Love is the flower

Pattern: Ribs and Cables Baby Cap by Heather Bagni
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk (55% superfine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool), Pool colorway (discontinued)
Needles: U.S. 6 Harmony Options 32″ circular (Magic Loop)

Our good friends Dave and Ali had an unexpected bonus this month. Katharine Margot came about a month early — and while her mother was away from home! As soon as I heard the news I started working on this hat, which is a free pattern from the Classic Elite Yarns newsletter. I used a precious skein of alpaca and silk yarn that I had picked up on a whim some months ago.

I converted the pattern to work in the round by eliminating two stitches at the beginning of each row. When I got to the decreases at the top, I couldn’t make the cables line up correctly, but I did my best (I need more practice with converting flat hats to round hats, clearly).

That’s not Baby Kate in the above photo, of course — Cady Gray’s baby doll is serving as a model. But with the bottom edge flipped up as a brim, the hat already snugs up to the real Kate’s tiny little premie head beautifully.

I enjoyed doing the cables on these — they’re four stitch cables, all twisting the same way. Without a cable needle, of course. (It’s the only way to fly.) This is a beautiful lofty yarn with the slightest halo. Great stitch definition but cushy soft. It will be warm for Baby Kate all through the winter. Welcome to the world, little one!

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One Comment on “Love is the flower”

  1. Ali Says:

    Thanks for the welcome and the beautiful hat. Kate would second that, but she’s sound asleep on my lap.


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