The first one is an adult hat, knitted with one strand of DK and 2 strands of coned 3 ply. I really enjoy the mindlessness of knitting rib, and the finished hat is lovely and stretchy. This has gone into my box for the Mission to Seamen, who do a brilliant job in helping those who work at sea (both my grandfather and father were sailors).
After the simple ribbed hat, I decided to try a bit of fair isle. This is a technique I am still perfecting, and so I went for a basic toddler beanie and a simple pattern. I took inspiration from a pattern on Ravelry called Celebration Day, although I changed it a bit, using more stitches and making the fair isle more symmetrical. I like the finished effect (each of the colours is 2 strands of coned 4 ply) which is quite subtle. It probably will get a pompom before I send it off.
Next up was crochet. I found a ball of James Brett Baby Marble that I had forgotten about, and used a 1 - 2 year size Ravelry pattern (Spring Lacy hat) that I thought would work with the colour changes.
Although the pattern is for worsted yarn with a size 5.00 hook, it worked well with DK and a 4.5 hook to make a newborn hat. They were quick to work up, so I made 2.
Back to the knitting. There was a small ball of white 4 ply in my knitting bag, just enough for a preemie hat. I cast on 80 stitches and did a couple of inches of 2 x 2 rib so it would be nice and stretchy. Then I decided to do a bit of cabling. Why, I do not know, as I was using dpns, and adding a cable needle to the mix was really asking for trouble. Well, I got there, but not without a few dropped stitches and a bit of frogging on the way. There was enough Marble left to make another preemie hat. This one you will notice has no cables. Can you work out why???
Finally I went back to crochet for a couple more adult hats. The pink one is a slouchy one, and has a button on the brim, cunningly concealed in the photo. The blue/brown one is based on Julia Odie's Magnus hat pattern, sized up for an adult. Julia is a fellow Loving Hands member, and I have made this hat many times in many different sizes. Both of these hats are made with different combinations of coned yarn.
So now I have made over 40 hats this year, and my target of 52 by the end of December seems more achievable.