And because Elf is reminding us, I bring to you a gift idea that I think is as yummy in its cuteness as it is in its practicality. The fact that the hat is knitted up in worsted weight (ok, the little cherry is in DK), it can easily be made on any on of those Fridays! Cutie Patooties‘ Cupcake Hat is not only as cute as the designer’s name but is a quick knit that can use up your leftovers. All I did was go to my leftover yarn stash and in no time had the lush light pink merino for the ribbed brim, otherwise to look like cake, the frosting in a more rugged fiber, and small amounts for the cherry and stem that you stuff with a little fiberfill. Choose a size (the pattern is written for 3 different sizes) and in no time at all you have a hand made gift that will delight!
Here is my version, a recent little gift I gave to my granddaughter at a family reunion. Knitted in size 1 – 3, you see the ribbing folded back, a lovely alternate way to fit and wear for now while offering expansion opportunities for later.
Skills: the stuffed cherry needs some skill in magic loop or double-pointed needles and the icing dribbling from the frosting is a bit of crochet. The hat is knitted flat, sewn together, ribbing is added by picking up stitches along one side, a deft darning needle gathers the top allowing you to then, decorate to your heart’s content. Possibilities: sprinkles, multiple cherries, leaves… use your imagination!