Pattern: Lilacs for Lila by KnittedBliss (Ravelry download only)
Yarn: Ella Rae Cozy Soft Solids in the colorway 31, approximately 42 grams/89.5 yards
Timeline: 7.16.14 – 9.21.14
Needles: US size 1 Addi Turbo circulars
Size: 6-9 months
My Modifications: Well, I just looooove knitting loosely, so I had to go down 3 needle sizes to get gauge … ugh. I stuck to the pattern, but I misread the sizing once I got to the eyelet rib portion, so that’s a bit longer than it should be. I also made the I-cord with 5 stitches, which makes it a bit more difficult to tie, but I felt it would be sturdier in the long run.
Opinions: Yes, I had sworn off baby knitting. But when a family member is having the baby, sometimes you just have to suck it up, especially when they specifically ask for a baby hat. This was an enjoyable knit, but the reason it took so long is that I realized I had made it about an inch longer than it was supposed to be, so it languished on the needles — and then I moved. The hat was finished after the baby was born, but that’s why I made it a larger size. Mom loves it, baby looks cute in it, and I have enough yarn left over to make another one — if and only if it’s another family member.
This was my first time making I-cord, so that was interesting. I feel like I don’t quite have the hang of it yet, so it’s a bit loose in the back, but I’m sure I’ll get there. What a pain having to sew the ties on, though.
Also, it is really difficult trying to hold up a teddy bear while trying to take a picture in your awful bathroom light, just fyi.