This is the teeniest weeniest knitting I have done, for the teeniest weeniest darling newborn in my life. Only a baby to get me out of my selfish crafting, right?
My friend had longings of little bonnets with pretty ribbon, so there I went looking for little bonnets patterns. Fair warning: it is a whole other world of baby patterns, easy to get lost in the cuteness.
Among very very cutesy patterns on ravelry, I found the Darling Daisy Bonnet from innerchildcrochet. This is a simple stockinette bonnet, for straight knitting, with moss edging for the baby’s little kneck and picot edging for the baby’s little face. No need for swatching, since knit at a baby’s scale is pretty elastic – although if knitting this for a big tiny head or a 6-month baby it would be easily graded upwards. I had half a skein of some blue and silver mystery super-soft poly-wool blend, probably from more than 10 years ago, which was perfect for this project, along with size 6 needles and a saturday morning.
After 2 hours of non-stop knitting I had a 30x15cm rectangle, ready for steam-blocking.
The original pattern will have you knitting an i-cord and sewing it to the picot edging. But my friend and envisioned ribbon, so ribbon it would be. About 2 cm before it was time to start the picot edging, I added a row of *k2tog, yo*, followed by 3 rows in pattern. Then the picot edging – which I had never done, btw, and which looks adorable – it is done by folding by another *k2tog, yo* row and stitching it to the wrong side. That way it sticks out from the adorable little baby’s face, all in stockinette. I made sure not to cover my extra row of yarn overs, so that the ribbon would get through.
Then you fold the rectangle crosswise and stitch the back seam. This does leave a teeny weeny elf-like top, which is nothing but cute. I used white satin ribbon to finish it and my friend loved it. Think of the possibilities! Next baby in the familly might have a different colorwork, stitch, ribbon, edging… Then all can go out for a stroll in the cold autumn sun!