Heartbreakingly Cute Pilot Cap by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman
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Heartbreakingly Cute Pilot Cap

September 2008
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
175 yards (160 m)
0-8 (9-24) months

Pattern Description from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: “Hearbreakingly cute. That’s not a term we casually throw around. Cute things abound, but it is the rare thing that is so cute you can feel a crack forming in your heart. A baby decked out in an old-fashioned, ear-insulating pilot cap certainly qualifies. Like the wildly popular Hearbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono, which appeared in our first book, this bonnet shows Cristina Shiffman’s love for ingenious one-piece construction of three-dimensional garments. Cristina used seed stitch for a sophisticated look, and added I-cord ties to make the cap more comfortable under chubby chins. This pattern is useful for another reason. I don’t know about you, but the hull of the SS Kay’s Stash is encrusted with single-skein barnacles of Koigu. in the quest for great ways to use this exquisite handpainted merino wool, this pattern is a great destination.”


  • Super fine yarn
  • 1 skein Koigu KPPPM, 100% merino wool, 1.75 oz (50g), 175 yd (160m), in color P609
  • Size 3 (3.25mm) single-pointed needles (for body of cap) and double-pointed needles (for I-cord ties)
  • Split-ring stitch marker

Difficulty: As easy as loving a baby’s big ol’ head.

Note: “To simplify the instructions, the pattern is written in sections, but there is no binding off between sections. Slip a split-ring marker into the right side of the piece to help remind you which side you’re on; move the marker to the first row of each section to help you keep track of rows. Slipping the first stitch of each row purlwise keeps the edges neater.”