Easter Bonnet

Were you in Boston this weekend? I don't know about you, but the only "bonnet" that I was wearing was a thick layer of wool in the form of my Birdwatcher's Beret from Morehouse Farm. It was freezing. I'm not the first person to say that we had Easter weather at Christmas, and Christmas weather at Easter. Weather equilibrium has been restored! May we have spring now, please?

Anyway, I've been waiting for an appropriate day to unveil this finished hat. It's been either too cold or two warm. We haven't had that day of cool, blustery weather when this type of hat would be perfect. Therefore, I officially give up.

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The Details:

Pattern: Santa Cruz Hat (free pattern from the February 2007 MagKnits by Sarah-Hope Parmeter.

Yarn: Cascade 220 (what else?)

Needles: US8s

What I changed: I made the hat bigger (in circumference) by adding one more repeat.

What would I change next time? I fluctuate between thinking that this hat needs to be longer and thinking that this hat needs to be more like a beret to fit differently on my head. Or maybe I just need to relax and get used to my head a snug-fitting hat. Everyone who sees this knit loves it.

Would I knit this again? You bet! I really, really enjoyed this pattern. Because it's written for different yarn weights, the pattern is a great stash buster, and a good one to keep in mind for the all-important Christmas Gift Knitting. Plus, I just thought that it was fun to knit. The above mentioned alterations would be very easy to make without changing the spirit of the design. In addition to wool, this hat would would knit up very well in an elasticized cotton yarn (Don't ask me which one. Do I know any elasticized cottons off the top of my head? I do not.)

 

Very cute! It is different from other hats, but I tend to agree to enjoy it as it is. It looks great! (And yes, this weather is so very wierd.)

You busted me!! i realized after that i didn't show you my morehouse merino shawl that i was wearing! i guess i'll have to update the blog.

You busted me!! i realized after that i didn't show you my morehouse merino shawl that i was wearing! i guess i'll have to update the blog.

Ooh, it's cute and lacy!

Stretchy cottons: Rowan Calmer? Cascade Fixation?

Very cute! I don't normally like to wear hats, but I may have to consider that one.

Very cute! I don't normally like to wear hats, but I may have to consider that one.

I like it! I've had the same doubts about close-fitting caps--would that really work on me? Would it give me Pear-Hair?--but that one is so cute I may have to overcome my fears.

That looks great! I knit that hat, too, and love it. I also made it bigger as I thought the specs seemed a bit small, and I made it longer as well. I simply increased the length of the ribbing at the cuff so that I didn't have to mess with the lace pattern.

Great idea to do these as gifts, I enjoyed knitting it and had already planned on making more.

Weather equilibrium, what a fantastic concept!

That is a cute hat and a great color!

This would make a great summer hat for chemo patients, if cotton yarn with stretch DID exist. Any suggestions?

I checked out Veronique's suggestions and found that the Cascade Fixation (at yarnmarket.com) would probably be just the ticket. It promises plenty of stretch and is ideal for summer projects, even bathing suits. Comes in a variety of solid colors at 4.45 a skein.
Thanks, Veronique.

that hat is so cute. Yes, the weather has been really odd in the US. Fortunately, we had lovely weather over Easter... nice enough to make it inviting to work in the garden

Dig that hat! So not happy that I could make one now and still need it.

 

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