Hugo by Alison McCarney


August 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Bobble stitch, as indicated in pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
82 - 137 yards (75 - 125 m)
0-6 months, 6-18 months, 18-48 months, 4 years+
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While pregnant with my second child – my hard-won, rainbow baby – I was inspired to knit him a bonnet. It needed to meet all of my usual knit criteria: simple, with small and unusual details, and enough give to fit for a little longer than is the average. I knit a prototype, we
chose a name for our unborn, and the two fit together perfectly. Hugo (the bonnet) was born! Hugo the baby made us wait much longer.

HUGO is knitted flat, worked from the front ribbing to the back, and then joined using a 3-needle bind off. Stitches are then picked up around the neckline in order to make a ribbed neckband. It has two buttonholes to allow for a better fit.

White Gum Wool ethical superfine merino 8ply
any other DK yarn with a high wool/merino content
75-125m (82-137 yards) required, plus a tiny amount extra (less than 5g) in the same (or different!) colour for the pompom.

0-6m: 36-42cm
6-18m: 42-48cm
18m-4yr: 46-50cm
4yr+: 50-55cm

22sts/34 rows over 10cm in pattern on 4mm/US 6 needles

This pattern has been professionally tech edited, and has been test knitted.

Thank you to Cat Timms, for her beautiful images; Kristina McGrath, for her tech editing skills; and my wonderful test knitters, for sharing their time and feedback.