Maggie and I were jamming out this morning, dancing around the kitchen, listening to our new favorite song (YouTube link). The DJ interrupted with a moment of silence – it was 8:46 am. I hadn’t forgotten what today is, but the sudden reminder caught me off guard. A year ago I reflected and today I will, too, just not on the blog.

Today is a day for a bonnet.


Pattern: Bonnet from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann (p. 108, Newsletter #22).
Yarn: Rowan Tweed DK.
Needles: US 3
Started yesterday, finished this morning before the little woman awoke.

I was surprised that when I went to enter this project on Ravelry, the pattern had not been included yet. No other projects? For reals? This is such an easy, quick pattern and the perfect accompaniment to the Surprise Jacket, or any garter stitch project, that everyone should go make one immediately!

The pattern was published in the newsletter that followed the Surprise Jacket because, as EZ wrote, “Response to the Surprise Jacket is so favourable that I am adding to it a bonnet, bootees and bunting; in the same idiom, but not quite so surprising.”


I used the discontinued Rowan Tweed DK, knit to a gauge of 5 sts/inch. The pattern calls for 2 oz. of Shetland Wool at a gauge of 6 sts/inch for a child age 3 months & up. So mine came out bigger but perfect for Maggie who is now 18 months old.


Maggie did not want to keep the hat on, but she did humor me for a few minutes so I could snap some pictures. I’ll probably have to add a closure of some sort to thwart her attempts at removal.


Ihave also been working on updating another EZ project. You may remember the Tomten (Ravelry link) I made Maggie back in the beginning of the year? I always liked the button I added, but thought maybe a zipper would be a better option for a girl on the move. So I finally fixed it! I call the next three pictures “Zipped, Unzipping, and Unzipped”. She was SO done with taking blog pictures.




The Tomten is big enough and warm enough to be her jacket for the winter, I think.  Jerry put it on the other day, proving that it will fit children of many sizes.  Mind you, it looked super-silly on a five-year-old boy, but it fit!  Speaking of Jerry, he needs a Tomten.  And he definitely needs more blog time!  Soon, grandmothers, soon.

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17 thoughts on “bonnet

  1. My goodness, I did not know you were in NYC on 9/11/01. I read your moving reflection–thanks for sharing it again for those of us who hadn’t read it the first time.

    Your knits are always so inspiring. I think I’ll make that EZ bonnet for M–I don’t much like the way her Ear Cozies turned out, lightning bolt and all. That yarn would be much better in garter stitch than stockinette.

  2. hi, this is my first visit on your blog, and I love it ! your little girl is so beautiful, with this cute bonnet… I love EZ too, but I didn’t know this bonnet.
    I’ve read some of your archives (not everything, I read slowly when reading in english), I’ve a boy and a girl too, and wearing them in a sling as you are…
    I’ll be back on your blog !

  3. The zipper is genius, Mandy. It looks great! I have yet to try sewing a zipper into a sweater.

    I made that bonnet–I commented on yours over at Ravelry. I will get a new photo up ASAP. I know that Larissa at Stitch Marker made it a while back–hers was the one that made me want to knit it.

  4. Oh, I cannot get enough of little Miss Maggie. Her expression in the first Tomten pic is priceless, and it looks like her hands are already in motion to get the thing unzipped. Too funny. Love the adorable bonnet, too.

  5. Maggie looks adorable in her bonnet, and the jacket looks beautiful on her. I love the addition of the zipper too, always keeps the chill out. The colors look great the way you have knit them.

  6. Hello, I’m stuck on row 11 with the M1? I’m not too sure how to do this and do I M1 for the next 122 stitches, or do I just plain knit? Any help is appreciated.

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