Take a Bow by Linda Wilgus
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Take a Bow

November 2008
Hayfield Double Knitting Pure Wool superwash
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
120 yards (110 m)
one size
This pattern is available for free.

PLEASE NOTE: I have received much-appreciated feedback from knitters that their versions of Take a Bow have turned out too short. I’m very sorry to hear about this problem, which seem to stem from an instruction in the pattern that is not as clear as it should be. I will contact the editor of Knotions to make sure the instruction will get clarified in the pattern. As Knotions has been inactive for several years however this may take some time and may involve deleting the pattern from the Knotions website and moving it to my own website instead. In the meantime, please use the following guideline when knitting Take a Bow:

Please make sure to work 4 mock cable pattern repeats (at a gauge of 5 rows per inch, 24 rows = 4.8 inches of straight knitting) before beginning the decreases. The pattern reads: “work these 6 rows 3 more times”; this may be confusing and seem as though the mock cable pattern is worked 3 times, whereas it would have been better for the pattern to read “work these 6 rows 3 more times, for a total of work 4 mock cable pattern repeats.

If you would like a longer hat than the cloche-style pictured or you are worried about having a smaller row gauge, please add one or two extra repeats of the mock cable pattern, for a total of 5 or 6 mock cable pattern repeats, and not 4 repeats as specified in the pattern.

In addition, please make sure you get the right gauge for this hat. 16 sts x 20 rows in 4 inches of st. st. makes for a open and fairly loose stitch pattern; if you are a tighter knitter please consider using larger needles or, for a less open stitch pattern, a worsted or aran-weight yarn. This is also the reason why, while a DK-weight yarn is listed on the pattern, I have specified a worsted-weight yarn for this hat here on Ravelry, as most knitters will have an easier time achieving this gauge with a worsted rather than a DK-weight yarn.

Thank you very much for your understanding and I hope to have all this clarified in the actual pattern soon!

Pattern description:
I’m a huge fan of all things vintage and frequently find design ideas in the fashions of days gone by. This hat was inspired by the cloche flapper hats of the 1920s. It is knit in a mock cable pattern made up out of 6 easy rows. The big floppy bow on the side is both modern and vintage-flavored at the same time, and knit in a different color from the rest of the hat, it is sure to grab the attention. Using a DK weight yarn, this hat is light, yet warm enough to keep your head toasty on a cold winter day when made of pure wool.