North Star {Knit Baby Hoot}

This is the twenty-ninth post in my North Star November series….a soul centered discussion about depression.  Each day this month, I’ll be sharing a piece of my soul’s journey, along with a free pattern to thank you for taking part in such an important conversation!  Catch up by reading Day 28. Skip forward to Day 30. 

tree in sunrise

Find the Divinity Within

Why is it so hard to find divinity within?

The past month has been pretty radical and special for me.  Sharing this journey has been both healing and challenging.  It has taken courage, helped me to challenge my anxiety, and stretched my self compassion.

I’m proud to have made it to this point.  Thank you for joining me.

One thing I’ve noticed throughout this month is how hard it is for us all to find the divinity within.

Every time I asked you all to tell me positive things about yourself, I had very few comments.  Yet other posts had tons of comments throughout the month.

I can’t help but think this could be because you all, just like me, struggle to recognize your value.

You are inherently valuable.

You were meant to bring something special (your unique gifts!) to this world.

You’re the only YOU out there – and you are important!

I hope you’ll take a moment today to recognize how important, necessary, and wonderful your unique gifts are.

Life brings us many challenges, but the world (just like us!) is inherently good.  Bringing your unique gifts to the table and having faith that life will meet you halfway is what it’s all about.

Fire at night

Lean into darkness

Thanks for finding courage with me.

Thanks for leaning into the darkness, and for being the perfect addition to this community and the world.

I’d like to share the latest intention statement I made with my coach yesterday and once again challenge you to make your own.

I am a creative and spiritual being capable of creating my destiny.

Comment and tell me…

What is your unique gift?  What positive intention can you hold about yourself to help remember this gift?

{Though I do try to check all comments here on my blog regularly, it is not monitored 24/7.  If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help!  This suicide hotline is available 24 hours a day to support you: 1-800-273-8255}

Another little hoot hoot….

knit baby owl hat

Baby Owl Hat Knitting Pattern

Today I’m sharing my free owl hat knitting pattern.  This pattern features sizes Newborn through 1-2 Years.  It’s a super cute and very simple project which makes a fabulous baby shower gift.  This free knit owl hat pattern features bulky (5) weight yarn and size 6.0mm (US10) knitting needles.

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Baby Owl Hat Knitting Pattern

Average Head Circumference Size Chart

Newborn: 13-14”

0-3 Months: 14-15”

3-6 Months: 14-17”

6-12 Months: 16-19”

1-3 Years: 18-20”

Materials

  • Yarn: Approximately 50 yards of bulky (5) Yarn for the  base (color 1) for smaller sizes and approx. 75 yards of base color for larger sizes, approx. 10 yards each of  worsted (4) weight yarn for striping colors on the front patch (colors 2 & 3), approx. 10 yards of white bulky (5) weight yarn for the eyes, and approx. 2 yards of orange worsted (4) weight yarn for the nose.  (I used Lamb’s Pride Bulky for the base)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 6.0 mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) and Straight Needles AND Size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle
  • 2 Black Buttons for the eyes

Gauge

For main project:

8 sts and 11 rows = 2 inches (5 centimeters) Using bulky (5) and 6.0mm (US10) in stockinette stitch

For front patch:

10 sts and 14 rows = 2 inches (5cm) Using worsted (4) and 5.0mm (US8) In stockinette stitch

***It is important to check your gauge!***

Abbreviations

  • K: Knit
  • K2tog: Knit the next two stitches together
  • **: Repeat the section in between the two stars as specified

This pattern is written in US terms. 

Newborn Pattern

Cast on 52 sts onto Size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) using color 1

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit

Continue to knit each round until your project measures approx. 5.5 inches (14cm) from the cast on edge.

Knit 13 stitches.  Turn your project inside out (purled side should be facing out) and move to             straight needles (26 sts on each needle).  Bind off using the Three Needle Bind Off method.  Cut             yarn, and secure and weave in all ends.  Turn project right side out.  Cut 10, 10 inch (25.5cm)

pieces of color 2 yarn and use your yarn needle to pull them through the corners of your hat.

Tie a knot on both the inside and the outside of your hat to hold them in place.  Cut with approx. 2 inches (5cm) dangling.  Repeat for the other side.

 

For Front Patch:

Cast on 22 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using color 2

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Drop color 2 and pick up color 3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Drop color 3 and pick up color 2

Continue to repeat rows 1-4 until your piece measures approx. 3 inches (7.75cm) from the cast

on edge.

End on a repeat of row 2.  Bind off as if to knit.

Use your yarn needle to attach this piece to the front of your hat.  It should be placed 1 inch (2.5cm) into the center from either side and approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) from the base of your hat.

