It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of speed knitting lately. Maybe because I’m having trouble with long deadlines. Or because I have a really short attention span. Whatever.
The other day my husband told me he was going to a baby shower after work the next day. A colleague had just adopted a baby who was a little small for his age. We were outside playing with the girl before bedtime when he told me. I think maybe the heat or the sun or something got to me, because I said “I could knit a hat for you to take.”
Seriously? A hat in an evening? Sure, baby heads are small, but that was kind of a ridiculous promise.
Still, I had it all planned out. It would be blue, because the baby was a boy and because I had this great yarn I’d just written a review of that I wanted to get my hands back on. Mostly Stockinette Stitch, but with some ridges thrown in for interest and to break up the colors of the tonal yarn.
I kind of guessed on how many stitches I needed and initially guessed wrong. If not for having to rip out two inches of knitting I really could have finished it in an evening.
As it was, I had about five rows to knit the next morning before he took it to work to oohs and aahs all around, I imagine.
You can find the pattern (which I sized up to a 2-year-old, but even I couldn’t knit that in an evening) at my About.com site. I think it turned out really well, and I was impressed with myself that I could do it that fast. I may just be needing to knit a few more of these for all the new little boys who are about to be born.