We all know how much I love ribbon hats. (Alright that last one isn't exactly the same, but it's got some ribbons snuck in there.) I can't help but knit them. However, I couldn't help but feel that ribbon hats are slighted biased on the girly side.
So when I found a lone skein of Jaeger Baby Merino DK in the stash, originally destined for booties, but lacking the correct color partner to knit up a pair of bear booties (ravlink). I bravely reclaimed the yarn for another ribbon hat, this time taking it upon myself to knit up a more masculine version.
I sewed the ends of the ribbons flat together and left them on the outside of the hat, so as not to have rough ends against soft baby heads. Hopefully creating the effect of a smoother finish. I tried leaving the top blank, but the hat felt naked. I briefly contemplated a small pompom, but it seemed out of place with all the ribbons. So, I opted for a curly ribbon topper rather than all the spiky ends. I don't think curly ribbons are more masculine, but hopefully they are more babyish than girlish. (The hat is newborn sized.)
This is the result-and a pair of matching booties. What do you think? Are these too girly for a boy? If you have little boys would you put it on them?