Remixed is nearing completion – this is the second-to-last pattern in the collection! A bonnet or hood style hat, for any gauge, custom fit to any head size:
Gentle on My Mind is started sideways, the top section being worked to your head size (from the bottom of one ear, up over your head to the other ear), with sideways stitches left along the back edge…
…to be knit across, and then the rest worked down, with short rows and decreases making the curved head shape in back. Then a sideways garter stitch edging is knit across the bottom, and braids or i-cords are added (or no tails is also an option, like on the sample above).
After tons of sketching and swatching and thinking, below is the first prototype I knit up, in striping tweeds, and it turned out pretty much exactly how I wanted! That hardly ever happens with something this complex. It was worked at an extra loose gauge, so it’s not super warm, but I love it:
This orange+white stripy one is my favorite for showing off the multi-directional construction, but unfortunately I decided to experiment with making a smaller size, and it didn’t work out so well… It sits back too far on my head, so I doubt I’ll be wearing it much, but oh how I do love the stripes!
One of my favorites of my samples is the last one I made, to try out an oversized version. I paired an extra large sizing (used 20 inches as my starting measurement, instead of the standard 15 inches adult size – all this custom sizing stuff is explained in the pattern) with some extra bulky yarn, making a big, squishy, cozy hood!
It can be pulled forward or pushed back, and tied for extra warmth and/or to pull it up and down as needed. Love it!!
While technically any size can be made in any weight yarn, the specific size/shape does depend a bit on yarn weight. The sample below, in a sport weight, was made in the standard adult size, but the gauge made for a more shallow front part…
…so the whole bonnet sits back further on the head and is more snuggly fitted.
Whereas the bulky recycled spun cotton sample below was also made in the standard size, but the front turned out much deeper, making for a bit more of a hood-type bonnet.
I use and recommend Socktopus’s shadow wrapping method for the short rows in this project, so I included a photo tutorial for that, the way I do it, which is slightly different from the way she explains it. I discovered this technique while designing this hat and it’s totally my new favorite way to work wraps!
I wouldn’t call this pattern hard, but it is a bit complex, so the pdf includes lots of photos of each section and everything you should need to see and know to understand what you’re doing.
Many thanks to my fabulous testers for being so quick that I was able to release this pattern a day earlier than planned! I got some happy positive feedback, which I’ll share with you because I can’t resist… “It was easy to understand, and kept me on my toes… just what I like!” … “You were bang on – the hat was great to knit.” … “Thanks for such a wicked cool hat pattern.” … “This very interesting construction is so addicting”.
I’m super happy with how it turned out, so I was very glad to hear that others like the construction too – I made six samples and never got bored with the pattern! (In fact, I think I may be making more, we’ll see…)
Like all the other patterns, this one will be available alone once all the ebook patterns have been released to pre-orderers. But remember, the current price of $16, for all 8 patterns plus recycled yarn making tutorials, will be raising to $20 once that happens. Just sayin’. Plus, you have about half a month still left in my birthday month sale, so you can save 30% if you add 2 other patterns to your Remixed order! Okay that’s all, happy knitting!