Celebrate BABY — little hat: finding the stretch

by Dana on March 26, 2012

I found this awesome hot pink/white striped knit fabric at the FIDM scholarship store last year. It’s super stretchy, medium weight (heavier than your standard T-shirt jersey knit), and has a slight brushed nap on the surface. It is so soft.
And I knew it would be perfect for a baby blanket one day.

So we’ve been using it for Clara to swaddle and get cozy. And I didn’t even do anything to it….just left the edges raw and threw it in the wash.
I did however, cut off a small strip to make a little baby hat.
You know I love stripes!

But a funny thing happened.
Like most striped knits, I assumed the fabric would stretch horizontally. So I made a hat (using an old newborn hat as my guide. Sorry no pattern to share with you….right now at least. You might—shhhhh—maybe see something in the next book though?….just sayin’).
Well, the finished hat had no stretch around the brim.

The stretch was on the vertical stripe.
Who does that?
And who sews an entire hat without noticing that?
Uh, me apparently.
So I recut and sewed it with the stripes going down, using a zigzag stitch along the brim to allow extra stretch in my stitch.
And I actually kind of love it even more.
And, it totally reminds me of this:
Mmmm. It’s 75 degrees here today in TX.  I’d totally trade my hat for yummy one of those.

So now we’ve got 2 hats. One that fits Clara, one that fits a doll.
And one baby who only wants to cry when I take pics of the hat. I promise she loves it!
Happy Monday.
Check out the Celebrate BABY archives HERE.

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1 Heidi /I'm with Leia March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

So cute hat and I love the princess style blanket :)


2 Emily W. March 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I think I had a grin on my face the entire time I read this!!!! :)
I do like the end result though. Very cute!!! :)


3 megan March 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

lol… had to laugh when I got to the picture of hot dog on a stick. I was totally phrasing a comment in my head while I read your post that was gonna be like, “this totally reminds me of …”. :) But I guess you’re already there.

p.s. that fabric looks really cozy!


4 anna March 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

totally you (and so cute on clara). hmm, the new book already sounds fun!


5 Leanne March 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This is so cute! I have to say, your blog makes me want to quit my job and go home to sew every time I come here. Great stuff!


6 Tiffany March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Really cute, she looks adorable!


7 Amy March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I did the same thing the first time I used tricot for a swimsuit – totally expected the stretch to go one way & it went the other. (Luckily, it’s pretty stretchy no matter which way you use it!)
Either way, Clara’s hat turned out cute!


8 kristen duke photography March 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

look at your adorable baby!!!! It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by…;)


9 Leigh Anne March 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

LOL! This totally happened to me too! I was preggo with #3 and making a baby hat for the hospital. It was adorable and I only had a tad bit of fabric. Got done and admired my handi-work….only to realize there was no stretch. I packed it in my hospital bag just in case, but it didn’t even fit her in the hospital. So bummed. Happy you had more material to work with. It is super cute in the vertical version :)


10 delia March 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

ha…cute post! I like the vertical stripes too…although I didn’t think I would at first. But on her – adorable!


11 allison March 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

i like the 2nd one better! glad it worked out!


12 Jackie March 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I love it. Too cute.


13 Lindsay March 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

It totally reminded me of Hot Dog On A Stick, too! So cute. :)


14 katie Evans March 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I could really go for a hotdog on a stick right now! I love the hat. So cute and what fun pictures too!


15 nath March 27, 2012 at 4:46 am
16 themissymom March 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You make me smile ;0)


17 casey March 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

LOL! The Hot Do on a Stick killed me! Thanks for the 80′s mall memories!


18 liZ evans March 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Love the verticle stripes—and if does remind you of Hot Dog on a Stick that’s perfect because Wednesday is “Something on a Stick Day”. (It really is…)


19 Ruth March 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I made the same mistake last week in making a much-needed shirt for myself! It’s Knit fabric that has a really cool puckered texture to it, and I thought for sure the stretchiness would put the puckers horizontal. After sewing everything except the hem, I tried it on and couldn’t believe my mistake. It was droopy in the armpits, way longer than it should have been. I (briefly) contemplated wearing it anyway, but just can’t bring myself to do it. I plan on cutting it up to make an outfit or two for my 9 month-old baby girl. At least it won’t be a complete waste. *sigh*
BTW, I’ve been soaking up you fabrics book. It’s exactly what I’ve been needing.


20 Kathy Laird March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love the hat, but the baby is even better! :-)


21 Ashley March 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Haha it totally does. Love!


22 gret April 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

oh I did that a few weeks back with a toddler tee!! Annoying! Of course she won’t wear it because it’s now a little snug. Two adorable hats anyhow. :)


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