Just a reminder before I start today's post: there is still one day to enter my stocking giveaway, if you haven't already :). I've finally started unloading the boxes in our upstairs (I know, we've been here five months, but there's been a lot going on!) and I found an almost finished baby bonnet that I'd been working on:
How sweet is this? I'd totally forgotten about it (the hazards of having a thousand projects going on), but it's from one of my favorite baby knits books, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. I picked it up several years ago at Half Price Books, and I've made probably half of the projects in it with great success. All the patterns are very easy to follow, and each of them are labeled with an experience level, which I found very helpful when I was new to knitting clothes. This hat is made from the Modern Baby Bonnet pattern, and is a super quick knit. Definitely a great weekend project.
Please excuse my somewhat unorthodox model; we don't happen to have any 3 month olds around that I can borrow :P. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, which I love for baby projects since it's so soft but still machine washable (very important in baby clothes). When I found the hat, all it needed was a button, and I happened to have a one in my stash that fit perfectly.
Once I added the button, I felt like it could us slightly more stability since babies tend to tug on straps, so I also added a snap closure.
The back is also really sweet:
I don't know if this is technically raglan shaping since it isn't a sweater, but it has the same effect. I'm also knitting a couple of top down raglan sweaters right now and I love the look of these increases. It appears that this pattern is free if you follow the Ravelry link, so I highly encourage you to check it out!
This bonnet has been listed in my Etsy store if you'd like to give it to a baby in your life :).