Bee Hat & Booties
Bee Hat & Booties
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This is an easy knit hat and bootie set made from worsted/aran Merino yarn and is adorned with black satin and organza ribbons which are unusual on a baby’s garments. The hat is knitted on double pointed needles avoiding seaming but could easily be knitted flat on circulars with back seaming. A black ribbon through the ribbing makes the brim adjustable for different sizes. Twisted cords can be tied to make a little parcel for a rounder look or left to make a square shaped hat. The booties are knitted in a tighter gauge so they have 4 row stripes to match the width of stripes on the hat. They are knitted flat from the sole up and stitches are picked up around the ankle of the upper to knit a ribbed cuff which is seamed at the back continuous with the heel. Black organza ribbon ties on the booties resemble the translucent wings of bees.
This former Magknits pattern is now republished in the magazine Knotions and can be downloaded free from the Knotions Magazine archives. If you have any trouble getting the pattern, email Erssie directly.
To fit baby from 3-6 months.
Hat can be adjusted to fit smaller size if ribbon is tied more tightly.
Booties can be lengthened or shortened by adding or subtracting multiples of 4 rows (to match stripe pattern on upper) in the middle of the sole and then adding or subtracting the same number of rows in the top of the bootie.
As a rough guide, the sole measurement should be:
Newborn = 3-1/2 inches (9 cm)
3-6 months = 4 inches (10 cm)
6 months = 4-1/4 inches (11 cm)
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on US #7 (4.5 mm) needles
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on US #5 (3.5 mm) needles
Color A: 2 skeins in color 01 Black
Color B: 1 skein in color 12 Yellow
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Black and Yellow, or any worsted/aran weight yarn that knits to the same gauge in Black and Yellow or Gold.
US #7 (4.5 mm): one set of 5 DPNs, US #5 (3.5 mm): one pair of straight needles
1 tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Hat - 1-1/4 yards (1 meter) black satin ribbon 1/4 inch (7 mm)
Booties - 1-1/4 yds (1 meter) of Black Organza (organdie/chiffon) ribbon double edged with satin (helps prevent fraying)
Knitting stripes, stockinette, mattress stitch. Could be knitted in the rnd and seamed across top if preferred.