Birthday Sprinkles Ski Bonnet


The hat before I blocked it.

This modified version of the Neon Ski Bonnet is fairly fabulous. The rainbow sparkle white yarn reminds me a lot of sprinkles on a birthday cake and makes me giggle every time I look at it. Yes, I am 32 and overjoyed to have a hat that reminds me of birthday sprinkles. Judge me if you wish. I’m not ashamed.

This hat only took me 4 days, which is twice as long as the first one took me but still not too long. I didn’t feel the big rush this time since I was making it for myself. My modified cable pattern (explained below) was faster to knit than the cable pattern in the original design, but how I did the wraps in the bonnet portion took me longer due to my changing my mind. 034I did a MUCH better job making a pompom this time! Hurray! I also totally stand by my decision to do it in two colours. Granted the pink and sparkly white isn’t for everyone but I love it. Life is too short not to wear ridiculous stuff like this.

And of course, as luck would have it, the day after I make this splended joy-making hat for myself the weather warms up to a point where a hat would be foolish. Mother Nature is really harshing my groove.


My Project Notes:

  1. Closeup of the sparkle yarn and the wrapped rib pattern

    I used of Loops & Threads Impeccable in Arbour Rose (about half a ball) and Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter in Ice Queen (about 2/3 of a ball). Same as last time, this cheapo acrylic yarn knit up nicely, is soft, and frankly looks good. I swear the past two projects have really made reconsider acrylic yarn’s merit.

  2. For the band I cast on 44 stitches and divided it to be 26 on one needle (outside/visible of band), 18 on the other (inside/hidden part of the band). I knit it on the round. I did 6 repeats of the cable pattern found at the bottom of this post for the top of the band and just knit all the stitches for the bottom of the band.
  3. I didn’t block it or kill it because I actually really like the poofy chunky look of it. I may block it eventually just to better show the cable pattern but for now I’m happy as is. [Edit: I actually did block it and yeah, looks awesome. Worth blocking to really show off the cables! And it drapes better now too.]
  4. The bonnet portion (in the pretty pretty sparkle yarn!) I knit with a basic 2×2 ribbing and didn’t do the wraps until after I finished because I was intending to do the wrap sin the pink. It looked pretty terrible when I tried doing the wraps in the pink though, so I did them in the sparkly white, and did them every 5 rows and every pair of ribs. The end result is a much more intricate looking pattern that I adore, but damn, I wish I had done it while I was knitting the bonnet. What a pain it was doing it after the fact!
  5. The ties are braids with 24 strands (8 strands in each of the three braid pieces). I did it in both colours of yarns to tie the hat all together. They are nice and thick and match the weight of the hat.
  6. Did the pompom in both colours to tie it all together, same as the ties.


Cable Pattern:

Row 1-4: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2

Row 5: p2, C10B, p2, k10, p2030

Row 6-10: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2

Row 11:  p2, C10B, p2, k10, p2

Row 12-16: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2

Row 17: p2, k10, p2, C10B, p2

Row 18-22: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2

Row 23: p2, k10, p2, C10B, p2

Row 24: p2, k10, p2, k10, p2


C10B = slip 5 stitches to a cable needle and hold to the back of your work, knit 5, then knit the 5 from the cable needle