(Update April 6th, 2012: This pattern is now available here)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not eating corned beef and cabbage. Or drinking a Guinness. Or even wearing green. But I wanted to share this gorgeous Good Luck Baby Hat with you!

baby girl hat ruffled pattern

(If you’re wondering why there is snow on the hat, it is because we still have snow in mid-March. Yes. ‘Tis true.)

It’s quite simple really and I’d say an adventurous beginner knitter could do this.

Pattern: Now available here.
Yarn: Sport weight. 50 g. Coming soon. Like, real soon.
Needles: US size 6

So here’s the scoop.

I knitted this for an adorable new lil’ cousin of mine. It’s knitted with a new gradient-dyed yarn I’ll be listing for sale soon. I’m just waiting on some equipment to arrive so I can start producing these for sale. To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. I. Am. STOKED! I’ve never used that word before. Where it just came from, I do not know.

So, once that yarn is ready, I am planning on offering this pattern for free with purchase of the yarn. I might, however, just upload this to Ravelry. Or both. But I have to get it written up first and double checked and all that good stuff. You can add in your email address to the right if you don’t want to miss the pattern announcement. (Update April 6th, 2012: Pattern available now here.)

So. As you can see, this starts as a cute warm pink, fades into a lovely lavender, and then into blue, teal and green. You can’t really see the teal, though, because it’s hidden under the top ruffle.

Aren’t the ruffles too cute? I essentially worked this from the top down, worked the first ruffle and then bound off. Then I picked up stitches underneath and created the second ruffle.

Finally, I crocheted the 4-leaf clover so the baby will always have the blessing of good luck! When I knit for other people, I always chant things in my head with each stitch to infuse blessings on that person. Things like: Peace. Joy. Love. Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. Hope. It’s a very relaxing way to knit and when you send love out, it is always a good thing!

Also, as it turns out, this makes an ideal post for St. Patrick’s Day!

So enjoy your green day. I’m off to edit some more pictures for the next blog post, plus start skeining some yarn to get dyed for you (oh, my new dyes came in. Very exciting) and knit on a new scarf pattern I’m designing for you, using some of my hand-spun yarn. I do so love patterns that emphasize the unique thing that is hand-spun yarn. So I think I shall design some lovelies for you.

Until next time, I shall leave you with this Irish blessing:

“May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.”

Peace & Light