Here it is lying flat...
And here it is standing up, with the brim turned up...
As I mentioned yesterday, this little beanie is made with 100% cashmere. Extravagant, not to mention impractical, I know. Piggy is not a mother, but she ain't stupid, either. I know that hand-wash-only items aren't likely to be favourites on new-mama Jen's list.
But it is oh-so-soft. It's scrumptious. And, because the yarn is discontinued, I got it at the comparatively rock-bottom price of $7/ball at Elann. Amid the feeding frenzy that is an Elann sale, I managed to get out with my life and three balls of this very pretty red shade, which, alas, doesn't look nice on Piggy. If I didn't use the yarn, it would be taking up room in the stash. And who better to knit for than a new (and tiny = fewer stitches = theoretically greater chance of project completion) babe?
Besides, (Piggy can rationalize anything, if you hadn't figured it out yet) , a newborn's noggin is probably the part least likely to get pooped or spit up on, so a hat probably won't need much washing anyway.
Hopefully I'll have photos of the beanie being worn by Miss Emily soon.
Yarn: Lana Gatto Presitge, Colour 10095
Needles: 3.25mm/US3 double points
I'm happy with the pattern; the instructions are super-clear, and the end result very sweet. My only quibble with the hat is in my knitting, rather than the pattern.
There are ladders. I used five dpns (the first time I've done so) rather than four, as I gather this is supposed to cut down on the ladders. I also made sure to knit the first and last stitches on each needle snugly. Mid-way through, I started knitting the first stitch of each needle onto the previous needle, rather than the "free" one. That helped a bit, but I wonder...how would that work for a pattern that was something more complicated than straight stockinette?
This isn't usually an issue for me; I've yet to try sock knitting (with one short-lived exception), and I normally knit hats on a circular needle, which pretty much eliminates the problem.
How do you prevent ladders when using dpns?