I had one skein of Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Sprinkles (75% Acrylic/25% Nylon) in a blue, green and white called Tadpoles. It is very soft and I bought it last year without really knowing what I was going to do with it.
I now had a reason to use it. My two close friends both gave birth to boys this year and I can now knit them hats. Baby clothes are so adorable and faster to knit or crochet up than an adult garment, so it gives a faster done-with-this-project good feeling.
I just used a basic k2, p2 ribbing pattern so it will be stretchy to grow with them.
I used a size 11 needle, because they weren't kidding when they call this chunky yarn. Because it is chunky, it worked up even faster.
One hat will be for Ryan, which I topped it off with an i-cord, in a sort of fanciful curly-q fashion. That will be for Christmas. I currently have it folded at the bottom edge, but it can be unfolded to fit his growing head over the winter months.
The second hat will be for Oliver, which I topped off with an old-fashioned pom-pom. I used my cell phone as a guide for making the pom-pom.
Once wrapped I tied a short piece of yarn around the middle and cut the loops at both ends and fluffed it up.
I then took the original yarn that was used to tie the middle and with the crochet hook, threaded those ends through the top of the hat. I turned the hat inside-out and tied those ends in a knot to secure it the the top of the hat.
I love how the pom-pom is just as big as the hat. Too darn cute! I got to meet Oliver last Wednesday and I was able to give him his little Sprinkles hat.
I still need to meet Ryan, who is up in Mass. I might be coming for a visit over Thanksgiving, so I hope that I will be able to see a few friends and meet Ryan while I'm there.