A childhood friend of mine became a father for the first time this summer, and, since I was going to see his parents today, I thought it would be nice to make a hat for his baby. Since I'm all about snowflakes right now it was easy to decide what type of hat to make!
I used Elizabeth Roggasch's Half Double Crochet Beanie as a base for the hat. Hdcs are my favourite stitch to use for a hat because it doesn't take too long to grow, they have give, and they're really easy to attach things to afterwards. This is a really nice pattern because it gives measurement guidelines so you know even if your gauge is off (mine always is) that your hat will be the right size.
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Blue Mint for the main body of the hat. I used White in the same yarn for the edging and snowflake, held together with Twilleys of Stamford Goldfingering in white. It's hard to see from the photo, but it gives it a little bit of sparkle.For more information on specific yarns etc, see my project on Ravelry.
I intended to make the 3-6 month size, but lost concentration and wound up with 54 stitches on round 6 instead of 50. However, I have tight tension and when I measured it seemed to be the correct size (even though it wound up being the 6-9month size as written). Also I wanted to end up with a multiple of three stitches on the last round. The other main modification I made was working in a spiral rather than rounds; this meant I avoided having a seam. I finished up with a border of scs in white with a picot (ch3, sl st into first ch) every three stitches.
For the snowflake, I used a 3.5mm hook to make my Snowflake Wishes 2 snowflake. I sewed it on to the hat making sure to sew down the ch5s from the snowflake to the hat to prevent it from curling.
I'm really pleased with how this came out, especially since it was so simple to do! Worth bearing in mind making something like this for a last minute Christmas present :)