Given the day, I thought it would be appropriate to show off the Short One's favorite hat. This is one of those patterns I wish I'd written myself. It's by far the easiest jester's hat pattern I've seen, and I own several commercial patterns for such hats. I took this one from The Yarn Girls' Guide to Kid Knits: Patterns for Babies and Toddlers.
I altered it slightly in size, knit it on circular needles (at least the base) and changed out the original pompoms (I don't care for pompoms all that much) for little stuffed balls on the tips - the extra weight of the balls makes the hat flop quite nicely. It is really cute when worn, especially by a short person. The SO himself has finally outgrown this one (I don't know if you can see how worn looking it is from the photo, but it's been well-loved - trust me), and he's already picked out the colors for a larger sized version (purple, blue and green). Oh, and I knit this with Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere that I purchased on sale somewhere, so it's also really warm.
Incidentally, the Yarn Girls are the owners of the The Yarn Co. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan - it used to be my LYS (although it was under different ownership at the time I lived there, I still make a point of stopping in whenever I visit New York City). Anyway, I love this hat - I imagine I'll continue to knit this pattern for the SO for the next couple years at least, until he's too old for something so cutesy.
I hope everyone enjoys their Mardi Gras. (The SO is a fiend for Mardi Gras beads...)
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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