I recently learned how much Nate likes bows on little girls. When I came across a pattern for a hat with a big bow, I wanted to make it.
I entered this hat in the 2018 Ravellenics Winter Games. It is a craft-a-long hosted on Ravelry that follows the timing of the Olympic Games (is not sponsored or affiliated in any way). There are “events” for various categories of crafts. Completing projects in the time frame of the Games allows you to win “medals” and “laurels” (simple graphics to display on your project page and profile). It’s all for fun, mostly aimed at motivating people to finish projects.
This was my first year/season to participate. I entered this hat for the “Hat Halfpipe” event and the “Stash Laurel” (yarn has been in stash for over 6 months).
Started – February 9
Completed – February 15
Duration – 6 days
This really didn’t take a full 6 days to knit. I knit the hat about halfway before deciding it was too much, ripping all of that out, and starting again. I could easily have knit this whole hat in 2 days, if I didn’t cook or clean or do any laundry. 🙂
Big Bow Hat by Casey Braden
Basic Hat Pattern by Ann Budd
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns (Amazon)
I was inspired by the Big Bow Hat pattern and used the instructions for knitting the actual bow from that pattern. I adapted it for lighter weight yarn, casting on 30 stitches and knitting for 8″.
Many reviews of the Big Bow Hat pattern stated how small the hat was — it is written to be “newborn” sized, but many people considered it closer to preemie sized. That wouldn’t suit my usually-post-term babies. So I used Ann Budd’s basic hat pattern for the hat, incorporating the strip of contrasting color that is to look like a ribbon around the head.
I first cast on the size listed for “0-6 months,” but as I knit, and especially as I approached the crown decreasing, I realized and finally admitted the hat was too large. I found a typical head size measurement chart online, and sure enough, what Budd calls “0-6 month” size is closer to the head size of a 6- to 9-month-old. And the size below, which she calls “preemie,” is closer to a newborn or 0- to 3-month-old head size. I ripped out the hat I had made and cast on for the “preemie” size instead.
Knit Picks Palette
Colorway – pennyroyal
0.32 skeins = 73.9 yds used
Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet 100 Splash Hand Dyed
90% wool, 10% nylon
Colorway – #101
0.13 skeins = 49.9 yds used
The purple color was yarn leftover from my Everyday Socks and the Subtle Stripes baby top I made. I still have about 100 yards of this left. The speckled color is from my Confetti Cake and Confetti CUPcake Socks. I used every single scrap of that I had left!