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Old 11-11-2007, 04:10 AM   #1
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Is this worth the money?
Has anybody made either the knit version or crochet version of Patternworks' "No-Tie Baby Hat" kits? They look cute and seem practical, but I think the price is a bit steep for the kit ($27)...I wish they sold just the pattern for this. I could do without the bar of soap, gift tag, and gift bag, and I'd prefer to use machine washable yarn rather than have to hand wash.
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:10 AM   #2
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That looks like it would be pretty easy to figure out...... start in the bottom corner with three stitches (like a dishcloth), increase to the desired width then change to a rib pattern with a smaller needle. After the ribbing for the desired width go back to the bigger needles. Knit for the length, and increase for shaping. Finish the way you started and seam the back of the head.
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What Ginny said. The only thing I would do different is when you work on the reverse "flap" when you get to the ribbing section, do it double knit so that you have a slot to put your other flap through. It looks like it is just simple garter stitch.
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:28 AM   #4
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Ooooh, that's really cute! Looks pretty easy to make, too. I agree with you: the kit seems expensive for what you get (seriously that can't be more than a 1 skein project) and I definitely don't understand making baby things out of hand wash only yarn. Like a new mom has nothing better to do.... But the pattern is really cute. Think I'll have to make some for my 4 and almost-3 yo DDs.
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:22 PM   #5
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THANK YOU! Believe it or not, I got a great neck warmer at a church sale, made from what sure looks like that pattern, only it's gotten torn up in the wash. It was the easiest thing to wear and I kept thinking about making another one, but there wasn't enough left to get a good look at. My neck, and probably my sister-in-law's, will be thanking you soon. (To make a neck warmer instead of a baby hat, whoever made it folded the top over and seamed it, leaving just enough room to slide a rice bag into. Nuke that in the microwave and your neck stayes warm at ten below., or stays limber under stress indoors.)
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Originally Posted by happyshineypeople View Post
But the pattern is really cute. Think I'll have to make some for my 4 and almost-3 yo DDs.
I thought it was really cute too, and I also thought it would be great for an older baby (for my 2 year old...yeah, I know...she's not a "baby" anymore ). Locating hats in her size in stores seems to be an impossible task...I guess I'm an "old school" mom about my babies' heads being covered in the wind and summer sun. It's really a practical idea, but I just couldn't see spending $27 on the kit; the crochet kit is a cotton/acrylic blend yarn...not exactly 100% pure silk or Malabrigo or any yarn that would justify the $27 pricetag)

Becky, was this like the neck warmer you had? Patternworks has a pattern for these free if you buy one skein of Koigu, which I didn't think was bad...$14 for a 100% merino hand-painted wool beautiful "Neck Cozy". If you buy the Koigu yarn from them, you just request pattern # 800100 and it's free with the yarn purchase. I'd sure LOVE to make one, but I honestly don't know what colorway to choose; truly, every one of them is so beautiful to me.

knitncook, I didn't understand what you meant by doing a "double knit" on the flap...can you please explain it a little more? I agree that it looked pretty easy, which is another reason why I couldn't figure out why it should cost $27.
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Hello! I have my mum's handwritten pattern for the neck warmer that looks exactly like that baby hat. I'm assuming the hat is stitched up the back, but this pattern would work, and you'd just have to figure out the head size section for a baby. There is a similar pattern online. I'll go look. samm
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Found the online one. :O) It's at knittingpatterncentral.com in the scarves section, right hand side, and is just called "neck scarf". I think you could figure it out size wise, width and all, from this pattern. Good luck! samm
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Originally Posted by GinnyG View Post
That looks like it would be pretty easy to figure out...... start in the bottom corner with three stitches (like a dishcloth), increase to the desired width then change to a rib pattern with a smaller needle. After the ribbing for the desired width go back to the bigger needles. Knit for the length, and increase for shaping. Finish the way you started and seam the back of the head.
yes but I would cast on 4 or 6 stitches just when the ribbing starts, and then bind thos same stitchs back off at the top of the ribbing to make the TUBE to slip the "no Tie" end through

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