Classic Highlander's Balmoral Bonnet by Anne Carroll Gilmour
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Classic Highlander's Balmoral Bonnet

January 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch
in SS
230 - 280 yards (210 - 256 m)
adult sm/md , md/lg & x-large
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Extras: I used 1.5 yards 1.5” wide grosgrain ribbon for edging and back slit lining, and 24” of 3/4” wide twill tape for adjustment ties. You will also need a sewing machine for the finishing details.
The difference with this Balmoral is in the shaping, I modeled it after one that my father used to wear with his Black Watch full dress uniform that has more fullness in front than in back, adding a slit & adjustment ribbons in center back. Most patterns I’ve seen for Balmorals are round, but I liked the way this style adopts a ‘rakish angle’ and is adjustable for many head sizes. Most military issue Balmoral style hats have less fullness than many commercially available hats, my dh likes this more compact style better & I like how it looks on him.