This modified version of the Neon Ski Bonnet is fairly fabulous. The rainbow sparkle white yarn reminds me a lot of sprinkles on a birthday cake and makes me giggle every time I look at it. Yes, I am 32 and overjoyed to have a hat that reminds me of birthday sprinkles. Judge me if you wish. I’m not ashamed.
This hat only took me 4 days, which is twice as long as the first one took me but still not too long. I didn’t feel the big rush this time since I was making it for myself. My modified cable pattern (explained below) was faster to knit than the cable pattern in the original design, but how I did the wraps in the bonnet portion took me longer due to my changing my mind. I did a MUCH better job making a pompom this time! Hurray! I also totally stand by my decision to do it in two colours. Granted the pink and sparkly white isn’t for everyone but I love it. Life is too short not to wear ridiculous stuff like this.
And of course, as luck would have it, the day after I make this splended joy-making hat for myself the weather warms up to a point where a hat would be foolish. Mother Nature is really harshing my groove.
My Project Notes:
I used of Loops & Threads Impeccable in Arbour Rose (about half a ball) and Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter in Ice Queen (about 2/3 of a ball). Same as last time, this cheapo acrylic yarn knit up nicely, is soft, and frankly looks good. I swear the past two projects have really made reconsider acrylic yarn’s merit.
- For the band I cast on 44 stitches and divided it to be 26 on one needle (outside/visible of band), 18 on the other (inside/hidden part of the band). I knit it on the round. I did 6 repeats of the cable pattern found at the bottom of this post for the top of the band and just knit all the stitches for the bottom of the band.
- I didn’t block it or kill it because I actually really like the poofy chunky look of it. I may block it eventually just to better show the cable pattern but for now I’m happy as is. [Edit: I actually did block it and yeah, looks awesome. Worth blocking to really show off the cables! And it drapes better now too.]
- The bonnet portion (in the pretty pretty sparkle yarn!) I knit with a basic 2×2 ribbing and didn’t do the wraps until after I finished because I was intending to do the wrap sin the pink. It looked pretty terrible when I tried doing the wraps in the pink though, so I did them in the sparkly white, and did them every 5 rows and every pair of ribs. The end result is a much more intricate looking pattern that I adore, but damn, I wish I had done it while I was knitting the bonnet. What a pain it was doing it after the fact!
- The ties are braids with 24 strands (8 strands in each of the three braid pieces). I did it in both colours of yarns to tie the hat all together. They are nice and thick and match the weight of the hat.
- Did the pompom in both colours to tie it all together, same as the ties.
Row 1-4: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2
Row 5: p2, C10B, p2, k10, p2
Row 6-10: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2
Row 11: p2, C10B, p2, k10, p2
Row 12-16: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2
Row 17: p2, k10, p2, C10B, p2
Row 18-22: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2
Row 23: p2, k10, p2, C10B, p2
Row 24: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2
C10B = slip 5 stitches to a cable needle and hold to the back of your work, knit 5, then knit the 5 from the cable needle