I am kind of obsessed with bonnets right now. I have pretty much queued up every bonnet pattern to cross my path. It should look so old-fashioned but it seems so current right now! I am loving the Houndstooth Bonnet by Wendy Bernard, the Capucine by Adela Illichmanova and the Riga Bonnet by Allison Dykhuizen. But here’s the first one I knit:
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Pattern: Neon Ski Bonnet by Lacey Volk
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Queen Anne Tonal, about 1.3 skeins.
Needles: US 6
Start Date: August 11, 2013
Finish Date: August 18, 2013
Wow, almost a month to take pictures on this guy!
I didn’t make any real mods. My numbers didn’t match up at the top of the hat, but I just added another decrease row and kind of fudged it. I made the large size. I have a large head and it fits well. It is very stretchy so it even fit Lucas’s head and his is on the small end. It would probably drape better if I blocked it, but I like how it kind of hugs my head now.
The yarn is a little too tonal to get a good view of the cables. The front section is made like a cabled headband in the round (to be double-layered) than you pick up and work in the round for the cap part. And that section just has some wrapped sections, no actual cables.
The hat itself took just under a skein (220 yds) and then I used about another 1/3 a skein or so for the pompom. This is when one of those giant pompom makers would come in handy. Instead I wrapped the yarn around the 5″ side of a few index cards instead. It turned out well, but the pompom isn’t very dense. Big yes, but not like a squishy dense ball. I have the pompom just tied on right now so that I can remove it to wash the hat. Or if I change my mind about giant pompoms.
I made my twist-ties a little shorter than in the pattern. They are about 12″ long. My strands are from my outstretched hand to halfway through my torso. I don’t love how they are connected to the edge of the bonnet though. The knots at the join look a little sloppy. It’s possible I didn’t understand the instructions correctly! I am planning on taking the ties off and maybe just making them braids. Then they will be cleaner at the top of the hat and have knots at the ends of the ties.
I am pretty pleased with it! It is the perfect hat to take on my upcoming trip to Yellowstone! It is my second hat for the EpicKalCal. Project #8 of 12. I have more completed stuff, so stay tuned!