This is one of my favorite go-to patterns when making a baby hat. It’s adorable, it’s quick, it’s unisex, it’s easy, what else can I say? The design was inspired by a friend – originally I’d thought to just do regular dc with a few fpdc posts interspersed, but she, creative one that she is, remarked “the ribs go the opposite way, don’t they?” and so opposite way, more anatomically correct, ribs we have.
This hat was a best-seller at the AOTA fair a few years ago – so much so that people started wandering into our booth and asking “are YOU the guys with the pumpkin hats???” I should have listened to my sister and made like twenty of them, instead of oh, six. My most favorite transaction of the day was the mother who walked in with her baby strapped to her chest, put a pumpkin hat on the baby’s head, flipped the tag over to check the price, pulled a bill out of her pocket, handed it to me, and left without a word. The entire thing took about four seconds. Those are great sales. 😉
You’ll have to know how to fpdc and bpdc for this pattern, but once you pick it up it’s really simple and the end results are way more impressive than the time and effort you put into it. It kind of reminds me of that old school commercial where the mom makes Rice Krispie treats, then powders her nose with flour to make it look like it was really hard (but c’mon, hopefully by now we all know that they aren’t that hard. Actually wait, I made them a few years ago and my fully grown adult brother marveled and asked me how long they had taken to bake. So never mind.)