This little hat has been percolating in my mind for a few months. Last summer while in Victoria and Albert museum in London I found a book "Dictionary of Children's Clothes 1700s to present "and there was an old delightful picture of a little boy wearing a hat that was referred to as deerstalker.The picture text reads: "Deerstalker a type of close-fitting cap with earflaps, originally of cloth but later versions for children were more often knitted... dates 1880-1950s. Bestway and Patons were among those producing knitting patterns for children's deerstalkers in the 1950s. derivation originally worn by deer hunters."
I kept returning to the picture over and over again and something in it spoke to me. Later on while looking for something to knit for a new little handsome I saw a tiny baby hat in a vintage-pattern collection. I read through the instructions and just had to knit the hat. It was written in a time before all these new tricks in the knitting world and while reading the pattern I knew how to make it more knitter friendly and thus this little hat was born.
From the start I wanted to keep the old fashioned feel to the hat and finding the perfect yarn took little bit of browsing. Blacker yarns has this beautiful BFL fingering weight, the feel is very woolly, and it was my number one choice for the hat. Later on I knit the hat in more mother friendly stuff, superwash merino wool and the hat works out just fine in various yarns. Superwash wool tends to stretch and that is why I suggest of using small needles to get a firm and stable fabric.
The pattern is written in one size for fingering weight yarn, it is aimed to be used during the first few months but this of course depends on the size of the little person. It is easy to upsize by taking bigger needles and heavier yarn. The visor is knit with short rows first, then the patterns continues from there with live stitches for the strip that runs from the forehead towards to back neck. Stitches for side squares are picked from the sides of the strip and then finally stitches for the neck ribbing are picked up from the sides of the side squares. It is quick to make, it uses only app 175 meters/191 yards of fingering weight or 4ply wool.
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