Wee Wednesday: Garter Ear Flap Hat

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat 

Yarn: Berroco Tuscan Tweed in Cherries

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

Notes: I am so happy with the Berroco Tuscan Tweed, it’s really won me over. I used about half the skein of Tuscan Tweed in ‘Cherries’, a plummy wine red. The light blue and white tweed flecks provide the tweed, even though describing a deep red yarn with light blue and white flecks sounds pretty dreadful. The blue bits seem to actually work a little magic trick – you can barely see them, but they create a cool undertone to the whole colourway. It’s so subtle and consistent you aren’t even really aware of the flecks themselves, just the depth that they offer in this tweedy loveliness.

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

We had gorgeous weather this past weekend. Hardly any need for coats, and he didn’t even really need the hat. But he wouldn’t be the first baby forced to wear hand knits for a photo op! He was happy though:

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

And drooling! He has six teeth so far, and more are coming in. I so wanted him to stay my little baby for a bit longer, but he is absolutely huge (wearing 18-24 months clothing sizes) and almost walking. In 3 weeks, he will be one year old. I am very familiar with the old adage “it goes so fast!” but oh, how bittersweet the truth of it.

Here’s a shot I snapped one chilly morning last week on the way to kindergarten and daycare, and I just love the look on his happy little face:

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

This is part of the Tuscan Tweed KAL. Normally I’m sane enough to remember I have no time for KALs, but I felt like a little one-skein project was surely so small I could squeeze it in. I have half a skein left, I’m thinking some little mittens to match!

49 comments

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Beth! I’m pretty happy with it.

  1. Corinne Roffler   •  

    I love that colour and your kid is so cute! What size did you knit? A friend of mine who is only beginning to knit wants to knit one for a new baby. I did one garter ear flap hat so far and it came out very small, I knit a the baby size (second smallest) and it turned out tiny.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I knit the toddler size, since James is quite big for his age, and I wanted him to have some room to grow. But I never changed to the smaller needle-s I kept knitting in the 5 mm needles. I’m not a fan of changing needle sizes, and it gives the hat more stretch!

  2. Bronchitikat   •  

    One lovely boy. The hat isn’t bad either!

    Is it really almost a whole year?

    • Julie   •     Author

      I know, hard to believe how soon his birthday will be! I’m stunned by how fast the days are going by.

  3. Evelyn   •  

    aw he is sooo stinking cute! <3 Doesn't he look pleased with his cute new hat

    • Julie   •     Author

      He normally tried to pull it off, but if he’s distracted, he will forget about it and keep it on. I think he knows he looks pretty cute in it! Also, he loves being cozy.

  4. Leah   •  

    What an absolute cutie xxx His new hat is adorable xx

    • Julie   •     Author

      I think so too, but I’m pretty biased! 😉

  5. Tanis   •  

    Oooh! Those teeth! I love that smile. I keep intending to knit that hat pattern, it’s so cute and little James wears it so well!

    • Julie   •     Author

      So many teeth!! It is a cute pattern, and really quite easy, I recommend!

  6. LeslieM   •  

    Adorable little guy in an adorable little hat. You are so right to savor every moment of his babyhood.

    • Julie   •     Author

      It still seems to be going by so fast! He’s so sweet, and so much busier than Lila was at the same age…although perhaps it just feels that way because I have the both of them now!

  7. Kat   •  

    Oh, he’s such a precious cutie!! That hat is absolutely adorable, I might have to make one up for my cousin’s baby!

    • Julie   •     Author

      it’s a really fast knit, i recommend! One thing I did that helped up the stretch factor is I didn’t size down on the needles (the pattern calls for two sizes, but I often find changing sizes sort of fiddly). I knit the whole thing on 5mm needles, and am very happy with the results!

  8. 107   •  

    What a super-sensible hat! And what a great model!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Peter! He likes it. As much as baby can like a hat, that is!

  9. Stefanie   •  

    Look at those little teeth! I’m glad he’s a happy mood despite teething which can be brutal on the young. Love his hat. Love the color.

