I recently went through my bag of wool scraps and used up all the pastel dk yarn. A few days ago I made a start on the brighter/darker dk yarn scraps. Some of the wool came in a bargain lot and some was kindly donated to me. These are the baby hats I managed to knit.
- The rust hat was a great way to use up an oddment of brown and some very dubious beige wool. I like the way the colours work together.
- The bright yellow in the next hat was from a ball of wool that had been used previously and was all crinkly. A good soaking in special wool detergent has softened it up beautifully.
- The green hat was the biggest surprise. I love this shade of moss green and would definitely consider using it again for baby blankets or hats.
- The variegated blue and pink yarn is one of my favourites. I knitted a hat and scarf for myself and this is all that was left. It is supposed to be dk weight but I had to add some fine coned yarn to it to make it the same thickness as the pink brim.
Most of these colours might seem strange for a baby. But these are charity knits and will eventually go to countries that specifically request darker colours. The charity I will probably send these to is Greenfields Africa. This organisation gives baby clothes and blankets to pregnant women to encourage them to attend antenatal lessons.
I enjoyed knitting these hats. There was a little bit of design skill needed when putting colours together and a little bit of maths skill needed when judging yarn weights.
The pattern I used is here. I love this pattern. It makes what I think of as a real head shaped hat and the decreases at the crown are very neat.
My brighter/darker dk wool scraps are now nearly all used up. But I have coned yarn and 4 ply yarn that is just crying out to be matched together to make more hats........so watch this space!