Having previously knitted some very plain patterns from The Big Book of Baby Knitting* by Mary Healey, I felt the need to immerse myself in some pretty knitting. So I made this lovely bonnet and bootees set in 4ply yarn.
I started with the bonnet and very soon had a love/hate relationship with the pattern. It was an 8 rows repeat, only two of which were remotely tricky. But I must have made every mistake possible, usually forgetting to pass a slip stitch over. I even did this more than once on the same row at least twice!
I love the way the bonnet looks. It is actually a simple pattern even though I managed to make very heavy weather of it. I was really glad when it was finished but I continued with my original plan to make the bootees. They are mostly stocking stitch with just a couple of pattern repeats near the cuff.
When I added the ribbon to the bonnet, I cut little v shapes from the ends. This was how my hair ribbons looked when I was a child. I had completely forgotten that piece of useless information until I made this bonnet.
These should fit a baby aged about 3 months. I have put them away for the next family baby. That is two sets that I now have in reserve. Amazingly, the hat used only 22g of yarn and the pair of bootess used only 13g. I would knit this pattern again at some time in the future even though it gave me some problems!
* the term "baby knitting" make me think of someone knitting a baby. I just can't get that image out of my head. I tell a lie...another image has just taken over the silly slot. This time it is of a baby holding knitting needles and a ball of wool. I think I need a lie-down.