Nellebean Knitting

Strawberry Fields Forever
February 28, 2010, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - fruit

My latest endeavor into the world of fruit beanies was to make a strawberry. One of my goals this year is to get my etsy store up and running. With all the custom orders I had last year it was hard to find time to knit other projects to have in stock for the shop. This strawberry is the first (of hopefully many) hats that I will add to my etsy shop this year. I have two other hats up there as well right now. A yellow/yellow striped hat and a kitty cat hat with ears and ear flaps with pom poms. That hat was a challenge but it was really fun trying to figure out the new techniques. If you have any suggestions for a type of fruit that you would like to see turned into a beanie, reply to one of my posts or email me directly. I also am totally willing to take custom orders and can then post them onto for purchase, I’m flexible, just let me know what you need.


Little Sophia
February 28, 2010, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - solid color, Baby Beanie - stripes

Some dear friends of ours gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, in November and I was so happy to make a few little hats for our visit to see them, and meet Sophia in San Antonio, TX. She was a perfect little model and the hats just looked adorable. I started with a plain off-white solid color hat and then decided to add a little something extra and found the adorable brown & pink ribbon and used my crochet needle to weave it into the knit hat. The second hat I made for her was following the same color pattern of pink/brown/white and decided to make a striped hat with those colors. The striped hat is a few sizes bigger than she is right now, but good news is that she has room to grow into it. Thank you for putting up with my flashing camera Sophie!

From the Garden – Red Ripe Tomato
February 28, 2010, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - fruit

While at the baby shower for the mom of Carson (lil’ pumpkin) another pregnant friend was in attendance whose due date was about a month later than Carson. I had asked her what her favorite fruit was (hinting that I would be making her a beanie too) and she said that actually a tomato would be perfect. I wanted to actually make 3-D leaves and here is what I came up with. I thought the watermelon was fun, but this tomato just makes me smile. I hope her little Bridgett is liking it as well.

Summertime Watermelon
February 28, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - fruit

Ok, now this was a custom order from a friend and I think it was my favorite fruit beanie. It was so much fun to make and the color yarn I found was just too perfect. The green, the red…loved it!! I hope it is going to good use.

Organic Pumpkin
February 28, 2010, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - fruit

Once the Halloween season rolled around I found a pattern for making fruit hats and thought that the pumpkin was just perfect for those friends who were having autumn babies. My next live model, Carson, was just too cute in the organic cotton pumpkin beanie. I did some searching and found that Debbie Bliss makes a great line of organic cotton yarn and they had the perfect color: pumpkin. I have made all my “fruit” beanie’s with organic cotton yarn…hence the “Organic Pumpkin”.

I also packaged this hat, and a few others I made for Erin in a fun little bushell basket that I found at Michael’s craft store. Truly a homegrown little pumpkin :).

February 28, 2010, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Baby Beanie - stripes

Once I had some comfort with the solid color beanie I decided to add stripes. I have made a few with varying stripe width, colors, patterns etc. I think the striped hats look very professional and one friend who purchased one of the striped hats as a gift said “Everyone was asking me where I bought it. American Eagle? Abercrombie? Gap? I was so excited to tell them it was handmade.” (The best quote I have heard so far in regards to my knitting.) 🙂

Solid color baby beanie
February 28, 2010, 9:00 am
Filed under: Baby Beanie - solid color

My first attempt at the baby beanie was for a friend and co-worker who was pregnant with her second son. I used a cotton/poly soft green yarn and it was so soft and easy to work with. I also think it looks adorable on. He is my first real model, thanks Skyler and big brother Finn.