“Prairie Bonnets by Lynette Meek”
I love the look of the Prairie Bonnet and I have always wanted to design one, but you know, would anyone want to wear it? Well when I showed this around the store the feedback I got was positive so..

I have always thought that the look was graceful and far more flattering to most faces than the toque shape that is the standard winter hat. The bonnet style covers the ears and has ties that will keep the hat in place should a good wind blow up and the sizing is very forgiving because of the open-ended shape.

And best of all the wide band at the front is wonderful canvas for colourwork and other fun techniques!

There is a photo tutorial for the button placements.

Materials: 3.0mm US #2.5 16 inch circs and 3.25mm US #3 16 inch circs and dpns 3 colours of heavy fingering for the simple pattern and 6 colours of heavy fingering for the more complex fair-isle pattern, samples used Juniper Moon Patagonia Organic Merino 41, 716th inch buttons (these could also be fancy beads or other found objects) markers and the regular notions.

Colours: 3 colour version Patagonia 102 (grey), 105 (wasabi) and 110 (thistle) 6 colour version Patagonia 106 (juniper), 107 (aquamarine), 110 (thistle), 114 (indigo, dark denim), 115 (denim), and 112 (mustard)

Gauge: 27 st in 4 inches in fair-isle pattern blocked worked with larger needle.