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brit0602
« on: November 29, 2006 08:42:53 AM »

Hey all!  I've just been asked by one of my best friends to make a newborn hat that her baby can wear home from the hospital when she is born.  She is due in January and they live in a very cold climate.  I was hoping to get ideas or pattern links to some warm, soft baby hats.  I don't want anything too simple in order to be appropriate for the occasion and to keep some excitement in the project.  I've thought maybe a two layer hat with the top layer being lace.  But I just don't know...  Yarn suggestions would be great too b/c I've never done anything for a baby.  Thanks so much for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2006 05:21:43 PM »

Choose something that's not wool (avoid allergies that way Smiley).

Newborn's heads are very delicate, so I'd avoid making something that requires stretching to get it to fit, a) to avoid injury and b) a little big is fine, because then the baby can wear it longer! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006 11:08:23 AM »

I was  thinking of using Angora, but is it going to be soft and warm enough?  I've never used it and I'm dying to try it.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006 11:28:02 AM »

angora is pretty soft.  Might be okay.  Wool of some sort is going to be warmest.  You could always make a liner with cotton or fleece for the inside.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006 02:47:13 PM »

What about an angora bonnet with a flannel type lining? That way you won't have to try and stretch it over her little head.

I love this one:
http://www.debbyware.com/product.aspx?sku=HCP
...but it may be a bit much for a newborn.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006 11:21:24 PM »

might i suggest cashmere blend?  baby head are super sensitive when they come out of the hospital.  you wouldn't need much, and if you knit it in lace or even just a fancy stitch you would really be making something special.

btw, i just had a baby nearly a year ago, and i knit her a bazillion things in pure wool.  well, turns ouut she was extremely sensitive to it and would scream bloody murder when i would put that stuff on her.  and i used a supersoft merino.  the only thing she "agreed" to wear was cashmere.  I would hate to see you knit up an amazing hat, only for it to be rejected by baby, hence the cashmere suggestion.  otherwise, go for cotton.  its a 100% sure thing. 

and another thing:  ONLY hats and MAYBE booties should be knit with cashmere, because you don't have to wash them often.  use cotton for sweaters so mom can toss it in the wash if baby spits up or "leaks". 
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2006 01:09:32 PM »

Hi! I posted two baby hat patterns in my blog recently and will probably post two more soon! I've used Bunny hop yarn from Crystal palace yarns. It's a little bit chunky, colorful and very soft. If you prefer to use another kind of yarn I think it will be very easy to substitute, I include a link to see the details of that yarn.
http://bagfullofyarn.blogspot.com/2006/12/two-hats-for-december-babies.html
http://www.straw.com/cpy/yarns/bunny_hop.html
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2006 01:56:11 PM »

www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby_pixiehat.htm

This is a cute hat and woudld be warm, though it isn't lacy.
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brit0602
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2006 02:43:09 PM »

Wow, I went out of town for a couple of days and came back to some great suggestions!  Thanks!  The bonnet idea was great to help it say on without being too tight.  And great job on yours drcliquet!  I really appreciate the patterns too!  Cashmere is another really good idea!  I was wondering if the pixie hat link was working for any one else b/c I couldn't get there.  Thank you so much, needless to say I think I will be making more than one hat for her. haha...keep them coming b/c I have some more babies I just found out about coming in the later months.  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006 03:50:44 PM »

The pixie hat link isn't working for me either. Also it is not listed on their pattern page anymore but you can get to it by going to the hat pattern page scroll about half way down to the "Adult Pixie Hat" and in the thrid column over there is a link to the baby hat.

If that doesn't work try Crystal Palace Yarns homepage, then go to patterns, hats, and look.

It is a very cute hat.

By the way I don't think you should worry about stretching a hat over a baby's head - have you ever tried dressing a baby - because their heads are so much bigger (proportionally) than the rest of them most all tops are tight.
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