 

For Nose:

Cast on 5 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using orange worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P2tog, P1, P2tog (3 total sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P2tog, P1 (2 total sts)

Row 5: K2tog

Tie a knot and secure and weave in all ends.  Use your yarn needle to secure you nose directly onto

the center of your hat approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) below the top of your front patch.

 

For Eyes:

Cast on 27 sts onto size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles using white bulky weight yarn

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat 3 more times, K1 (5 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic             loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the middle of eye.  Using yarn needle, pull tail

through to the inside of the eye.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Repeat for second eye.  Place eyes slightly overlapping nose onto your hat.  Sew a button in the middle of each eye.

 

0-3 Month Pattern

Cast on 56 sts onto Size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) using color 1

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit

Continue to knit each round until your project measures approx. 6 inches (15.25cm) from the cast on edge.

Knit 14 stitches.  Turn your project inside out (purled side should be facing out) and move to             straight needles (28 sts on each needle).  Bind off using the Three Needle Bind Off method.  Cut             yarn, and secure and weave in all ends.  Turn project right side out.  Cut 10, 10 inch (25.5cm)

pieces of color 2 yarn and use your yarn needle to pull them through the corners of your hat.

Tie a knot on both the inside and the outside of your hat to hold them in place.  Cut with approx. 2

inches (5cm) dangling.  Repeat for the other side.

 

For Front Patch:

Cast on 25 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using color 2

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Drop color 2 and pick up color 3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Drop color 3 and pick up color 2

Continue to repeat rows 1-4 until your piece measures approx. 3.5 inches (8.75cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 2.  Bind off as if to knit.

Use your yarn needle to attach this piece to the front of your hat.  It should be placed 1 inch (2.5cm) into the center from either side and approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) from the base of your hat.

 

For Nose:

Cast on 5 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using orange worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P2tog, P1, P2tog (3 total sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P2tog, P1 (2 total sts)

Row 5: K2tog

Tie a knot and secure and weave in all ends.  Use your yarn needle to secure you nose directly onto

the center of your hat approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) below the top of your front patch.

 

For Eyes:

Cast on 27 sts onto size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles using white bulky weight yarn

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat 3 more times, K1 (5 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic             loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the middle of eye.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the eye.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Repeat for second eye.  Place eyes slightly overlapping nose onto your hat.  Sew a button in the middle of each eye.

3-6 Month Pattern

Cast on 60 sts onto Size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) using color 1

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit

Continue to knit each round until your project measures approx. 6.5 inches (16.5cm) from the cast on edge.

Knit 15 stitches.  Turn your project inside out (purled side should be facing out) and move to             straight needles (30 sts on each needle).  Bind off using the Three Needle Bind Off method.  Cut             yarn, and secure and weave in all ends.  Turn project right side out.  Cut 10, 10 inch (25.5cm) pieces of color 2 yarn and use your yarn needle to pull them through the corners of your hat.

Tie a knot on both the inside and the outside of your hat to hold them in place.  Cut with approx. 2 inches (5cm) dangling.  Repeat for the other side.

 

For Front Patch:

Cast on 28 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using color 2

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Drop color 2 and pick up color 3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Drop color 3 and pick up color 2

Continue to repeat rows 1-4 until your piece measures approx. 4 inches (10.25cm) from the caston edge.

End on a repeat of row 2.  Bind off as if to knit.

Use your yarn needle to attach this piece to the front of your hat.  It should be placed 1 inch (2.5cm) into the center from either side and approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) from the base of your hat.

 

For Nose:

Cast on 5 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using orange worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P2tog, P1, P2tog (3 total sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P2tog, P1 (2 total sts)

Row 5: K2tog

Tie a knot and secure and weave in all ends.  Use your yarn needle to secure you nose directly onto the center of your hat approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) below the top of your front patch.

 

For Eyes:

Cast on 27 sts onto size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles using white bulky weight yarn

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat 3 more times, K1 (5 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic             loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the middle of eye.  Using yarn needle, pull tail

through to the inside of the eye.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Repeat for second eye.  Place eyes slightly overlapping nose onto your hat.  Sew a button in the middle of each eye.

6-12 Month Pattern

Cast on 64 sts onto Size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) using color 1

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit

Continue to knit each round until your project measures approx. 7 inches (17.75cm) from the cast on edge.

Knit 16 stitches.  Turn your project inside out (purled side should be facing out) and move to             straight needles (32 sts on each needle).  Bind off using the Three Needle Bind Off method.  Cut             yarn, and secure and weave in all ends.  Turn project right side out.  Cut 10, 10 inch (25.5cm)

pieces of color 2 yarn and use your yarn needle to pull them through the corners of your hat.

