Gift for an Aviatrix?
A friend is having a baby this winter (well, it seems like half of my friends are having babies this winter) and I wanted to make a little something for her. I love baby hats, and I thought it would be practical to give her a lighter-weight cotton one to wear during the spring. My copy of What To Knit When You're Expecting came through again with a super cute option, the Maddox hat. I think it looks like a hat for an aviatrix, and I hope mom and baby both like it, and maybe that it inspires baby to aim high.
I knit it out of stash yarn (yey me! I almost never manage to do that), a skein of Cascade Luna that I had left from knitting my mom a colorwork market bag. I even used a stash button, leftover from the baby surprise jacket that I made for another friend. It was a pretty quick knit -- I was finished in a few evenings, and I'm a slow knitter who was slower than usual because I was working with cotton (hard on my hands) and chose to ignore the instruction to pick up all of the stitches for the scalloped hem at once and instead did them one-by-one, causing me to have to redo it when my numbers were off.
The hat took a few yards less yarn than the pattern called for, which has me a bit concerned that the straps aren't long enough. I knit to the length suggested in the pattern, but they look an awful lot longer to me in the pictures in the book. I'm guessing that a baby that is only a few months old might not need the hat to be attached anyway because she might not have the arm control to take it off (especially since the hat is designed to be close-fitting), and I think the earflaps and straps look ridiculously cute even if they don't end up being functional . . . but I still really hope they're functional.