It is enjoyable to be knitting a pink newborn hat for charity. It is especially rewarding and relaxing after several failed attempts. I will spare you the frustrating details, however, they included DPNs, straight needles (required a seam), too-long circular needles, magic loop, and incorrect needle size for specific yarn. Did I mention knitting up a gauge swatch was beneath me. Tsk, tsk. Soon I became obsessed in mastering a baby hat.
Therefore, back to knitting basics such as following the pattern with the correct yarn and needle size. A gauge swatch was made. Success. Next a trip to my LYS with hopes of finding a shorter length circular needle. Another success. Bonus was the moral support and advice provided by LYS (somethings you can't get online). I am using ChiaoGoo circular needles bamboo size 6 with a 16-inch length. Initially, the cast-on (64 stitches) and first two rows seemed a bit tight, however, the stitches soon relaxed as I did also. It has been smooth knitting ever since.
HERE for pattern. As you can see, I am making a solid color version. Knitting two-color stripes can wait for the second hat. Lol. Yarn is Cascade Superwash 220 which is quality yarn and soft for my knitting fingers, but more importantly, soft for baby's head.
Stay tuned on when the results when I am forced to use DPNs for crown shaping. Since I won't be starting the pattern with them, I think I shall be okay. Any suggestions and/or advice is appreciated.