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Striped Stocking Cap

So a friend of mine had a baby recently and I, of course, wanted to knit something for the new little guy.  This is a special friend and therefore she has a special baby.  A baby deserving of handspun, I decided.  So I plowed through the stash and I found this skein from a while back.

Merino and silk for a baby?  Sure, why not?

My first attempt was the Cisco hat.  It’s very cute but I kept getting confused trying to follow the directions without actually knitting the stripes.  Frog.

My second attempt was the Jester Hat #104 from the book Knit Baby Head and Toes.  It was working out just fine until I got about 2/3 of the way through and realized I was going to run out of yarn.  Frog.

My third attempt was the Striped Stocking Cap, also from the book Knit Baby Head and Toes.  Turns out that third time is the charm.


I had to pose it on a Longaberger vase.  I’m sure it will be cuter on the actual baby.


I love the little knot at the top, too.


Thank goodness I finally found a pattern that worked or this kid would have been 5 before I had a finished hat for him!

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  1. LOVE the hat Carole! The yarn is beautiful and I have to say this definitely shows it off much more nicely than perhaps the Cisco hat would have. The vase is pretty nice but I agree, he should look pretty darlin’ in the cap!

  2. It’s like an old-fashioned night cap! Or a new-fashioned snowboarder cap. I guess it depends on the baby. 😀

    I think you are doing the right thing by cultivating discriminating fiber tastes so early with the merino/silk blend.

  3. I have the book that the hat is in-your hat is soooo much more cute than the one in the book!!! Lucky baby!

  4. Cheerful, soft, mmmm. As for using nice fibers? DD’s favorite bear was handspun tussah. It had a certain chewiness that appealed to the little drool-child.

  5. That is SO cute – I hope we get to see a picture of the baby in question wearing it.

  6. If this is for the baby boy I think it’s for, then I know it will be a beloved gift. 🙂

    It’s a beautiful hat, Carole. Just lovely.

  7. Oh my goodness! We got it. We loves it. We wishes it would fit mama’s head instead. 😉 And the handspun?! Lovely absolutely lovely. Thank you Carole for such a thoughtful and special gift. Samuel wears it with pride.

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