A fishing family of my acquaintance is expecting a new minnow, and I've long wondered if an adult hat pattern could be adapted to make a baby cocoon, specifically that cute Knitty fish hat that looks like it's eating your head. What if it could eat a whole baby? Would they name him/her Jonah?
Anyway, here it is:
Not a real baby. It's a stunt double.
The opening is the regular hat size. That turned out to be the diameter of various baby cocoon patterns that I checked out. Then I just extended the body length of the hat and finished with the prescribed taper and tail, adding a little extra to the fins to keep it in better proportion. Now, I know this is a little weird-looking to normal people, but, trust me, Alaska fisherpeople are going to think it's the height of cool hilarity to stuff their darling in a big wooly fish maw to snuggle down for a nap.
But wait, there's more.
The minnow has siblings that we can't leave out. Besides, I've got plenty more yarn!
There's a pink salmon hat for toddler big sister:
Made with a scaled-down version of the original Knitty hat. Thanks so much Emma Lindberg for doing all the hard work!
And we haven't forgotten Big Brother, who looked to be about the age of the kids in the Knitty pattern. For him, it's the original pattern size. He was most emphatic that his hat should also copy the x-ed out dead fish eyes, so here it is, dead fish on yer head.
Details of yarn, etc are on my Ravelry project pages.
Caution: the end of this blog post will install a nasty earworm if you dare to click on the video. You have been warned.