One of my favorite threads on Ravelry is the free paid patterns alert in the Knitpicks Stashdown group. Links are posted to patterns that are normally for sale, but are free for a limited time. Recently, the designer Elizabeth Roggasch made an amazing offer, giving away all of her patterns for free. I hadn't seen them before, but I fell in love with a lot of them. The designer has a lot of adorable baby hats, so the offer was also particularly well-timed, as friends of ours welcomed a baby last week (actually, a few sets of friends welcomed new babies -- I'm excited for our daughter to have some playmates).
Since mom and dad didn't want to know what sex their baby would be before birth, I tried to pick a gender neutral hat. Because it gets pretty cold here in the winter (especially this week!), I thought it would be cute if it was something that reflected that chill. Therefore, I chose the Little Bucket Bear Hat, but modified it to look like a polar bear hat.
I used white Cascade 220 Superwash and black KnitPicks Stroll Glimmer (held double except in the snout, because I didn't want to break into another ball of yarn). I improvised the eyes and snout using half-double crochet in the round. The inner ears are also smaller than the inner ears in the pattern.
I hope mom, dad, and baby love it. I think it's really cute, and I'm pretty proud of myself for my first crochet project that required counting and sizing!
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