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I had almost given up hope of ever knitting again after BabyE was born. When does a mom ever have two hands free or two minutes to sit down and do something that is all her own? When given the choice, I always choose to be snuggling Baby than doing anything else. (He is sleeping in the Ergo as I write.) On the way home for Thanksgiving, though, I knew he would have to be safely strapped into his carseat, leaving me with at least five hours on my hands.
As soon as I found out for sure I was having a boy, (I had already guessed it for weeks, but the ultrasound confirmed it) I bought this gorgeous variegated blue wool called Trabajos Del Peru.  It’s hard to believe it has sat in my knitting basket for a year! (Yes I have a little yarn addiction, DH would point out) It is spun in a thick-thin texture with an overall aran weight. As a pattern called Big Wool Little Hat would indicate, it called for super bulky instead, so I had to do a little big of finagling to get the gauge to work out right.

I doubled up the yarn and used size 15 needles.  My new gauge was 3 stitches per inch, so I knitted the child pattern to end up with a hat that was 16 inches around and 7 inches tall. It was extremely quick and easy to knit. It only took me about two hours in between comforting and singing to my babe who hates the car. There was just one hiccup at the end.  If you braid the tassels as written in the pattern, it ends up with two separate braids instead of one fat one. Instead, I used the pattern notes posted by maganv on Ravelry:

“For the top braids, I modified the instructions in the pattern as follows:
Movement 1: Thread your R3 finger through the R2 loop and the L2 loop and pick the L1 loop up, drawing it back through the L2 and R2 loops.”

If you decide to knit with the yarn suggested in the original pattern, be sure to check the comments on Ravelry as some people had trouble with the size coming out as expected. Also, ignore the stitch counts at the end of the rows because they’re not quite right. I just love this hat design, and we’ve already gotten a bunch of compliments on it when we’re out and about.

Do you find time to knit with a little one (or more) at home?

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