I wasn’t completely listless during the film fest that I threw for myself yesterday. I managed to knit GN’s head accessory that will pass her JROTC uniform inspection. Then I managed to knit a second one in a more fun color for her to wear on other days.
I call it the ‘Bun and Pony Show’. It’s basically a watch cap with the shaping necessary to accommodate a hair bun or ponytail . . . or maybe I should say partial watch cap shaping that allows for the bun and pony show. Below are photos of GN’s black version. It actually buttons under her bun so it is less likely to mess her hair. She can wrap it on, rather than pull it over her bun.
I had a feeling she would like it, so I choose a brighter fabric for her to wear on non-uniform days. The green matches one of the colors in a scarf she made for herself last year. I didn’t get the ends woven in until after I dropped her at school today, so you are stuck with the Gram for the Bun and Pony model. For this version, I skipped the buttonholes and knit the lower portion in the round on dpn’s. (double-pointed needles).
The green one is cute as it is in the photos, but I plan to add some knitted flowers along the top edge of the hole for the bun or pony. I have yarn in the other colors of GN’s so will make flowers in those colors. I took the photo without the flowers because a) I wanted to show the hole edge without the flowers. I used a single crochet to tidy up the diagonal rib decreases; and b) I haven’t knit the flowers yet.
It’s a fun piece to wear with long hair down, too. Just pull your locks through the opening. It’s more covering than an ear warmer.
I am planning to knit a third Bun and Pony Show in a brown wool that will match that long Teddy Bear winter coat I bought for myself. Here’s the pdf file for the Bun and Pony Show Winter Headwear Pattern. Pattern is for the version without the buttons.