I designed a fun Latvian Braid-featuring bonnet, the Riga Bonnet, that was included in the most recent Knitscene Accessories issue that came out in May. I LOVED this hat design and knew that I had to knit one up for myself as soon as it started getting cold.

Riga Bonnet from Knitscene Accessories!

Riga Bonnet from Knitscene Accessories!

So I dove into the stash and cast this baby on a couple weeks ago! It knits up crazy quick with size 9s and worsted weight yarn.

Bonnet Style Hats 4LYFE!

Bonnet Style Hats 4LYFE!

I finished this just in the nick of time! Cold weather hit Chicago last week, but I was ready for it. And looking pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

Super Quick Knit!

Super Quick Knit!

This marks a right of passage for my new apartment, too! My first bathroom mirror selfies! I edited these pics down so much that you can’t see ANYTHING else going on in the room besides that bright white wall and a little dark wood trim around the door, but there you go! My bathroom. New apartment, consider yourself welcomed to the knitting community.

Braid Trim and Tassels

Braid Trim and Tassels

Not included in the pattern is a little note about making your braids look awesome! Just hold your strands flat with the colors in the same order all the way down the braid. It creates a really beautiful effect! And I threw some tassels on the ends of my strands because I’m crazy like that!

Latvian Braid LOVE!

Latvian Braid LOVE!

The pattern in the magazine is a lot different than the pattern I wrote. To save space, the tech editor whittled it down to a braid stitch pattern repeat, and broke down the decreases into separate lines of the pattern. For me it’s super confusing! My original pattern had every line of the pattern written out, so you just go line by line down the pattern and see clearly which line of the braid you are on and if you are doing a decrease or not. So if you tackle the pattern and you are also finding it super confusing, just take a few minutes to write out your lines and note your decreases! It will help you keep everything straight.

Yeah, I'm THIS HAPPY to be wearing this hat!

Yeah, I’m THIS HAPPY to be wearing this hat!

There was also an error that appeared in the translation of the pattern to this format, unfortunately, that I’ve noted on the Ravelry pattern page. It’s that in the Latvian Braid Pattern, rows 5 and 6 should read: With MC, purl. NOT with MC, knit. So disappointing!

But it’s nothing too severe, and with a little bit of work before casting on the pattern should be easy peasy for you. And then you can be super styling this winter, just like me!

Pattern: Riga Bonnet by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Oatmeal, and Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted in Grecian Olive

Needles: Size 9 any size circular and DPNs

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