I havent made a ton, but i really like a simple pattern myself, and just made this one: <a href="http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwe-kimonoLayette.html?noImages=0" target="_blank">http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/...tml?noImages=0</a><br><br>
The only thing I did differently is not use 2 colors, and instead of binding it off and doing a knot, when I got down to the last 5 stitches, I just cut a very long tail on the yarn, threaded it through the 5 stitches and used that to sew a hem right down back. My hat that was 3-6 mos fit on my larger sized 2 yr even and w/ the brim folded up was very tiny and I am sure will fit the newborn we're expecting as well (because its done in a basic kpkp rib so is extremely stretchy)
Any pattern with earflaps and ties for me. I can never seems to get the stocking hats to stay on right. Maybe I'm poorly skilled as a knitter or I'm just not picking the right pattern<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've made this one several times and usually omit the horns:<br><a href="http://www.kittyville.com/knit/devil_hat.html" target="_blank">Li'l Devil Baby Hat</a><br>
You can also make them with kitty or puppy dog ears too.<br><br>
I have some yarn from OtherMothernMadre that is waiting for this pattern (again, omitting the critter)<br><a href="http://www.helloyarn.com/topdownbonnet.htm" target="_blank">Top Down Bonnet Hat with Anime Character</a><br><br>
I just made a <a href="http://www.helloyarn.com/gnomey.htm" target="_blank">Gnomey Hat</a> (from Helloyarn) using Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton for a friend's baby--just in time too! I didn't do pompoms. I made an i-cord for the earflaps. <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/rikkon11/DSC00042.jpg" target="_blank">Click here to see the hat I made</a>.
You can't go wrong with:<br><br><a href="http://www.helloyarn.com/topdownbonnet.htm" target="_blank">Cutest bonnet ever!</a> Just noticed a PP's recommendation for this pattern-- isn't it fun how the hat grows from the top? I love the figure-eight cast-on now!<br><br>
I've made it in newborn size with soft sock yarn, and big-girl size with worsted. I have put the ears on a couple of times, once I put pompoms instead (very cute) but it's classic and sweet without either. It can be boyish as well as girlish depending on yarn, if that's a goal. It's a fun knit.<br><br>
Also the <a href="http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/V6_baby.html" target="_blank">Fibertrends 'earcozies' pattern</a>. I really like knitting this one, and it fits very well, cupping the ears nicely even when the baby doesn't like ties under their chin.
I like <a href="http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/iceland_babyhat.html" target="_blank">this one</a>. It's easy to adapt--I used worsted weight yarn and size 7's, and made it a tad smaller for a younger baby.