the problem of baby hats. Most of the cute ones are brimless, and babies need their faces shaded from the sun. A couple of years ago I made a brimmed baby hat by picking up stitches along the bottom and increasing energetically around for an inch and a half or so, then adding a picot edge. I ended up with a brim so curly it reminded me of a cuttlefish. (Oh my god, I'm in love with this guy. What a face--how could anyone eat them?) I can't find the analog snapshot of the hat right now, or I'd show you. Anyway, I never went back and perfected the pattern, although somewhere in the depths of my stash cabinet is the beginning of another one.
So yesterday I was thinking about baby bucket hats, and since I saw someone on BART wearing a very nice-looking crocheted bucket hat I considered crossing the aisle, just this once. Then I thought, "if the stitch is open enough, I could thread a jaunty little ribbon through for a hatband, and if I wanted to make it truly practical, I'd make I-cord ties to fasten it under the chin. ..." After a little more thinking about what stash yarn I might use for this hat, and the fact that I'd really prefer to knit it, I went back to finishing the swatches for the already-planned baby gear. (I know about Bonne Marie's bucket, and there's a pattern in last winter's IK that I could adapt ... both were also possibilities.)
This morning, I find in my e-mail, that someone has designed the perfect baby hat. I'm not proud. I will adopt Miss Dashwood happily. The baby boy who is the object of all this fervid planning probably won't get bobbles and a picot edge, and I think I'll skip the earflaps. But this could be my new favorite pattern. I'll report back.