Yet, just a few years after really embracing my inner grandma, I am beginning to see her point. I specialize in hats, often made for small humans, and I've made most of the patterns I've seen and like. So, my inner artist (and sometimes even my deeply hidden inner mathematician) and I've begun to really enjoy the fine art of pattern making. If I only had more money, I would probably spend a lot more time doing it. Unfortunately, after I've knit or crocheted an entire project, even if it isn't quite right, I have a hard time justifying pulling it out and starting all over again, or buying a new skein just to get it right.
One pattern I haven't been able to find is a cute crocheted bonnet. There are so many cute knit ones, but I wanted one I could whip up super quickly with chunky yarn that was still darling. I also wanted to try a new stitch, so I added the "Roll Stitch" which I found in an ancient crochet book. While not perfect, I think the result is pretty darn cute:
Chunky Monkey Easter Bonnet
Fleece Artist Big Merino (100% Merino; 136 yards per 125g ball)
Crochet Hook US J/6 mm
11 sts = 4"; 7 rows = 4" in dc
Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
You can use any yarn and hook you choose, just adjust the number of stitches to make the appropriate size bonnet
dc = double crochet
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
roll = roll stitch: yarn over 10 times, place hook into stitch and draw a loop through. Yarn over and pull loop through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to secure.
Chain 45 leaving a long end for seaming.
Row 1: Double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across - 43 dc
Row 2: Chain 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn; dc in each stitch across
Row 3-11: Repeat Row 2
Next row: Chain 3; roll stitch in every other stitch across (see pattern notes)
Last row: Chain 1; sc in 1st stitch and in each st across. DO NOT fasten off
Fold bonnet in half, and using the end from the initial chain, seam up the base chain. Fasten off.
To make ties: Picking up working yarn, chain 30 (away from the bonnet). Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across (back towards bonnet). Sc evenly across the bottom of the bonnet. Chain 30 once you get to the opposite side of bonnet. Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Fasten off once you reach the bonnet again and weave in all ends.