I haven't exactly (or at all) finished anything I have planned to complete before the end of the month. There is a plan in place and action, but baby knits always manage to trump deadline projects, don't they. And, let me tell you, babies ABOUND in my world right now. It's possible I may throw-in the towel on knitting adult sized garments and devote myself completely to the little people in my life, so long as my friends keep producing them... that is.
I originally queued this pattern for my new buddy Makai who's making his grand entrance late summer/early fall. But, when I heard my new neighbor-to-be had a dinosaur bedroom, it seemed only appropriate that he/she have dinosaur attire, for the instance my neighbors are inclined to dress their new offspring like a stegosaurus. And, well, this hat leaped to the top of the list.
I'm not sure it's going to be very functional, since the weather here in Chicago seems to be decidedly delicious, spring-like and glorious. But, worse case scenario, it can be the dog's Halloween costume (sorry, Penny). :-D
This pattern was surprising and fun to work. There's a really neat ear flap/band construction.And, it was a pretty quick project. I would note, however, that the 'newborn' size as laid out in the pattern, is probably closer to 6mos-1year. (I worked that size originally, and then decided to stash it away for use later ) To make a newborn-3mos sized hat, I dropped my stitch count to 50 stitches, and redistributed when I worked the ear flap so they would be equidistant. I also did my crown decreases a bit differently, I decrease the number of stitches before K2tog by one stitch on each decrease round (Rnd.1: K8, K2tog..... Rnd 3: K7, K2tog.... Rnd. 5: K6, K2tog...etc... ). Oh, and I knit with Simply Cotton. It was my first time using it, but is going to be my go-to for baby knits. It doesn't have the same course inflexible qualities that a lot of cotton yarns have, and I think it produces a better/nicer fabric than the superwash varieties I've tried.
OK. Back to business. Mid-month is tomorrow, which means, I'd better refocus and start hauling some a$$.