Baby J’s Barley hat was actually the first one I made, but he’s not particularly fond of stocking caps, so I wasn’t able to get any good photographs of it actually on his head. Luckily, he wore it for his 3-month photos with the lovely ladies at Red Bicycle Photography, and they got some cute shots of Barley #3 in action!
For Baby J, I made the Baby size and added an inch or so of length to make it a slouchy hat. In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t done that and had made it a beanie instead. Since he doesn’t sit independently yet, the slouchiness means that it tends to slip down over his eyes, which really makes him mad!
But the extra length does mean that he’ll be able to get at least 2 years of wear out of it, and maybe even 3 depending on how much it stretches. This is such a great quick pattern, and I love the simple, clean result. A good friend of mine is having her first baby in the spring, so once she finds out the sex around the first of the year, I think I’ll whip up a Barley hat for that little baby’s first year as well!