Mia’s pixie bonnet back again!

Pattern is back! I decided not to include it in the baby book I’m working on (due for publication May 2013), not because I don’t love it, but because I wanted everything in the book to be new.So here it is. The usual rules apply: please don’t use it to makes things for sale without asking me first. The pattern may be free to my readers, but it’s still my work. 

 

 

PIXIE BONNET

A classic vintage-style pixie hood for babies and toddlers. Make it in an ultra-soft yarn and it will become baby’s favorite. Choose from two styles of fastening: a chin strap or ties.

SIZES

0-12(12-24) months

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Crown: 14(16)” [X(X) cm]

YARN

180 yds (166 meters) sport weight yarn to suit gauge

NEEDLES

Size US 3 (3.25 mm) x 24” (60 cm) circular

Size US 5 (3.75 mm) straight

NOTIONS

Removable marker; 6 stitch markers; tapestry needle

GAUGE

22 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10cm) St st on Size 5 (3.75 mm) needles

Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge

NECK EDGE  [CHIN STRAP]

Note: For version with ties see below

With smaller needles CO 62 (72) sts.

Knit 4 rows, placing removable marker on first row to mark RS.

Row 5: K3, BO 4, knit to end.

Rows 6: Knit to gap, cast on 4, knit to end.

Rows 7 & 8: Knit

Row 9: BO 14(16), knit to end – 48(56) sts

Change to larger needles.

Row 10: P 11(13), pm, p1, pm, p11 (13), pm, p2, pm, p11 (13), pm, p1, pm, p11 (13).

Begin increases.

Increase Row 1: K to marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k2, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, k to end – 54(62) sts

Purl 1 row.

Increase Row 2: K to 1st marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, k to 5th marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, k to end – 58(66) sts

Purl 1 row.

Repeat last 4 rows – 68(76) sts

Remove 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th markers, leaving only the center markers.

Increase Row 3: K to marker, m1, sm, k2, sm, m1, k to end – 70(78) sts

Work in St st, inc as set on every 4th row until there are 78(86) sts

Work straight in St st until bonnet measures 7(8)” [18(20) cm] from cast-on edge.

Divide stitches evenly between between 2 needles, with RS facing outwards, (WS facing each other) and join using Kitchener Stitch (instructions below).

BONNET FACE EDGE

With smaller needles and WS facing, pu and knit 78 (84) sts along joined face edge. Work 17(21) rows garter stitch. Bind off loosely.

Finishing

Fold Face Edge back and sew to RS of Neck Edge of Bonnet. Weave in ends.

Make a 1½” (4 cm) pompom and attach to Bonnet Crown.

VERSION WITH TIES

Neck Edge


With smaller needles cast on 164 (172) sts.

Knit 3 rows, placing removable marker on first row to mark RS.

Row 4: BO 58 (58) knit to last 58 (58) sts, BO 58(58) – 48(56) sts.

Break yarn and rejoin to remaining sts, RS facing.

Rows 5-9: Knit

Change to larger needles. Continue with pattern from Row 10.

ABBREVIATIONS

BO        Bind off

CO        Cast on

Inc         Increase(ing)

K           Knit

P            Purl

Pm         Place marker

PU         Pick up

RS         Right side

Sm          Slip marker

St(s)      Stitch(es)

St st     Stockinette stitch (Knit on RS; purl on WS)

WS        Wrong side

TECHNIQUES

Kitchener Stitch

Thread a length of yarn approximately 4 times the length of the section to be joined onto tapestry needle. Hold the pieces to be joined in left hand, with needles parallel and either right sides together, or wrong sides together, as indicated in pattern. Working from right to left, insert tapestry needle into first stitch on front needle as if to purl, pull yarn through, leaving stitch on the needle; insert tapestry needle into first stitch on back needle as if to knit, pull yarn through, leaving stitch on the needle; **insert tapestry needle into first stitch on front needle as if to knit, pull yarn through, remove stitch from needle, insert tapestry needle into next stitch on front needle as if to purl, pull yarn through, leave stitch on needle; insert tapestry needle into first stitch on back needle as if to purl, pull yarn through, remove stitch from needle, insert tapestry needle into next stitch on back needle as if to knit, pull yarn through, leave stitch on needle; repeat from **, working 3 or 4 stitches at a time, then go back and adjust tension to match pieces being joined. When one stitch remains on each needle, break yarn and pass through last 2 stitches to fasten off.

 

M1 (increase)

With the tip of the left needle inserted from front to back, lift the strand between the two needles onto the left needle; knit the strand through the back of the loop to twist the st.