I bought the first issue of a new crochet magazine last year. The only reason was its cheap introductory price. This made the free gift of two balls of yarn very good value. One was a useful white and the other was a cheerful green. I chose to make something with the green last week as it reminded me of the spring that can't be far away.
The yarn bands did not give any information about its weight or recommended hook/needle sizes. I measured it as 5 ply which is not something I am really used to. I decided to knit a baby hat. I like this colour on children but I chose the 6 months size as it might be a bit too strong for newborns. I wasn't confident that I would have enough yarn and I was right. I had to speed up the crown decreases and this hat would probably now fit a baby of 4 months.
I then took the white yarn and knitted a hat for a newborn. I'm much happier with this one as there was enough yarn to knit the pattern as written. The pattern is the Simple Lines Baby Hat by Heather Tucker and I will definitely knit this again. The designer has even included links to coordinating baby blanket patterns.
I realised too late that I should have knitted the white newborn hat first. That way, I would have been forewarned that I didn't have enough green yarn for the 6 months size. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!