A homemade hat is a great gift for a baby shower or a new baby! It is quick and easy to make a baby hat that is fun and functional. There are several things you will need to consider before starting your hat.
When knitting something in a circle, such as a hat, there are several different types of knitting needles you can use. Double pointed needles can be used, but many people find these confusing. When using double-pointed needles the project is kept on three needles and a fourth needle is used for the knitting. While it may be confusing at first, they are quite easy to use once you get the hang of it. If you use double-pointed needles be sure to use ones made of wood. Yarn tends to slip on needles made of aluminum, which can make it harder to keep track of the stitches.
Many people choose to use a circular knitting needle because it is easier to use as you aren’t constantly switching needles. However, as you decrease when you get to the top of the hat you will have to switch to double-pointed needles because the stitches will begin to stretch. Another alternative is to knit the hat on normal knitting needles and then stitch it together to form a hat after you finish with the knitting. There are many patterns out there that use these methods. Just be sure to choose the style of knitting that works best for you.
Choosing the correct type of yarn is important, too. If the hat will be used in winter, you may want to use a warmer yarn such as a wool blend. If the hat will be used in summer, be sure to use a lightweight yarn. Some yarn manufacturers make yarn specifically for baby projects. Whatever type of yarn you choose, make sure you choose a yarn that is soft so it won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin. For most types of patterns, you won’t need too much yarn, so you can buy small amounts. This is also a great project to use up some of your extra yarn from other projects.
There are many different and fun patterns for a baby hat. There are patterns that will shape the hat so the baby looks like a kitten, Santa, frog, even a little devil! Of course, there are plenty of patterns for just basic hats if that is what you prefer. If you are an experienced knitter, making the hat colorful can make it more fun! A quick search on the internet will yield many different possible knitting patterns. Or you can go to your local crafts store to find a pattern book. The local library should have several different books with knitting patterns, too.
When knitting a baby hat it is VERY important to check your gauge before starting. If you skip this step, all your hard work could go to waste! The hat could be too big or too small. When checking your gauge be sure to use the same yarn you will use for your project. Then adjust the size of the knitting needles as needed.
A homemade baby hat is a great gift for a new baby. If you follow these guidelines, your hat will be a welcomed gift by the new parents!A homemade baby