    • Julie   •     Author

      He seems to be okay at the moment, although I’m sure new ones are moving up all the time, nothing seems to be on the verge of cutting through, so he’s pretty happy.

  10. knithughesey   •  

    Great hat and I really like the sweater he is wearing. Is it hand knit? If so, what was the pattern, please.

    • Julie   •  

      Sadly, no! the sweater was store bought when we were in England. it was cold, and we just needed to pick up something quickly. but it’s very similar to the Trellis sweater:
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trellis

      only with a ribbing collar instead of seed stitch.

  11. Christine   •  

    Oh my goodness he is so sweet. Those eyes and that smile…so adorable. Your hat is so cute too of course!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I agree, he’s pretty cute!! he’s a really happy baby, very quick to smile and laugh. 🙂

  12. Zeta   •  

    Could James be any cuter?!
    Give him a kiss from me :-*

    • Julie   •     Author

      Will do! He loves kisses, although when he gives them they are pretty gross! 😉

  13. Sara A.   •  

    He’s adorable! I want to recommend a free pattern on rav called “mittens for a 1 year old” to you. I knit them up for T when she was about 16 months and her little hands would get so cold, but she hated the thumbless mittens we had. These have thumbs and they’re wide enough that it’s easy to get on the tiny hands without a struggle! Since they’re so tiny and worsted weight they’re a good evening project. I even attached them to each other with a long crochet chain so they couldn’t get lost if she got one off.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thank you SO much for sparing me an evening of scrolling through a billion patterns on ravelry trying to find the right sort of mitts! I really appreciate that! I looked them up and they are going to be just right. Thank you!

  14. miss agnes   •  

    I love this pattern, it is such a satisfying little project, isn’t it? Baby James is so cute with his big blue eyes, and looks very happy with his cute hat on. This yarn is lovely, a cute pair of mittens to match would be perfect.

    • miss agnes   •  

      And I can’t believe I used cute three times. Need to work on my vocabulary. 😉

      • Julie   •     Author

        Haha, I do the same thing with the word ‘amazing’. Everything I see is amazing, it seems!

  15. Val   •  

    Gosh he’s cute!! I’m convinced he’d make any baby clothes adorably perfect but that little hat is extra sweet on him.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m in total agreement with you, but he’s such a happy baby, then I think he just loves everything!! The little elfin point with the tassel just totally makes this hat.

    • Julie   •     Author

      you are a smart lady! !Now that I’ve knit one, I think it’s going to be my go-to pattern, as well!

  16. Anna   •  

    What a handsome little dude, absolutely gorgeous. And the hat is great too, I love the colour!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thank you! I think he’s pretty cute, too. But of course, I was always going to think that! 😉 I really like the hat colour, too – I would definitely use this yarn (and that colourway) again.

  17. Kelly   •  

    Those teeth! Oh my goodness that sweet little face!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I was actually a bit sad when he got all 4 top teeth at once- hardly a baby with all those teeth! Also, cutting 4 teeth tat once was no party for any of us.

  18. Lotsofhermies   •  

    Love that smile! The hat is perfect, definitely mittens, at that size I leave the thumbs off it depends if it will bother him.

    • Julie   •     Author

      The mittens will be needed for sure. Right now he has a big puffy winter baby suit that has built in mittens (and I chose grey, so he looks like a little baby seal when he’s wearing it, especially when he claps his mitts together), but I’ll need knitted mittens for days when it isn’t so cold!

  19. Carla   •  

    What a little cherub! Love the hat too

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Carla!! He’s a happy little dude, for sure. 🙂

  20. Kessa   •  

    Aww! He is adorable. That toothy grin! *melts*
    Love the colour of that hat too.. Looks so cushy and comfy!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much!! Those two little bottom teeth are super charming. You can’t see that he has a whole bunch on top!

  21. Alina   •  

    This is so so sweet! The color of the tweed is just amazing – so rich and deep! I will definitely put it on my to-knit list!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I think this hat is my new go-to baby gift. it’s just so sweet and it really knits up in a flash!

  22. Sierra   •  

    That hat is so adorable, and the color is amazing! A sweater in that color would be fantastic!

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