Knitting Spinning

Handspun Beloved Bonnet

I’d been saving my fiery En Fuego handspun (a Nest Fiber Studio colorway that I spun in 2020) for just the right project, and it turned out nicely. The yarn knitted up pretty densely and the fabric doesn’t really have any drape – I suspect my handspun is thicker than fingering in some places – but that is OK because it will make the hat nice and warm.

The Beloved Bonnet Pattern comes in 5 sizes; I knitted the Adult size for a 22″ head circumference. After finishing, I tried it on several adults, and it fits well as a large-ish hood. If I make another one, I might go down a size for a snugger fit, or perhaps use sock yarn or something that is more consistently fingering weight. I made some pompoms with the very last of the leftover yarn and attached the smaller ones to the tie strings for extra cuteness. I temporarily added a larger pompom to the hat peak, but didn’t like the result that much, so removed it.

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern and 10/10 would make it again. The pattern was easy and fun to knit, and was great for airplane knitting because it didn’t take up a lot of space.. Knitting with handspun always makes me happy, and I’m super pleased with the resulting shifting textures and colors.

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