Tie a knot on both the inside and the outside of your hat to hold them in place.  Cut with approx. 2

inches (5cm) dangling.  Repeat for the other side.

 

For Front Patch:

Cast on 30 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using color 2

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Drop color 2 and pick up color 3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Drop color 3 and pick up color 2

Continue to repeat rows 1-4 until your piece measures approx. 4.5 inches (11.5cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 2.  Bind off as if to knit.

Use your yarn needle to attach this piece to the front of your hat.  It should be placed 1 inch (2.5cm) into the center from either side and approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) from the base of your hat.

 

For Nose:

Cast on 5 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using orange worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P2tog, P1, P2tog (3 total sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P2tog, P1 (2 total sts)

Row 5: K2tog

Tie a knot and secure and weave in all ends.  Use your yarn needle to secure you nose directly onto the center of your hat approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) below the top of your front patch.

 

For Eyes:

Cast on 27 sts onto size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles using white bulky weight yarn

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat 3 more times, K1 (5 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic             loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the middle of eye.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the eye.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Repeat for second eye.  Place eyes slightly overlapping nose onto your hat.  Sew a button in the middle of each eye.

1 – 3 Year Pattern

Cast on 72 sts onto Size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles (or use the magic loop method) using color 1

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: Knit

Continue to knit each round until your project measures approx. 7.5 inches (19cm) from the cast on edge.

Knit 18 stitches.  Turn your project inside out (purled side should be facing out) and move to             straight needles (36 sts on each needle).  Bind off using the Three Needle Bind Off method.  Cut             yarn, and secure and weave in all ends.  Turn project right side out.  Cut 10, 10 inch (25.5cm)

pieces of color 2 yarn and use your yarn needle to pull them through the corners of your hat.

Tie a knot on both the inside and the outside of your hat to hold them in place.  Cut with approx. 2

inches (5cm) dangling.  Repeat for the other side.

 

For Front Patch:

Cast on 35 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using color 2

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Drop color 2 and pick up color 3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Drop color 3 and pick up color 2

Continue to repeat rows 1-4 until your piece measures approx. 5 inches (12.75cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 2.  Bind off as if to knit.

Use your yarn needle to attach this piece to the front of your hat.  It should be placed 1 inch (2.5cm) into the center from either side and approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) from the base of your hat.

 

For Nose:

Cast on 5 sts onto size 5.0mm (US8) Straight Needles using orange worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P2tog, P1, P2tog (3 total sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P2tog, P1 (2 total sts)

Row 5: K2tog

Tie a knot and secure and weave in all ends.  Use your yarn needle to secure you nose directly onto

the center of your hat approx. .5 inch (1.25cm) below the top of your front patch.

 

For Eyes:

Cast on 27 sts onto size 6.0mm (US10) Double Pointed Needles using white bulky weight yarn

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: *K2tog* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog* Repeat 3 more times, K1 (5 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the middle of eye.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the eye.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Repeat for second eye.  Place eyes slightly overlapping nose onto your hat.  Sew a button in the middle of each eye.

 

 

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20 Comments On “North Star {Knit Baby Hoot}”

  1. A unique gift within me is always be yourself for each soul is unique! A positive intention is to be careful who you trust for the devil was once an angel!

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  2. I’ve been reading through your posts and I admire your courage in talking about your depression. Recently I’ve been diagnosed with cardiac problems and developed a Neurological one as well convulsions, not seizures – convulsions. I’m 58 now — 54 when the first symptoms started and I was forced to retire. The last time I was in Emergency, was during a cardiac stress test — something went totally wrong and I had another convulsion (ironically I had had another test the day before re: my convulsions that was “unremarkable”), ended up being rushed to Emerg by the testing staff where even more tests were performed. To make a long story short, the Emerg doctor (whom I’ve met more times than I like to remember and was always quite arrogant) came into my emergency bay and told me very gently that he had no answers and there were no more tests that he could perform. I was devastated. I had hoped since this had finally happened in front of a team of medical professionals that someone, somehow would have an answer for me. Not to be, now I get to wait again to see the specialists and there will be more tests and more waiting. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 16 and have had my ups and downs — through it all I have managed to hold onto my sense of humour and my dignity. Two years ago I was on two medications, now I’m on 14. Triage nurses have treated me like I’m a lonely woman trying to get attention and another medication — trust me, medication harms as well as heals and I take plenty, my whole day is ruled by a schedule that makes sure that no meds interferes with another, first med at 7:00am last at 10:00pm, tired all the time, nausea, dizziness etc. I’m hoping for an answer before Christmas, but on the bright side I have three wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter, the most adorable granddaughter and a foster daughter with a perfect little boy and twin girls to be born near Christmas, in these bright souls I find my strength to carry on.

