It has been a week of Baa-ble hats in this house and I am beginning to wonder why I have so many kids when they all want the same thing! It's a good job that this hat is a fun knit or else I would be going crazy.
Of course, this pattern is written for an adult so I had to use a bit of creativity to get the hats to fit smaller peoples little heads.
Charlotte is almost 13 and I made her hat smaller by changing the needle sizes to a 3.5mm circular for the ribbing and a 4mm circular (and double pointed needles for the crown) for the main part of the hat. This altered the circumference of the hat significantly and it was perfect for both Amy and Charlotte. To make the hat shorter for Charlotte I knitted up to the beginning of the decreases and then randomly missed out rows between the decreases to shorten it. This had the effect of making the top of the hat slightly flatter when it is off the head but once it is on it doesn't notice at all.
For my hat I made the pompom the old fashioned was with two pieces of cardboard, the way my Mum taught me when I was little but for the girls I actually used a Clover pom pom maker for the first time. They are brilliant, why didn't I get one of these sooner?
For Amy's Baa-ble hat I chose a different method to make it smaller. She is 9 and it needed to be even shorted than Charlotte's.
The circumference of Charlotte's hat was fine for Amy so I stuck to the needles I used for Charlotte's (3.5mm and 4mm) but for the length of the hat I got it to fit by finishing the colour work of the sheep and then doing the next two rows from the chart, I then jumped to where the decreases start missing out all the rows in between and it worked really well.
To be honest this version fits me better than the pattern version but is perfect on Amy with the ribbing turned up.
So that is my Baa-ble hat adventure. To all the people who have asked me to knit one for them, maybe next year - I need to do something different now ;)
Jamieson's Shetland Heather yarn in Cosmos, Ivory, Mist, Romance and Horizon
Addi interchangeable circular needles (lace tips)