I had a choice this week between blogging and getting a pattern ready to publish--I could only scrape together enough time for one or the other--so I hope you don't mind that I kept my ramblings to myself for a few days and got this pattern together instead.
This is the coming home hat I knit for JJ, now available as a FREE download right here.
It requires about 75-80 yards of sport weight yarn, and US sz 4 DPNs.
The "hugs and kisses" XO cabled brim is knit flat lengthwise. Then the ends are grafted together, and stitches picked up along the top edge for the body of the hat, which is knit in the round.
Though the yarn is a lighter weight, newborns are so small, this still knits up quickly, and would make a lovely gift. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Tart for JJ's hat, and think the very subtle tonal quality gives it a nice touch.
You can also find the Smooches hat on Ravelry here.
Adorable baby not included.