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When the weather turned chilly, I realized that Alice had outgrown all the hats she had as a newborn last winter. Knitting to the rescue! I'd had my eye on the Aviatrix Baby Hat pattern for a while, so that was an easy choice. Then I just had to go stash diving for the perfect yarn. I landed on Stroll Kettle Dyed in Gold. It's my favorite of the kettle dyed colors, but I don't wear yellow, so it was perfect to use for Alice, who looks great in yellow. The pattern calls for a DK weight, and, of course, Stroll is fingering weight, so I simply held the yarn doubled. The bonus to this was that the doubling broke up any pooling that the yarn may have wanted to do in the short-row constructed hat.

The construction of the hat is just so cool, and it stays on really well. I had so much fun making it, that I think I'll make it again (maybe one sized up for me!). The only change I made to the pattern was to knit 8 total segments, instead of the 6 called for. When I make it again, I think I'll make the chin strap narrower though.

Happy autumn, everyone!

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Comment by Barbara Longley on October 23, 2009 at 4:56am
I finished my version of the Aviatrix hat and have put a photo and comments in my today's Blog. Ooops! I called it the Aviator Hat by mistake! Thank you so much for bringing this pattern to my attention. I enjoyed knitting this one and it was fairly quick to make - and didn't use that much wool.
Comment by Robin Pinto on October 22, 2009 at 10:19am
What a beautiful baby! (and what a great little hat that will stay on!
Thank you!
Comment by Knit4Many on October 22, 2009 at 3:18am
So adorable. She looks so cute and proud. It is perfect with that dress.
Comment by Sock Girl on October 21, 2009 at 11:16am
By the look and style of this hat, if it were knit in a warm brown for a little boy, you could almost make it into a football'ish looking cap. Or even your favorite pro team colors for a little one's helmet. Great photos!!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 21, 2009 at 7:07am
Melissa: That is so darned cute! The hat is really sweet, too! I've been looking at my kettle-dyed sock yarn and wondering if I can do something besides socks. (I bought two of each color when the Essential 50 gm balls were on sale.) That would be perfect for our new grandbaby due in June! I can't wait to start knitting baby things. I'll definitely have to make one of these! --Peggy
Comment by Barbara Longley on October 21, 2009 at 5:33am
Just what I'm looking for, as Eddie's grandaughter is at the stage where she just rips any hat straight off her head again. This one might just stay on. Such an adorable model !!!!!
I may try adding some decoration to make it look even more girly. There's so much scope to do something small in each segment. If it works out, I'll take a photo and let you know what I did..
Comment by Tara Addesa on October 20, 2009 at 8:49pm
Omg THAT Little Girl IS Chew Those Cheeks Adorable !!! Forget it with THAT Hat On SHE Is YOUR NEXT KnitPicks Cover Girl !!! Hahaha and "I" Want 10% as Her Agent !!!! Gigggling
Comment by cherylbwaters on October 20, 2009 at 8:47pm
I knew there was a reason yours looked so much better than the ones I saw on Ravelry. I like it with the 2 extra segments.
Comment by banda2 on October 20, 2009 at 5:01pm
OMGosh! So cute. :-)
Comment by Reversiblefichu on October 20, 2009 at 4:13pm
Thanks Melissa!

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