The pattern is called "Lacy Girly Fancy Hat" and can be found here. I modified it a bit by doing a provisional cast on and then knitting the picot hem together, so I wouldn't have to sew it later.
The hat calls for a ribbon or a trim to be inserted in the first eyelet row, but Eliza didn't like it, so we scratched it. I don't think you'd even notice that anything was missing.
The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Spring Meadow. I had quite a bit of yarn left over so I decided to make her some matching fingerless mitts.
The pattern is the Gull Wing lace and is fairly easy to follow. Trust me, if I can do it, then you can do it!! Lace is not my strongest skill! The mitts have a seven stitch repeat, so I cast on 40 stitches and did a 2 x 2 ribbing for the cuff and then I added three stitches. I needed 42 stitches for the pattern and one extra stitch for the thumb gusset. I debated about continuing the pattern on the thumb, but I decided it was too much like work, so I just did stockinette. I worked three rows of the pattern (knitting the one stitch for the thumb) and then started the gusset. After the thumb gusset is finished and you transfer the stitches to a piece of waste yarn for finishing later, you should have 42 stitches. Normally, I would add a stitch or two above the thumb, but the lace is stretchy, so you don't have to. I just continued the pattern and finished it off with a 2x2 ribbing.
Eliza was thrilled with them, but her mother decided that she really liked the hat too and requested one for herself. Again, I used the Cascade Superwash, but this time I knit it in a solid.
Eliza graciously offered to model. As you can see, it is a little big, but then it is for her mom.
I thought mom would like a pair of mitts also, so I made her a pair as well.
One tip. I wouldn't try knitting these and watching the Olympic short track speed skating events. It's not a good combination!
Nice hats - and mitts too! Not to mention a lovely model also. Ohhhh....the Olympics! I do miss them soooooo..... :(
Both of the hats and the mitts are so pretty, must go look up the pattern. They really suit the model, so cute
Love the hat--and your niece. Look at those dimples!!!
--AlisonH at spindyeknit.com (sorry, Blogger will take you to a dead link, they refuse to believe I'm not on Blogger anymore)
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