I've been in a real mood to knit lately, and a hat sounded like fun. I was looking through Knit Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family, and the Fun Stripes hat pattern for babies and toddlers really looked like, well, fun!
The hat is knit in a striped pattern with two different yarns, but I had seen projects on Ravelry where knitters had made this with gradient yarn. Since I was in the mood to knit, but not to weave in ends, I decided to bust out a skein of Lion Brand Amazing that I had waiting for such an occasion as this. I love the way the yarn shifts colors and the Aurora's colorway seemed like it would be perfect for my little girl with its pinks and blues. I love that yarn all the time, but it sounded like a really good choice for all the stockinette that a plain beanie would hold.
And I think it looks lovely! My three-year-old is not quite in the toddler stage any more, but this fits her pretty well. It's admittedly more 'beanie' than 'slouchy', but small kids don't tend to wear slouchy hats the way adults do anyway. She was very excited with this regardless, and wore it for an entire morning as she played. The yarn is soft and fluffy, the pattern is cute, and this whole project was fun. The pattern lived up to its name!
The ribbing is stretchy enough to stay on a larger child if you're knitting this in the Toddler size, and I'm sure it could even fit a big kid if you just knit the body of the hat a bit longer than the recommended 4 1/4". I've got half a mind to cast on just a few extra stitches and make this for myself! I think if I had enough of the skein of Amazing left on hand, I just might do it! Because firstly, who doesn't love matching mother-daughter hats? (Please don't tell me if you don't.)
And secondly, who wouldn't love a little ever-so-slightly slouchy beanie like this?