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    • I’m so glad you’ve been able to hold attention on the things in your life which are so wonderful – it sounds like you have a beautiful family. I’m hoping you get the answers you need and sending big love and hugs to you today. Thanks for following along this month!

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  3. i believe my unique gift is sensitivity.

    Sensitivity is a 2-edge sword: i’m very sensitive about negative speech and vibes being thrown at me. i’ve had a lifetime of verbal attacks and being accused of being ‘over-sensitive’ … in fact, i was diagnosed with chronic PTSD, so my sensitivity is actually real.

    but i’m also able to use my sensitivity to help others… i can always sense when someone is feeling not quite right and i inquire and listen and empathize with them. sometimes my listening is enough; other times i willrefer them to a professional counselor.

    anyway, i’ve learned to live with it and make the best of it.

    best regards always to you, melody.

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    • Sensitivity is an amazing but challenging gift for sure! I love that you’re able to see how much you can help others when you let that energy flow though. Best regards to you too Margaret! Thank you so much for following along this month.

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  4. Depends on the day how I see my self-worth. Sometimes life just gets to be too much. We still don’t have heat but hopefully will next week and then the dryer died too. It’s things like that when we are already struggling daily that make it almost unbearable. But today is warmer and my confidence better. But it does take constant reminders. Most of the time even then I put my own worth in relation to my sons, they need me so I have to care about me to care for them type thing. But I am smart, kind, creative and a bunch more positive things that really do outweigh the other stuff, just have to make sure the other stuff hushes up so the good can be heard too.

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    • It’s funny how sometimes the other stuff talks so much louder than the positive! I’ve seen your comments throughout the month, though. Despite all you’ve been going through, you’ve been supportive caring and inspiring. Way to keep your awareness on the things that matter most even when your struggling. I’m really proud of you and sending hugs your way.

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  5. I thank you so much for this month. Along with my own therapist this has helped me to work on myself. My unique gift is my loyalty. Sometimes to my own demise. I’m trying to resolve my loyalty to those who truly are deserving. Mainly myself.
    This tends to leave me hurt & abused, learning to see this & stop it has been hard.
    We as women & mothers need to remind ourselves we are far more than just this. My new question to myself is is this making Me happy, if not I have to stop & walk away. Far easier said than done yet I’m trying and at this moments thats huge.
    Thank you all again for the ability to share, it really does make a difference.

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    • I’m so glad you found this month useful and supportive! Yes – loyalty to ourselves and choosing the things that truly make us happy is HUGE! I’m so glad to hear you’ve got your awareness on those things, and I’m sending continued love for your journey.

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  6. I think my unique gift is having a huge heart to want to help people.
    With using this, I have worked in the Nursing Home field for 21years, 16.5 years as a LPN now and I enjoy being able to help the elderly. Help them to rehab and get better to go home, get better to stay in our home, or get to their “comfortable home” all being as compassionate, comfortable, privacy, and quality of life and one can and does deserve. I love being a nurse. Unfortunately,I have to be careful to not let things bite me in the butt for being too caring, if that is such a thing because it can pull me into my depression
    (Deep ditch) again. Thanks for your loving month of emails and blogs!

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  7. This is a tough one. There are days when I feel self worth, but others where I really, really don’t. I think it stems from low self esteem, which has always been a major stumbling block for me. I’m trying to silence those voices from the past that still sneak in and whisper at the most inopportune moments. :/ Work in progress.

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  8. You too Melody. This has been so good for me and I’m sure many others. And we’re getting a heater! It’ll be just in time before the next freeze. And some other things are working out as well. I know several who have not be able to look beyond the bad that is going on at the moment and yet I have never seen the bad last forever and just want everyone to know..it does get better. And the wonderful things you have shared are really a good way to start working towards the good. Thank you again. Much love and hugs to you!

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  9. I think I have two God given gifts: I can get along with almost everybody I meet, even those are essentially friendless for whatever reason. And I also have a good sense of humor and can usually get a smile out of even those who seldom smile.

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  10. I am creative and love to comfort my family and friends with homemade crocheted objects. They help to give warmth and comfort.

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  11. I am immensely grateful for my gift of perseverance. It helped me and continues to help me support and guide my children through lives with emotional and physical disabilities not of their making. I fought for them in every aspect of their lives. To have them acknowledge that I always had their back when it felt like their world was collapsing around them is what defines my existence. I did not come into the world with the skills to raise these children -I had to learn them. We all have the skills to do what needs to be done for ourselves, our children, our marriage, our extended family, our world. What we need to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other. That is my gift.

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