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Knitting a Pumpkin Hat for Fall!

Okay, I held off for as long as I could.  But we're nearly halfway through September, Arkansas's heat wave is nearly gone, and it is just plain time to start talking about pumpkin things.  Actual pumpkins, pumpkin-flavored drinks, pumpkin recipes--I love them all.  But it wasn't until I had my daughter a couple of years ago that I learned of the wonderful world of pumpkin hats.

I love a good theme hat, obviously.  But a pumpkin hat?  Oh man.  Knock me over with a skein of sock yarn.  I cannot handle that kind of cute.  One of the very first times I successfully followed a hat pattern was when I made my little girl a pumpkin hat.  I was super motivated because there was no way I was going to take her to the pumpkin patch without a hand knitted pumpkin hat.

Oh look, it's all my dreams coming true in one chilly afternoon.  Also, holy crappy decrease stitches, Batman!

My little girl's hat still fits her, but I wanted to try out the Punkin' Patch hat from Warm Hats for Wee Noggins because this pattern has a leaf AND a tendril.  Besides, I rationalized to myself, I have a friend at work who loves pumpkins and this would be really precious on her granddaughter.  And you guys, this little hat did not disappoint. 

I love it! 

As always, I went down a needle size (to a Size 7) because of my gauge, but that's it.  And that's not even really a mod.  Everything about this adorable little creation is perfect.  It calls for your standard worsted weight yarn, and I used some Red Heart and Vanna's Choice along with scraps for the leaf and tendril. 

Oh, and that stem?  It involves just the tiniest bit of stranded knitting.

It doesn't hurt a bit, I swear!  Since there's only three rows of knitting with two colors, and the hat itself is so small, this would be an excellent introduction to stranded knitting for a beginner.  And, it's adorable.  Just stinking adorable.

As you can tell, this hat will fit a head slightly larger than a pie pumpkin.

Well, probably a lot larger than a pie pumpkin.

I knit this in the 12 months size, but Warm Hats for Wee Noggins includes instructions for 3 preemie sizes and 3 full-term sizes with each pattern.  This could be a lovely little hat for any small person--especially those little folks who need warmth the most!

I really love this hat.  I love the way you knit the stem.  I love that the leaf is lighter than the stem.  I love that the tendril ..... exists.  Seriously, even if you don't have the yarn to make the leaf a lighter green than the stem, please find a tiny bit of scrap yarn to make this tendril.  It's an itty bitty amount of knitting and it's all curly and adorable and the perfect thing to add to a perfect hat for a perfectly adorable baby.  You just have to.  Promise me.

I realize I sound a bit silly but I take my silly hats very seriously. It's nearly fall and the pumpkins are here.

More importantly, so are the pumpkin hats!

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