Special request made by one of my NICU RN buds, Ashley, for a baby whose daddy and/or granddaddy have worked many years for John Deere Co, a very popular company/logo for us here in the Midwest. It's probably second only to hunter's camo as a theme request from our NICU Daddies.
Both harder and easier than it looks....I started with a basic green beanie. The green was harder to find than you would think. There are many yellowed greens, grayed greens, and blue greens by every yarn maker, but a true JD/dark kelly isn't to be had easily. I settled on Sugar & Cream brand "Mod Green" which is close and gives off a cheery feel. I knitted that into a basic beanie, including 2 bright yellow strips, Caron brand "Sunshine" yellow that I had on hand. The stripes were placed 10 rows apart. After completing the beanie, I went back and used a duplicate stitch technique to add the vertical lines for the logo edges.
What happened next took a little experimentation. I tried to hand-"draw" the logo on three times using duplicate stitch but the John Deere stag is too well defined to stand up to the coarseness of the technique. After a little cursing, a little foot-stomping, and a night's sleep, I had a brainstorm and sent the Hubby to Michael's for fabric paint while I made dinner.
That's the ticket! With a little free-hand copy power leftover from my days as a cake decorator I managed to attain a reasonable fascimile that I could smile at. The trick with fabric paint is to really scout out your landmarks as to how the object should fit within the space and use a light hand before filling in heavier. I used the bottle tip only to create an almost puffy design, but you could also use dressmaker's chalk to mark the landmarks and then use a paint brush to fill in the design for a flatter look.
And that's the story of the John Deere hat for Baby X.
Now for the contest....a special treat to be given/sent/mailed to the first commenter who can describe correctly the "OOPS... oh Craaaaaaaaaap!" spot where I accidentally dropped a drop of fabric paint on my ottoman that won't come off. Thankfully, the yellow is the same color as the contrast color in the upholstery patterrn.