Along the walkways and dunes of most New Zealand beaches you will find delicate, fluffy-headed grasses growing at the edge of the path, often in the sand itself.
This bonnet is named after those deceptively strong seaside-plants, the Hare’s Tail grass. Lacy ribbing is worked over the head of the bonnet and for comfort the back of the bonnet is smooth stockinette. This bonnet is actually a very simple knit but you will be able to pretend it was tricky to impress others!
The bonnet is worked from the brim back, with simple decreases shaping the back and making it fit snugly around small heads. The ties can be worked in i-cord as mine were, or you could use a fine ribbon instead.
The teeny-tiny model for this pattern was Lulu, and at the time of shooting the images she was only 2-and-bit weeks old. I loved the look of her vintage sheet and her wee singlet with this bonnet. The morning was horribly hot and humid but Lulu was a star and put up with all my shifting and lifting of her to get the photos.
The Hare’s Tail Bonnet pattern is written for three sizes, newborn, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. Even the largest size uses hardly any yarn, so go stash-diving and see what you can find.
To make one for someone precious you can find the pattern on Ravelry here. And come and join my Ravelry group too while you are over there. We have lots of testing opportunities coming up, and you will be the first to know about promotions and new releases.