Hello everyone! It’s been a bit since my last post, but I’ve been working on patterns and taking care of my little one. I’m excited to share some new items with you all. One of the my first patterns is The Buffalo Bonnet!
I know what you’re thinking…Buffalo plaid is for fall and winter. But I also know that many of you makers start prepping for markets in spring and summer. So with that in mind, I decided to drop a fall/winter pattern in the spring.
About the Bonnet
The Buffalo Bonnet is a simple pixie-style bonnet for babies and kids. It’s made in the buffalo plaid style. I’ve designed it for Newborn up to age 10, but I suppose if you were just dying for an adult size, it would be easy enough to adapt.
About Buffalo Plaid
So the big secret to making a great buffalo plaid is to use 3 colors of yarn. Your first color should be a neutral like black, white or cream. Your other two colors should be similar colors, but different shades. For example, for a traditional red toned plaid, I’d want to use a true red and a maroon. For a pink plaid, I would choose a light pink and a darker pink. The possibilities are pretty endless with color combos. You could even toss some springy colors in there and use this in areas where the snow hasn’t quite melted yet.
Techniques You Need to Know
Okay, so to make a really great buffalo plaid, you will need to know how to change colors with your yarn. The technique is actually really simple. Before you pull through your last part of the stitch, you will switch colors. So in this case, my last “yarn over” in this double crochet will be with a new color. I will yarn over and pull my new color through the last two loops of my double crochet.
The next technique you need to know is how to carry your yarn. To do this, I simply hold the yarn I’m not using along the stitches to be worked. Then as I work my stitches with the color that I am using, I will wrap those stitches around the unused color. You may seek little bits of your unused color peek through your stitches here and there, but ultimately it won’t take away from the effect you’re going for.
For this particular project, I carried my Color A (the darker shade, maroon) throughout the entire work. Color B (the lighter shade, red) and Color C (the neutral color, black), I cut at the end of each row. When finished I tied loose ends together and wove them along the back of my work.
Now, depending on your skill level, Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet may or may not be a special stitch. But for the true newbie, don’t be afraid! These stitches are actually quite simple and they form a great ribbed effect.
For Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC), or any front post stitch for that matter, its simply a matter of where you insert your hook. Normally you would insert a hook into the top of a stitch, but for this you will actually be paying attention the the body of the stitch itself. So you will yarn over and insert your hook behind the body, or the post, of the stitch from the previous row. You will be working in the front side of your work to do this. Then just finish your double crochet stitch like normal. Doing this will pull your stitch forward.
For Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC), the concept is very similar. The only difference is that you will be working along the back side of your work. So you will yarn over and insert your hook in front of the body, or the post, of the stitch from the previous row. Then you will finish your stitch. Doing it this way will pull your stitch backwards.
Finishing the Bonnet
So once you have finished the crochet portion of your bonnet, you will need to do a few easy things to finish it up. The first, of course, would be to tie off any loose ends and weave them in.
The next step is to fold the bonnet in half and seam up the back. With the right sides together and the wrong sides facing out, you whip stitch along the edge opposite from the brim.
Then make the straps. Cut some pieces of yarn 18-24″ long (at least 3 pieces per side), and thread them through the bottom corner of the brim. Pull the pieces halfway through, and then braid them, tying a knot at the end. The more pieces you use the thicker you braid will be.
Finally, you can make a small pom to finish it off.
I hope you all enjoy this pattern. Whether you decide to make your Buffalo Bonnet now, or you save it to your Pinterest for fall, be sure to share your work with #thebuffalobonnet and tag me on Instagram @craftingforweeks so I can see your great work. Until next time…