Yesterday I finished off the holiday weekend by attending a baby shower for the daughter of one of my knitting friends. They are not finding out the sex of the baby which generally leads one to a more neutral palette when knitting.
As luck would have it, the new Knitty was recently released. As I excitedly went through the patterns I found the Pat Hat. The Pat Hat is a reversible baby hat and it is knit in one piece, which is a very cool design element. I was able to find enough yarn in colors that I liked in my stash so I cast on. I always have a hard time with the provisional cast on and still have not found one that works for me but I managed to get it started. Both sides involve colorwork which I don’t do a lot of but with the way it is designed the back of your work will never be seen so it’s a great first colorwork project. The girl side has a heart pattern and uses four colors and the neutral main color. Once you finish the first hat, you go back and pick up the stitches from the provisional cast on and start knitting the “boy” hat in the other direction. It uses three colors. Once both hats are complete you have a large enclosed oval and you tuck one of the hats inside the other, like a lining and then it’s done! Because of the design it does make for a very thick and warm hat so it will keep baby’s head nice and warm. Now, you might be asking “where’s the picture?” I can’t believe this but I forgot to take a picture when I finished it. That might be a first for me!
The hat was a huge hit at the shower! But there were a lot of knitters there so the reaction was to be expected. It’s a great, quick project and you will be the hit of the baby shower (or gender reveal party) if you bring a Pat Hat!