My best friends little sister, Rachel, is soon to be a new mommy. This is a bit amazing to me given the fact that I can still remember when she wasn't old enough to completely pronounce my name. Tomorrow, her family and friends will shower her with gifts for the little mer-girl swimming around in her belly and I wanted to make something special for her little sugar baby and since there isn't much cuter than seeing a little one with eyes closed and rosebud mouth moving in dreamy suckles wearing a knitted hat with a big fat flower on the side...I just couldn't resist!
I found a simple pattern on ravelry which is a must if you knit or crochet and purchased it (note: they have a ton of free patterns too) then took a trip to my favorite yarn shop to pick out something yummy and came away with an organic cotton and wool blend from Classic Elite.
While this little hat can be knit on straight needles, the pattern is mainly written to knit it in the round on double pointed needles (dpn's) which is what I chose to do; no seam to deal with.
If you've put off knitting with dpn's because it seems a bit scary, I totally understand. I felt the same way at first but it really is super easy. The trickiest part for me has always been joining the yarn together after casting on but this time I found a great tutorial on the purl bee (love love love this site!) that made it really clear.
My friend, Angela, is great at crocheting and she kindly made up the flower for me and I love how the color just pops off the dark pink.
And, of course, it's all in the packaging so I needed to wrap it up sweetly.
I'm really looking forward to giving Rachel this gift tomorrow and helping her welcome her new little girl. Plus, I love baby showers....and bridal showers and weddings and birthdays.