A New Year, an Old Resolution

AKQGuy's picture

Last year I was asked if I could provide some knitted baby hats to one of the county hospitals in our area. I gladly said yes and dug through my stash to find baby hat acceptable remnant yarn and got to work with the goal of 5 hats a month. Well, I didn't hold up to that goal when push came to shove over holiday knitting time. Sorry, family and friends won out. But this month I decided to readdress my missing charity knitting time and pumped these ones out for the month of January.

I'm really quite happy with them. The yarn is left over from a knit picks kit that I purchased. It was for the tiddlywinks jacket and sweater. I really liked the jacket but could care less about the sweater so I used my remaining yarn for the hats. The jacket is for a soon to arrive nephew of my partners. The yarn is the same companies Comfy Fingering which is a 75% Pima Cotton and 25% Acrylic blend which is very nice once knit up. It makes a wonderfully soft product for baby skin.

As per my usual, the hats follow no particular design or pattern other than that which I can dream up as I knit. I just have a "grapefruit" sized head in mind as I find gauge, cast on, and go from there. Some are more successful than others, but each is unique. And I never fail to find a new way to do something. I just discovered with this batch a new way to do my decreases that I like the look of better.

It's nothing amazing, just a little something different that my K2tog decrease that I think gives the crown a little nicer finished look. But I find often on these projects that you know well and feel comfortable playing with that you find your favorite ways to do things.

So, with the new year, I'm going to once again strive to get a little more knitting done for others. Well, I regularly knit for others, but I'm going to focus on little ones that require a little extra warmth. And maybe, just maybe, some new parents may appreciate the work that went into a hat for their little ones baby memories.

How about you guys? Do you do any charity knitting and if so, please share.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Quite a lovely bunch of hats,

Quite a lovely bunch of hats, Q. I like that decrease line based on purls...I've used something similar on socks and think it's a nice design feature. And you are so right about using something you really know and playing around with it for various design elements; that is what I do with socks. Maybe I should switch to hats - faster results.

AKQGuy's picture

Naw... Someone has to love

Naw... Someone has to love doing socks.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Why...Thank You. I take that

Why...Thank You. I take that as a very nice compliment.

AKQGuy's picture

Good, because it was. You do

Good, because it was. You do them so nicely.

albert's picture

I love the hats! Your

I love the hats! Your decrease method is intriguing. I've been wondering about the Comfy yarn- have you washed any finished objects in Comfy? I knit some summer chemo caps with the Knitpicks Shine yarn (cotton/Modal) and ran them through the washer per the label and they came out looking like rags. Any suggestions for a good summer yarn? I'm hopelessly wool!

AKQGuy's picture

I treat all hand knits as

I treat all hand knits as though they were wool, despite what they say. I have scrubbed cotton yarns a little more aggressively than I would wool and they've stood up well, just fuzzed up a bit. I have hand washed the comfy and laid flat to dry and it still looks good. But again, like I said, I've never run it through the machine and dryer. My partner put a pair of my knit socks through both and despite the yarn stating it could stand up to it, they did shrink a bit so I tend to be gun shy about such things.

As for summer weight yarns, I do like the drape and feel of some of the bamboo/cotton blends. They look much more expensive than they are, but they are a bit fatiguing on my hands to work with for any long stretches of time. Like you, I tend to lean towards beautiful cushy animal fibers like wool and alpacas for both end results and comfort in knitting.

Hey, Albert, where have you

Hey, Albert, where have you been all this time?

albert's picture

Hard to say- I seem to blink

Hard to say- I seem to blink in and out of phenomonality; too much Kurt Vonnegut in my formative years. Hope all is well with you, C.

Bill Carl's picture

Hats are just great and I

Hats are just great and I like what you have done to them. Your pattern is terrific. Babes will be happy little campers to wear them. God Bless you and I know the parents will be excited when they see their little one in one of them.

RickMartin's picture

Great - it's so good to knit

Great - it's so good to knit for others in need! I've only knit 4 hats and always struggle with making them too big even after checking gauge and all. You make the hats, I'll make the blankets (at least they don't have to fit). I also like the look of the new crown you came up with - in the event I do try a hat again, what was it you did?

AKQGuy's picture

I created a purl column for

I created a purl column for the decreases, so in stockinette I have the stitches that are knit then I purl together the two stitches for decrease

In other words, this particular yarn required a size 2 needle. I cast on 96 stitches and knit for 3 inches. On the next round I *knit 11, purl 1*. Repeat * through end of round. The following round *Knit 10, Purl 2 together* repeat through end of round. This gives me 8 decreases and leaves you with 88 stitches. Following round *K10, purl 1* through end of round. Next round, *Knit 9, purl 2 together* through end of round, leaving you with 80 stitches. Continue decreasing every other row until you have 72 stitches left then decrease every round until you have 8 stitches remaining. Tim your yarn and pull through remaining stitches and weave in end.

Make any sense at all?

chipsir's picture

These are great hats and I am

These are great hats and I am sure they are received with the greatest thanks. I read somewhere that the bulk of service organizations rely 80 % on volunteers. Well done, you are a caring person.

AKQGuy's picture

Not sure about that, but

Not sure about that, but thanks. I just needed a destination for some left over yarn and an outlet for knitted goods. It's a good fit, as I hope the hats are.

ronhuber's picture

Good luck on your resolution.

Good luck on your resolution. The collection of hats is wonderful. I am wondering about hats and mitts for homeless and will look up places that will take them.

AKQGuy's picture

I bet anyone who runs a

I bet anyone who runs a clothing drive would be happy with new hand knits.