Sunday, August 07, 2005

Another Heirloom Pattern- Baby Bonnet

More fun stuff from the family archives! This is a pattern for a knitted baby bonnet, mailed to my great-grandmother in 1940 by a Mrs. Olivia Weker. I have transcribed it below just as written.

Standard pattern use rules apply. Credit the mysterious Olivia!

Cast on 96 stitches.
Work ribbing K2P2 for 1/2 inch.
Work stockinette stitch for 5 inches.
Bind off 32 stitches at each end.
Work on 32 stitches in center for 3 1/2 inches (stockinette stitch).
Pick up 30 stitches on each side, and work in ribbing K2P2 for 2 rows (on bottom of cap).
Next make beading - K2* yarn over, K2 stiches together.
Repeat from * to within 2 stitches of end of row K last two stitches.
Work 4 rows of K2, P2, and bind off, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purled.
Join seams.

And a little note at the bottom of the letter,
"Hope your mother can follow this. I certainly do think she is a remarkable old lady- you must get your energy from her!"