Pattern: Bunny Hat and Cowl Gigi
Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Dove Heather, and Elann Super Kydd Mohair (discontinued)
You first met this bunny hat last month in this post, when I was having a tough time deciding which pom pom to go with it! I opted for the natural cream one, which had a lot of votes, although really any of them would have worked. And the important part? Lila absolutely LOVES it!!
She loves to play with the ears. If you knit this (and it comes in sizes from baby to adult), make sure you sew those ears on well! Lila hops around and pretends she’s a bunny when she’s wearing it. And for those of you who saw Guy’s many instagram photos from the Women’s March on Saturday, you’ll see this is the hat she is wearing- I couldn’t talk her into the pink kitty hat, but I can hardly blame her- this bunny hat is way cuter!
I enjoyed knitting this- it was a fine gauge, but the hat was a simple knit, and the ears were easy to make. The pattern comes with instructions for both knitting it flat and in the round, I opted to knit the hat in the round. The ears initially had me stuck, until I realized that the increases and decreases are worked on both the right side and wrong sides, and once I got that sorted it was easy-breezy.
I knit the pink inner ears with some leftover laceweight mohair I had in my stash from this sweater (whoa, 8 years ago!), and it was a perfect finishing touch. The pattern comes with instructions to knit a matching cowl, but Lila is oddly anti-cowl these days, so I skipped it. I’m thinking about knitting her little mitts to match.
I didn’t tell Lila I was knitting this for her, so I measured the circumference by comparing it to another hat that she wore and fit, so that I could ensure it would be a good fit. I think we even have a little room for growth, so I’m confident it will fit her next winter as well. When I was finished and let Lila see it, her reaction was amazing! As a knitter, you hope that a recipient loves their hand knit, but she was so excited and wanted to wear it all the time. I wouldn’t let her wear it to school until I got photos – I was worried it would get lost. Once I got some photos, I put a label with her name on it inside, and crossed my fingers. So far, it comes home every day!
It’s a beautiful hat. I know the fine gauge might scare off some knitters, but it was worth it. The finished result is just so cute!