These quick-to-knit unisex bonnets—one with a small brim and the other without—can be tied under the chin or left to hang loose. Knitting starts at the center top before stitches are picked up and knit for the two side sections. A stretchy swath of k2, p2 rib at the back neck keeps them comfy.
DESIGNER: Audrey Drysdale
FACT: To add the brim, pick up and knit after the hat is finished, then fold the piece and sew it in position.
Sized for 6-12 months.
Cotton Classic Lite by Tahki Yarns/Tahki*Stacy Charles, 1 3/4oz/50g hanks, each approx 146yd/135 m (mercerized cotton)
2 hanks in #4807 dark turquoise
1 hank in #4928 light lavender
One size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 16"/40cm long OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Head circumference approx 17-187 43-45.5 cm
22 sts and 40 rows to 4"/10cm over garter st using size 4 (3.5 mm) needles.
TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
TOP AND CENTER SECTION
Cast on 16 sts. Work in garter st (k every row) for 10 1/2"/26.5 cm. Place 16 sts on a st holder. Fold piece in half and place markers at each side of half-way fold.
FIRST SIDE SECTION
With RS facing, beg at cast-on edge of Top and Center Section, pick up and knit 24 sts along side edge to fold line marker. Pick up 1 st at marker and place marker on this st (center st). Pick up and knit 24 sts down rem side of Top and Center Section—49 sts.
Row 1 (WS) Knit to 1 st before marked (center st), S2KP, knit to end—2 sts dec'd.
Row 2 Knit to center st, p1 (center st), k to end. Rep last 2 rows until 3 sts rem.
Last row K3tog. Fasten off last st.
SECOND SIDE SECTION
Work as for First Side Section along opposite side of Top and Center Section.
With RS facing, pick up and k 60 sts along lower edge of bonnet (including 16 sts on st holder).
Row 1 (WS) K1, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts. p2, k1.
Row 2 K3, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rep last 2 rows for k2, p2 rib for 1 1/2"/4cm.
Bind off in rib.
With RS facing, pick up and knit 8 sts along side of neck edging.
Work in garter st for 10 1/2"/26.5 cm. Bind off. Rep on opposite side of neck edging.
BOY'S VERSION ONLY
Place markers along face edge of bonnet 2"/5cm from each side of Top and Center Section.
With RS facing, pick up and knit 44 sts between markers.
Next row (WS) Purl.
Next row K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1—2 sts dec'd.
Rep last 2 rows 3 times more—36 sts.
Next row (WS-fold line) Knit.
Next row K1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1 —2 sts inc'd.
Next row Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 3 times more—44 sts. Bind off. Fold brim along fold line and sew sides and bound-off edge in place.