My girls and I are home from North Carolina after a fun filled visit with my sisters, parents, nieces and nephew. I really enjoy the Durham / Chapel Hill area. There are wonderful hiking trails, fabulous restaurants and three yarn stores within a short drive. We had tour of the Lemur Center (which I highly recommend if you are in the area), visited the yarn stores, bought our copies of The Deathly Hallows at midnight, ate apple pie, went to my mom's new quilt group, celebrated my dad's 78th birthday and mostly enjoyed one another's company.
My seven year old nephew is a huge fan of handknits. (He is obviously a very intelligent child!) As soon as I arrived he started asking me to make something for him, so I set to work knitting a hat. I found some self striping Berroco yarn in the colors of his beloved Duke Blue Devils. He was thrilled with the results and despite the 95 degree heat, he happily wore the hat.
I didn't feel right leaving his sisters out of the fun, so my mom and I set to work knitting three more. Luckily the Berroco yarn comes in a variety of colors.
My mom had so much fun knitting hats that she asked me to write up the pattern so that she could knit more after I'd left. The hat is knit top down and I did all of the decreases at the crown, then passed them off to her to knit the rest of the hat, so she needed the decrease instructions. Since I typed the pattern up for her, I thought I would offer it here too. It is a very basic top down hat with a rolled brim. I'm sure there are many more out there, but here is my humble contribution. The pattern is in the sidebar. I'm calling it "Ben's Blue Devil Hat" for my charming nephew. Now he wants to know what I'm going to make for him next - socks perhaps or a scarf to match the hat.
(yeah, my sister has twins too)
Ben's Blue Devil Hat (pattern in the sidebar)
Yarn: Berroco Love It Colors
Needles: US 8/5.0mm DPN's
Gauge: 17 stitches = 4" /10cm.
Beautiful Models: Ben, Abby, Emma & Hallie
Coming soon: my finished, blocked Adamas Shawl. Much knitting can be accomplished waiting for delayed flights.