Clyde Bonnet

I'm officially calling the kitchen clean up done!  All except the junk drawer, which I'm desperately avoiding.  Instead, I'm moving on to my studio.  Sifting through old projects and notes is a lot more fun than organizing the odd bits of junk anyway.

What's even more exciting is discovering designs that I've knit, most of them I've even photographed, but never taken the time to write up the pattern.  That's what I'm going to work toward this spring.  Completing all my designs from start to finish.  I probably say this every spring, but this year I mean it!

(Size 4 to 6 years)

(Size 6 to 12 Months)

(Size 6 to 12 Months)

(Size Newborn or large newborn sized doll, as shown)

This is the first of many new knitting patterns.....

So I designed this adorable little bonnet a few years ago for all the wee ones (and their dolls) in my family.  It involves my two favorite parts of knitting:  1.) garter stitch and 2.) i cord.  (My friends won't mention to you that I used to curse the two, but I've grown to love them over my knitting years.)  

The bonnet has nice shaping to accommodate the back of the head, while leaving the neck natural, to avoid drafts.  The ties are good for babies and toddlers, because you know, they don't keep hats on their heads.  My older guys also appreciate the ties because when worn with a cape, "it just looks cool".  I love ties for the contrast in color, because I just love a pop of color.

I had a hard time coming up with a name, so I went to my boys.  I've seen many pixie style bonnets with pointy tops, but that just didn't seem a likely name for my bunch.  Jake said, "How about Clyde?"  Well, wouldn't you know, it's a Scottish name that means warm and snug.  Yeah, we're going with Clyde.

I've knit about a half dozen of these bonnets, but I'd like to open this pattern up to test knitters as well.  If you'd like to test knit the Clyde Bonnet, I'll take the first 10 participants.  

A few notes:  The pattern is written for sizes newborn to 10 years.  I used Size 6 (4mm) needles and 220 yards of worsted weight wool for the largest size.  I think a worsted weight cotton would also be lovely for Spring.

Here are the requirements:

*Email me your info at:  thesittingtree at gmail dot com    
*Project Completion Date:  April 20th
*Link completed project and photo to the Clyde Bonnet on Ravelry (I'll get the link posted this week, sometime.)

Thank you so much for participating and I look forward to seeing what colors everyone chooses!

Joining in with Ginny today.


  1. I am always amazed at the pattern design process and thing what you do is wonderful.
    The hat looks great and I will be sending you an email.

  2. Gasp! I LOVE this bonnet you've designed! It looks very much like one of those delightful go-to patterns that one just can't get enough of. Yep, I'm sending an email your way too. :-)

    1. A go-to pattern, I love it! That's exactly what it felt like for me, every time I knit one. Thanks. :)

  3. I emailed you! Would love to test knit this!

  4. I'd love to test this as well if you still need knitters, emailing you now!

  5. those hats are wonderful. such a great pattern. can't wait until this pattern is available. love the contrasting i-cord. wonderful.

  6. That's so cute, would love to test knit it, going to email you right away.

  7. What a beautiful hat! Love all those colours! And yes, will email you right away :-)))

  8. Oh, so cute! Really wants to test knit for you! i guess this is an good hat here, up in the north! vil email you!

  9. I LOVE Clyde!!!! What a great hat for every member of the family, even the adults. I could have used Clyde this past winter for shoveling the snow and dog walking. I will email to test, but, I think there are probably 50 ahead of me. Can't wait until the pattern is available.

  10. Very cute, I'll look forward to the pattern release :-)

  11. Very beautful Liz! You are a wonderful designer. Test knits are so exciting:)

  12. What a lovely pattern! I am looking forward to making those hats for dolls and my son. You are very talented :)

  13. Awww...why did I see this only now...sad, I'd have loved knitting it for you - can also offer three suitable children of different age, thus sizes ;-)

    Greetings from Germany,

  14. Just finished a slightly girly version using Channel Island cast on for a subtle picot edge and no contrast stocking stitch detail. Used twisted cord for ties. Looks really sweet. Pattern was simple to follow except for the instruction to knit stitch and wrap together. I just knitted the stitch (as I couldn't find the wrap) and this looks fine - no holes at all.

    Lorraine in Charlton Kings, England

  15. This really is the sweetest thing I have ever seen! He looks like he could be an extra in a medieval film.