The Snow Pixie Hat's inspiration comes directly from my favorite knitting pattern – the Stella Pixie hat
by Kristin Rengren, from the book Vintage Baby Knits. I knitted a pea green version for my infant son,
and that hat has received more oohs and ahhs from people on the street than any other project I have
made by hand. I knew I had to design a sewn variation of the Stella Pixie for folks who don't knit –
plus, the Snow Pixie Hat is so quick to whip up that it makes a perfect last-minute baby gift!
0-6 months; 14” - 16” head circumference
6-12 months; 16” - 18” head circumference
12-36 months; 18” - 21” head circumference
For the Hat Exterior -16” square of a recycled wool sweater in a fine guage, fleece, or boiled wool fabric.
For the Hat Lining – 16” square of medium-weight cotton jersey, cotton stretch velour, or fleece.
Note: I used a boiled wool for the exterior of the hat and a cotton velour for the interior. Weir Dolls and Crafts has the softest organic cotton velour, perfect for wearing against a baby's soft skin. The important thing is that the fabrics you choose have some stretch to them. Just avoid wovens!
31” x 2” strip of 1 x 1 rib knit for finishing the edges and making the straps (make sure to cut this with the ridges running perpendicular to the long, 36” edge)
Coordination poly or cotton poly blend thread (the polyester makes the thread stronger – important for working with knits)
Pattern piece printed out on cardstock (or regular paper) and cut out.
Stretch (Jersey) needle for your sewing machine
Cut out the Fabric & Sew Hat Seams
Baste Together the Exterior and the Lining
Attach The Neck Binding
Attach the Face-Framing Binding/Straps
Meg McElwee is a certified Montessori teacher, sewing pattern designer, and author. She blogs about her adventures with fabric, thread, and mamahood at her website. Her second book, Growing Up Sew Liberated, is due out in May 2011.
Pattern & Photographs © 2010 Meg McElwee. Contact