Scrumptious Toppers for Tots & Toddlers

Scrumptious Toppers for Tots & Toddlers

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30 hats and caps from Debby Ware

Debby Ware


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  • Product # 070995
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-56158-998-2
  • Published Date 2008
  • Dimensions 8 x 9
  • Pages 144
  • Photos 80 photographs
Sweet, sassy, and all sorts of fun, the hat and cap designs in Scrumptious Toppers for Tots & Toddlers are the perfect knitted baby accessories for the little ones in your life! Knitting maven Debby Ware, creator of the famous Debby Ware knit kits sold nationwide, has drawn on her years of experience to create this enchanting collection of colorful, quirky hand-knit hats for tots.

Scrumptious Toppers for Tots & Toddlers is a must for your knitting reference library, and it's the perfect gift for expectant moms, grandmothers, or anyone who loves to knit.

Here you'll find 30 pint-sized knit hat and cap patterns that come in bright, unexpected color combinations -- lots more than just pastel pink and blue. You'll want to make every one, from the Glitter and Glow Beanie to the Rainbow Sack Hat.

Three separate sections -- Homecoming, Hooplas, and Humdingers -- are filled with complete knitting patterns and instructions for hats that will charm and captivate you. Just imagine any of these on a smiling baby: Newborn Beanie, Hobo Hat, Peppermint Cap, Feathers and Fringe Fedora and many more, all designed to fit newborns to two-year-olds.

There are delightful hand-knit creations to mark special occasions, too, including the Birthday Cupcake Cap, Halloween Hat, Tea Garden Hat, Firecracker Topper, and for festive days, the Glittery Holiday and Holly Holiday Hats. These eye-catching toppers are easy to knit, perfect for beginning to more advanced knitters. These inventive knitwear patterns offer endless opportunities to unleash your own creativity and to mix and match colors.

Hand knit and made with love, these charming knit hats are not only welcome gifts today but destined to be instant family heirlooms to be enjoyed for years!

About the Author
Debby Ware is the founder of Debby Ware Knitwares, which sells baby knit kits -- a pattern plus yarn -- to more than 800 stores and catalogers across the country. She is also the author and co-author on books dedicated to knitting for babies.
Table of Contents

Glitter & Glow Beanie
Birthday Cupcake Cap
Baby Beastie Beanie
Newborn Beanie
Greenie Beanie
Fancy Scrumptious Beanie
Rainbow Sack Hat
Hobo Hat
Baby Chick Cap

Halloween Hat
Glittery Holiday Hat
Tea Garden Hat
Holly Holiday Hat
Black and White and Red All Over
Crystal Party Hat
Fizzle Ruffle Beanie
Pretty-in-Pink Cap
Peppermint Candy Cap
Firecracker Topper
Hearts & Flowers Hat

Black & Bright Beret
Circles & Dots Beret
Heavenly Harlequin Hat
Wee Wild One
Feathers & Fringe Fedora
Bull's-Eye Beret
Bobble Beanie
Squiggle Circus Beanie
Lemon Drop Crown
Swirls & Cherries Beret


Special Stitches

Standard Yarn Weights

Welcome to my zany world of knitting for babies!

It is not just a world of delicate pastel pinks and blues, but also one filled with bright and unusual color combinations. The 30 hat projects in this book include traditional designs with new twists as well as modern shapes that are easy to create.

My mother, Charlotte, taught me how to knit when I was only eight, and it has been my passion ever since. I cannot remember a time since then that I haven't been working on a sweater for myself or a good friend. It took me years to learn to stop knitting for boyfriends. It always seemed that the romance was finished just when the sweater was. That's why I still haven't made a sweater for my husband, Will!

I find knitting hats for babies to be a particularly satisfying experience. When designing them, I get inspired by so many things -- different colors and shapes, a passing glance at some delightful dessert, or even a chicken! Using graph paper and colored pencils to first sketch an idea is probably prudent, but that's just not my style. I start with needles and some wonderful yarn, then jump in full swing and enjoy the ride. I may have an idea of where I want a project to go, but it usually leads me in an entirely different direction. Who would ever guess, for example, that the Baby Chick Cap started out as an attempt to create a princess crown?

Sometimes what ends up on my needles is pretty awful and I start all over again, but that doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed myself along the way, and this method has led me to some great designs. So don't be afraid to use my patterns as a starting point to your own one-of-a-kind creations. Any way you decide to knit them, the hats in this book will turn out as wearable tokens of affection that the baby you have in mind will love. The projects are so quick to complete that there's no chance of tedium setting in, and unlike socks or gloves, you only need to create one!

Yarns for these projects range from colorful cottons to warm chenilles and soft, glittery nylons. I mostly suggest machine-washable yarns throughout the book, but even in today's busy world, hand-washing a small baby hat is doable. The few novelty yarns I recommend are used repeatedly in my designs, so buy just one skein and you'll be set.

A word about sizing: Babies are born with different size heads, and those head sizes vary even more during the first year. The ages and corresponding hat sizes given here are suggestions. Be sure to measure the head of the baby for whom you are creating these wonderful hats so you can be sure the fit is right. Remember that cotton is a fickle fiber -- it tends to resist stretching when used with certain stitches, like seed stitch. Keep that in mind when sizing your hats.

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