Everyone always asks me where the inspirations for my designs come from, and I never know how to answer, as I’m inspired by everything from my giant red hibiscus in my garden to a photograph in the Moma catalogue. I love to knit while watching movies from my collection of classics, and this hat was definitely inspired by “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”, an old charmer starring Doris Day and David Niven.
I usually do embroidered flowers, and wanted something more sculptural and dimensional this time. I think this 3-D effect lends a flirty air to the chapeau. Don't you agree? I’m always looking for new ways to embellish, and these sculptural daisies are easy to do, with an adorable result.
MinnowMerino 100% extra fine superwash merino
MinnowMerino is a fabulous machine washable yarnavailable in amazing kid-friendly colors. Jil Eaton offers incredible pattern support in the form of single patterns and in her up-coming new book Pipsqueaks, Deluxe QuickKnits for Babies & Toddlers (available in October). The super soft, almost cashmere-like feel, and ability to be machine washed, makes easy-to-wear, easy-to-care-for finished knits. The larger gauge assures that the garment will be finished before the little one has out grown the size!
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Jil designed her Daisy Chapeau with the brim knit flat in garter stitch, to be seamed up later. The stitches are joined to work the crown in stockinette stitch in the round. This pattern detail makes for an even transition between the brim and the crown of the hat. If the beginning of the hat had been worked in garter stitch in the round, a “jog” in the transition between the two stitch patterns would have made for an uneven looking brim. Working the brim flat also allows the hat to be knit without any purl rounds!
Embellishments can turn an ordinary project into something extra special. In her Daisy Chapeau, Jil adds interest at the top by ending it in I-cord that is then tied into a little knot. To make the cap even more fanciful, I-cord flowers are knit and then sewn onto the brim. These added details are easy to work and make an extra-ordinary finished product.