Sky Cap

Last year, we launched the first Bare Naked Knitspot Club with the Sky Ladder pattern package—a multi-sized pattern for rectangles that could serve a variety of purposes from scarf, to wrap, to blanket.

I knit the baby sized blanket as my prototype with the plan of using it for modeling shots along with Karolyn’s test knit of the petite wrap. My good friend, Debby, had a brand new grandson (Graham) and her daughter, Hannah, agreed to model for the club chapter (look how beautiful they are!).

I had not seen the baby yet and I wanted to bring a little gift. With one day to go before the shoot, I grabbed my blanket leftovers and cast on what seemed to be the right number of stitches for a one month old human head. But honestly, I was in completely uncharted territory (for me).

Well, it wasn’t bad—it could have been a little bigger around and a little less deep or more slouchy, but it was a start and we used it for photos.

I went home and worked on the sizing until I got it right. While I was at it, I wrote up additional sizes that would fit just about anyone (eight altogether)

If you happen to be at a loss for what to put in those Easter baskets for non candy eaters, this could be your answer. It’s fun, takes almost no time to knit, and you can make a little one out of leftovers or a bigger one out of one skein of sport or light DK yarn.

The brim and body of the Sky Cap are worked in fun cable and lace patterns, but the top is all garter stitch. The hat has nice body, but is really pretty lightweight making it perfect for this time of year when you never know what the weather is going to be like. (heh, well, unless you live here, where we know it will be cold . . . )

Maybe you’re knitting Sky Ladder and you’d like a little side project to go with it—something more portable that has some shape.

This cap is baby tested and has come out a winner. Yum-ilicious!

For some, it brings out their silly side; what’s not to love about that?

Shown just above in adult size large, knit in Mountain Meadow Wool Cody Sport, a deliciously soft and bouncy 2-ply merino in color natural cream.

Below on baby Padraig, the 9-month size, knit in Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK, color Pumice.

(We’re excited because our second color of this yarn should arrive today and be up in the store as soon as Emily and Erica can count and label it) Sky Cap is also included in the BNK 2012 eBook collection—12 terrific accessory patterns, each one multi-sized and suitable for gifting or keeping. Many will have universal appeal for women, men, and children alike. 

Well, that’s my Easter egg offering; hope you enjoy your weekend and that wherever you are, mother nature finally wakes up and does the spring thing!

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