Yesterday I was able to meet my friend’s baby for the first time. He lives nearby, but was born just before COVID-19 struck and so is only now able to meet people outside his inner circle. We had a lovely afternoon together and I was stoked to see he was wearing a little knitted hat I made and sent when he was born.
This hat has become my standard new baby gift; over the last two years I’ve now knitted them for at least twelve babies. At about 8-10 hours per hat, it’s a good small project for in-between bigger projects, and being a small light cotton project it’s about the only knitting I can face during our long hot sweaty summers.
During COVID lockdown I found myself reaching for this hat pattern – familiar, do-able, not too challenging – as a project that would keep my hands busy as my mind raced, channelling my heightened anxiety into a visible, practical object that represented hope for the future.
Knitting is a labour of love and I believe there is a different quality of energy in handmade garments – they just feel different.
I have an album on my phone of pictures of delightful babies all over the country wearing a hat that I made for them. It’s a good thing to look at when my heart needs lifting.
The pattern is Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan and is available for free on Ravelry. I’ve used 8 ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills and organic cotton from EcoYarns. I’ve knitted it on double-pointed needles and circular needles (always in the round, as stitching up is my least-favourite part of knitting).
Recently I’ve tried out another baby hat pattern; but I’ll tell you about that later, as the babies they are for are yet to be born, and I want them and their families to be the first to see them!