After Victoise posted her watermelon hat
I decided to make one for my girlfriends's 3-week-old.
I used the pattern for the Feather Lace Ruffle in Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge (pg. 56), and knitted it flat, so there would be an opening in the back--I didn't want the ruffle to bunch at the back of baby's neck, so this way it can be spread open so it's comfy!
After decreasing, I knit a few round in the dark green, then 2 rounds in light green (didn't have white!) and then the red. Instead of decreasing at the top, I just ran thread through the live stitches and cinched it up. I was orginally going to put black beads on for the "seeds" but I didn't want baby to roll over and have a bead pressing on her head. (i'm very paranoid about my knitting "hurting" babies!)... SO I just randomly "embroidered" black dots.
Hat was made with 1 ball of Shine Worsted in Watermelon, 1 ball of Shine Sport in Grass, about 2 yards each of Shine Sport in Green Apple, and Shine Worsted in Ebony... all from Knitpicks
The circumference of the hat is just right (15 inches) but I think the brim is I'm a little worried that the brim is going to cover baby's face, but she sleeps allt he time anyway, so maybe it will help bring her nice dreams