Author (and loom-knit designer extraordinaire) Bethany Dailey has dedicated loads of time and passion to make her self-published debut. More than 30 fun patterns for kids of all ages fill the pages. With adorable photos by Christina Flores and Bethany's playful prose — designing this book can hardly be considered work. And Jenny Stark also has been a proof-reading grammar goddess ...
Just today she enlightened me that the rule for commas in a series is different for Standard English (her method) than for AP style (my method). I've been trying to do it her way for fun throughout the day — but it's so hard! I am giddy, conflicted, and itching to take out that comma before "and"! ;-)
OK, back to the book! After "working" on it for a few weeks, I could no longer resist trying out one of the projects. I chose the simple, chic So Cool Cap in the 6-month-old size. What a coincidence that our own lil' one-to-come should be just the right age to wear it later in the winter!
Knitting the hat was a breeze and could be done in a day. I thought I had knit the bill wrong (twice!) when it came off the loom. But after following the clever instructions to sew it on, it all made sense and it looks perfect!
The pattern details a crocheted circle for the top — or to go with your own flavor of embellishment like a pom pom or button. I went back to the loom. Using the 8-peg side of the pink Knifty Knitter spool, I used a gathered cast-on on all pegs. I knit about 8 rows and then did a basic bind-off. Then I cinched my cast-on to close up the top, using the extra yarn to fill the bubble before seaming. I'm sure crochet is probably faster so if you know it, use it!
The cap was complete and my hat forms were just not worthy. So my friend, Erin, allowed me to borrow her almost 6-month daughter, Kaitlyn, for a photo shoot. This gave me a new respect for Christina's photo skills. I had a hard time focusing on the bubbly, roll-y little girl! But the both the hat and happy model turned out adorable!
For your own chance to make this cap and more, check out Bethany's Kickstarter endeavor for pre-orders. If you pledge now, then she will know she has enough to fund the book's release. Watch the video to learn more about her and how the book is also going to help children in need. Bethany has two crafty hands and a heart of gold!