Knitted woollen baby bonnets

In my previous post about knitted cotton baby hats, I mentioned that I’d been trying out another baby hat pattern but wanted to wait until the babies were born before showing you their hats.

Now babies Hendrix and Maeve are here, I can share with you their delightful bonnets.

Beloved Baby Bonnet in Zealana Rimu
Knitted baby hat: Beloved Bonnet in Bloom by Bendigo Woollen Mills
Beloved Bonnet in Bloom by Bendigo Woollen Mills

This is Beloved Bonnet – another pattern from Tin Can Knits, who also made the pattern I used for The Kid’s jumper. I’ve also made their Barley Hat. I like their straightforward instructions and online tutorials to help with tricky sections.

As with the Flax sweater, it’s constructed in an interesting way, side to side, starting and ending with icords for the ties.

Beloved Bonnet is cast on with an icord and knitted side to side
Casting on this bonnet is as easy as starting an icord as it’s knitted sideways

The rainbow bonnet is made with some gorgeous variegated yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills called Bloom. Three great squishy balls of it that we’d ordered arrived mid-lockdown like soft sea-creatures inviting caresses, and The Kid and I couldn’t wait to start playing with it. (She has been using hers to make knotted friendship bracelets and dream-catchers.) This is the first time I’ve worked with variegated yarn. It makes stripes without you even trying – how cool is that?

When the icord is long enough, you create more stitches to start the first side of the bonnet
When the icord is long enough, you create more stitches to start the first side of the bonnet

It’s the first time I’ve used short rows, which help it sit flat at the back. Once I got my head around this technique it made sense!

Beloved Bonnet is cast on with an icord and knitted side to side. Here one side is done and I'm working down the other side
One side is done; now I’m working down the other side

The teal bonnet is made with a very interesting New Zealand yarn called Zealana Rimu. It’s 60% NZ merino wool and 40% NZ brushtail possum. Brushtail possums are an Australian animal that is now feral in NZ and wreaking havoc with the bush there. Possum yarn is beautiful – soft, light and very warm, warmer even than merino or cashmere, so sourcing it from where it is a pest is a good sustainable choice. You can read more about it and link to an explanatory video here https://zealana.com/about-us-and-possum/

I made a beret for my grandmother with this yarn and had just enough left over to make this bonnet for my NZ-born friend’s new baby – plus a few stripes in another beanie.

Beloved Bonnet in Zealana Rimu
Beloved Bonnet in Zealana Rimu

This won’t be the last time I make this bonnet as it’s a lovely knit.

What’s been on your needles lately?

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