When I began knitting baby hats, I thought that it would be simple to create my own pattern and quickly knit up several options. When my baby arrived, I realized how tricky it was to create a hat that would fit a baby and stay in place. Most of the hats that I had excitedly knit were too big or too short or too long. After enough failures, I finally bought Tin Can Knits’ Beloved pattern for a bonnet and have knit seven since. The pattern is simple and pleasing to knit and the finished product includes icord ties, so there are no lost hats.
But, it is not perfect. Making the pattern, as written, gives too little forehead coverage. Adding and then subtracting just a few stitches across the forehead makes all the difference. I have done this using a simple make 1 stitch every other row. What would this addition best be called? A forehead dart? A one-sided gusset? A gore? A godet?
All seven of my Beloved bonnets have been knit from Quince and Co. and they have been comfortable for the little mostly-bald recipients. I have used chickadee, finch, and lark in natural white, undyed heathered browns, river (pictured above), and sage (pictured below) with needles ranging from size 3 to 7 depending on the desired warmth. I also knit one in garter stitch that worked very well for a newborn. The yarn has pilled over time, but I don’t think this is unacceptable considering that is is worsted spun and very soft. The most recent, shown below, is lined at the forehead with angora fiber.