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A Most Sensible Bonnet

Knitting
October 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
190 yards (174 m)
19 (20¼, 21¾) inch head circ.

Inspired by Regency-era bonnets, this hat is modern enough for everyday wear but can also be dressed up for costume use. The hat is knitted from the top down with a flat top, straight sides featuring a basketweave pattern that gives texture and evokes the idea of woven straw, and a flared shortrowed brim. The piece is worked at a very tight gauge so the bonnet will keep its shape when worn. Flexible jewelry wire is threaded through the outer edge of the brim to give it just a touch more support. Be sure to follow the suggestions for choosing yarn for the best results.