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« on: October 23, 2004 01:30:12 PM »

I have a little question for all you parents, older siblings, and baby-caretakers out there....how bad are hats that tie under the chin for your average 1.5 year old? I mean do the tassels immediately go in the mouth for a good chew? Or is it worth the chewing to have the hat stay on? I'm making my niece a hat for xmas and I think it would look cute with earflaps and pompons on the tie strings, just not sure it would be a good idea. (incedently, if anyone out there knows a nice simple pattern for a child's hat with earflaps, I'm all ears Wink although I may just wing it)

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2004 02:03:27 PM »

no clue about munchkins chewing on hats, but the kittyville hat pattern is really simple and has both earflaps and pompoms....

use this pattern for the basic design...add whatever you want on the top...

ime: most kids like to chew on anything, i figure as long as the hat is clean, it shouldn't be a problem. and the texture of most yarn will turn off most kids...*gets that annoying squeaky sound of wool on teeth....ickkkkkk*

but if they get it wet enough, they will nibble all the time...but it's a kid! let 'em chew....
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2004 02:08:07 PM »

the kid might chew on it but that's really no big deal.  Keeps em occupied!  My son is a bit over 1.5 years and doesn't OFTEN chew on things like that, but he does occasionally.  Like has already been said, as long as the item as clean, there's really no harm in it. 

« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2004 05:41:04 PM »

I don't have kids, but i have 5 nieces & nephews and many friends with kids (I'm a born auntie-- no interest in being a mommy)...  and I know from all that baby/toddler interaction that some kids automatically put EVERYTHING in their mouths, some kids hardly ever do.  My best friend has twins and when they were smaller, they put everything in their mouths, sucked on stuffed animals, sweater sleeves, phone cords, licked carpet to see what it felt like, etc. 

My advice would be to ask the parent if it would bother them (the parent).  Obviously if the knit object is a surprise, this won't work, but it seems that some parents are far more , er, cautious about what their kids come into contact with.  If the mom/dad is okay with it, I say go for cute! 

Another thing to think about is:  will the fibers/individual strands come loose and be swallowed if the ends of the ties are sucked on.  I made tassles for a poncho for my friend's 2 year old daughter (one of the above mentioned sucker twins) and I pulled on the tassles as much as I could before I gave it to her to make sure that the yarn wouldn't come loose easily.


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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2004 05:49:02 PM »

Here's my $.02...

If you're at all worried about the chewing issue, why not make the chin ties a bit shorter, somewhat wide and then attach a snap to hold the ties together right under the chin.

This way the munchkin can't get the ties in her mouth and Mom doesn't have to worry that it will 'magically' come untied and fall off.


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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2004 07:47:07 PM »

The snap tie is a great idea!  You could find out pretty easily by just asking a non-chalant question of the parents whether the child in question would be liable to chew on something like that.  As the mother of a toddler, I LOVE ear flaps.  And my husband loves any kind of hat which makes his daughter look more like a Canadian hockey player.  ("No, dear.  She doesn't need to learn to skate before she's 3.  Do they even MAKE skates that small?")

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2004 08:25:41 PM »

Do they even MAKE skates that small?

Why, yes, they do! We start 'em young up here in Maine.

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I think I'll drop a few inquiries to her nurse (the wee one is disabled so they have a day care nurse), she'll be able to tell me without letting on to mom. But for now I'll just start knitting away and try a style that leave me room for modification later. It'll probably be like the kittyville hat only a bit more rounded. It's going to look like Hello Kitty in the end. I'll definitely post pics, this could end up mind-numbingly cute!
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