I finished the blue ribbed hat, but wanted something a little cuter for my new little guy, and also wanted to challenge myself with stripes. I had learned through one of the YouTube videos I watched that you had to do something special to create stripes while knitting in the round. I did not remember the technique, but did remember that it wasn’t too complicated. I found a pattern through ravelry that had some of the basic shaping of the hat I wanted, but it used a needle size that I didn’t have and I wanted to make changes to the pattern anyway.
I used my previous knowledge of hat making (from both knit and crochet– I have crocheted over 100 hats in the past couple years) and the ideas in the ravelry pattern to design my own knit hat pattern. I once again utilized the Magic Loop, which has become one of my favorite knitting techniques. I also utilized YouTube videos to create jogless stripes on this little boy’s hat. While I can’t explain how to do a jogless stripe, I can tell you that it’s not hard. In fact, the hardest part is remembering to do it when you start the second row of a new color. This pattern also used PSSO, which is a techinque involving Passing Slipped Stitch(es) Over a knit stitch. I slipped the stitches purlwise, but learned in subsequent hats that it worked better to slip them knitwise. The PSSO technique can be seen in the raised stitches in the picture below.
The pattern I created ended up with an adorable little star pattern on the top. I made some adjustments to my own pattern, and in the next few weeks created hats for two different friends’ baby showers. One couple is Jamaican, so I used the colors of the Jamaican flag. The other couple are both professors at Indiana University, so I used the IU Hoosier colors of crimson and cream. Once again, I need to write up my version of the pattern because I plan to use this for many baby showers to come!
After creating the jogless stripes of the baby hat and creating my own newborn hat pattern, I decided to try it with socks. I had already made a few adjustments to the baby sock pattern I had previously used, but now I wanted to change it completely and make it my own. I still used the worsted weight yarn and the size four DPNs, but now I wanted to continue the ribbed pattern all the way down the heel and use my newly-learned skill to add jogless stripes and colored toes to the socks. It took a little bit of work to figure out the right number of rows/stitches to achieve what I wanted, but I was SO happy with the results.
As you can see, one of the colored toes ended up longer than the other, and there are a few other minor differences. This is because I was more focused on improving my own pattern rather than making them identical. I love the green and blue cotton yarns, and look forward to mixing and matching these socks with the blue baby sweater and the two different baby hats. Now to make another baby sweater in the green…