Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Umbilical Cord Baby Hat

I seem to be getting to the point in life where a lot of my friends are starting to have babies.  Last spring, almost exactly a year ago, the first of my group of friends had her darling baby girl, shortly after my wedding another friend from college also had a girl, and two weeks ago our neighbors welcomed a baby boy.  Of course, with all of these babies comes baby showers and I was at a bit of a loss of what to get, especially since I knew I couldn't go to my college friends shower.

I wanted to make these babies something special, and it started with Miss P last spring.  I came across this pattern for an Umbilical Cord baby hat in Debbie Stroller's book Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
 (Side note, this 100% my ideas and not a sponsored post at all, but that book, along with Stitch 'n Bitch Nation are my two favorite knitting books. They are great for beginners and the patterns are easy to follow.  Some of them are kind of funky (rocker wristbands anyone?) but lots of them are cute and easy and I love how she explains the basics of knitting - tons of great illustrations)

Anyways, so I first made the baby hat for Miss P last April.  She's turning one on Saturday, and her mom told me how she was outgrowing the original hat I had made her.  So as part of her 1st birthday present, I decided to make her a bigger hat!

It was pretty easy to do.  I added 8 stitches to the cast on to make it slightly bigger around, and then I knit an extra half inch before starting to decrease.  I saw Miss P last night and it fits perfectly!  I was pretty happy (and so glad that mom had liked the hat enough to want a second one!)  This is now my go to gift for baby showers.  I love it because it is a cute and fun (and practical) homemade gift.  It knits up fast and mom's love it because it's washable.  A win all around!

If  your interested in the Debbie Stroller books, you can find them here on Amazon!

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  1. I LOVE giving unique and personal gifts. They stand out from the typical ordinary gifts, and they're always so memorable!
    I'm just getting my feet wet with learning how to knit and crochet. Thanks for the book recommendations!

  2. That is just too cute! What a great gift idea!

    Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  3. Thanks for linking up today at the “oh happy day” party!

    I’m your newest follower!

  4. I didnt know that was what those hats were called. funny. I had some when I did newborn photography. Very cute!
    Stopping by from hop. : )

  5. This hat came out so cute. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  6. I'm loving this hat! What a great idea to put that knot in the top.. simply adorable.... Perfect for a little one.... You are so creative... :)
    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  7. Such a cute little gift!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  8. Oh this is so cute!

    Would love for you to link it up at the Friday Baby Shower - a link party for all things pregnancy and new baby, Alice x

  9. This is such a cute idea! What a cute photo shoot idea for the first few days of life. Thank you for sharing! I’d love to have you visit me at Get Your Crap Together! We have a Pattern Party with free patterns from the 1st of the month to the 10th that I’d love for you to check out. See you soon!

  10. So cute. I really need to learn how to knit. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. How cute!

    Thanks so much for linking up with And Sew We Craft Together

    Amy x

  12. Ack! Toooo.Stinkin'.Ca-Ute Danielle! I love this to pieces! thanks for sharing this at my party this week. I am featuring it on my Facebook page as well as pinning it to my new You're Gonna Love It board on Pinterest!

  13. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Enjoy your week :)

  14. We are happy to have you share your great hat at our Busy Bee party! Thanks so much for joining us! We appreciate you! Have a wonderful day!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee's

  15. cute hat!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to the Tasteful Tuesday party Make sure to follow my blog via bloglovin, GFC or facebook so you don't miss out on my features posts... it could be YOU :o)

  16. So cute!

    Thanks for sharing
    Through my creative mind

  17. Very pretty! I love the color you used! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!

  18. So cute! I wish I could make things like this! Love the color too! Thanks so much for joining us at last week's All my Bloggy Friends .... We look forward to seeing what you share this week!

  19. So cute!! This turned out great. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime last week.

  20. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge! It is so adorable and I'll be featuring it at tonight's party! Hope you can join us again tonight, our theme is fall wreaths! Have a great day ! :)


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