Baby boom bear beanie stuffed and standing up

The Fastest Baby Knit in the West

It’s official. Everyone I know is having a baby.

This time it’s an old colleague of my husband and I. We all worked together in New Zealand; he moved home to Prague, and while my husband kept in sporadic touch, I didn’t. When we booked tickets for a weekend in Prague, we shot the colleague an email. He just replied a week before we take off, saying it would be great to catch up, let’s get lunch, apologies for the late reply, he just had a baby.

Enter the fastest baby knit in the west.

This is the fastest baby knit in the west

I know I shouldn’t toot my own horn, but I do love the Baby Boom Beanie pattern. It works with any yarn, and looks so cute! I can work one up in under three hours, including blocking.

I’ve mentioned this before here, here, and oh, here too:

Look what fell off the needles the other morning 💕

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This version is gender neutral, because I don’t know the sex of the baby. And it’s a little on the large size, so it’s likely to fit either right now, or next winter. I don’t know a single detail about this baby. I don’t think my husband asked, but I don’t think the old colleague offered either.

Since I can’t tell you about the Mystery Baby, I’ll tell you about the hat. The pattern is Baby Boom Bear or Bunny Beanie (one of my own), the yarn is King Cole Cuddles and I used a 3.25mm needle. I know some people hate on fun fur, but I love this one. It’s so soft, and well, cuddly!

Soft and huggable knitting with fun fur

I cast on seven stitches for the brim, and knit for about 40cm. This gives us a size which should fit between a 6 month to 1 year old baby, which the Mystery Baby will be at some point.

It looks a little floppy lying down, so here’s a pic of it standing up (stuffed with a ball of yarn). Cute, no?

Baby boom bear beanie stuffed and standing up

Cute enough that it doesn’t matter to me whether or not it ever graces the head of Mystery Baby. I had a good time making it, so who cares if it’s the wrong size, or if the parents decide it’s Too Wrong-Gender Looking and don’t use it, or only dress their baby in natural fibres, or or or. This is only a little hat. But it says a whole lot. Like “welcome to the world.”

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