It’s warm and squishy.
It might have ears but it doesn’t have a face.
It could be blue or lots of colours and maybe it has pom-poms.
The recipe for the right kind of hat.
A hat for Bubs.
A very important piece of knitting because I know that, if I follow the recipe, it will be worn. Not like the cardigans knit out of the softest wool I could find and with sleeves that absolutely, definitely don’t touch her wrists. Those have been deemed to be too scratchy and too big and are now gathering moth holes in the wardrobe. Or the mittens that are apparently too ooomphy and now serve double duty as conker receptacles.
I don’t know how to fix ooomphy. But when I knit her a hat it gets worn.
I can do hats.
This is last year’s hat. It has ears, no face (it was very nearly an owl), lots of colours and not one but two pom-poms (okay so they’re tufts with delusions of grandeur!). The fibre artists among you will notice that it was crocheted not knit. It was made in a hurry because we couldn’t find a store bought hat that matched the recipe and I’m faster at crochet than knitting. And then, of course, when it was finished we found the right kind of hat in Next. So Bubs had two hats and sometimes she wore them both at the same time, as three year olds are wont to do.
The Next hat is now too small but the crocheted hat still fits so if I’m being totally, utterly honest Bubs doesn’t need a new hat. But I need to make her one. I need to take two needles and some, soft and squishy and not at all scratchy, yarn and make a hat to go on the head of my curly girly and keep her sweet little ears warm.
There are a couple of addendums I’ve made to the recipe. One, it must be knit out of DK or Aran weight yarn. I haven’t the time or the inclination to knit a hat out of anything thinner. And two, the yarn should come from my stash. Because Hubs already thinks I have enough wool to clothe an army. I doubt I’d get away with buying more.
I have a bag of DK yarn that I planned to knit into a Peppa Pig jumper but no plan ever survives first contact with the enemy does it? The enemy in this case being Bubs with her abject hatred of jumpers. So instead I have in mind a Fair Isle ear flap hat with an enoooooormous pom-pom on top.
If you do a Ravelry pattern search for child-sized Fair Isle ear flap hats in DK or Aran weight yarn you get 57 patterns to choose from. After much clicking, filtering and comparing I have whittled the selection down to three. The Cozy Canuck Chullo, the Cheery Scrap Cap and the Alpaca Earflaps hat.
I love the styling of the Canuck Chullo but I don’t have a large enough quantity of Aran weight yarn. The Cheery Scrap Cap would work but Bubs has vetoed the colours of the scraps of Aran that I do have. She’s got her heart set on four of the colours out of the bag of DK which would be ideal for the Alpaca Earflaps hat but I’m not sold on the style of that one. It seems to come up short in the head and has a strange-looking brim. I think the only thing for it is to do some complicated maths and try to knit the Canuck Chullo out of DK yarn. I’m hoping that if I follow the instructions for the larger size and try it on Bubs as I go a long I can make adjustments as I knit. There’s no pom-pom in the pattern but that’s an easy addition.
One thing is for certain, it’s going to be fun! I haven’t knit Fair Isle before but I have done some Intarsia which is sort of similar. Bubs is very excited at the prospect of having a new hat and keeps asking me if it’s finished. I’d better get started before she decides to take matters into her own hands. Now where did I put those bobbins…