Knit the Look: Bonnie Chen’s sunny beanie

How to knit Bonnie Chen's sunny yellow hat

What better way to perk up an outfit on a cool morning than to top it off with a sunshine-yellow beanie? I can’t quite decipher this one on model Bonnie Chen — looking at the slightly tighter photo, it doesn’t appear to be plain old ribbing, but I’m not sure what it is. (Are you?) So here’s my suggestion: Knit the Purl Bee’s Heel Stitch Hat. But since the heel stitch fabric is not reversible and will roll at the edge — and I like Bonnie’s rolled-up brim — what about knitting two or three inches of 1×1 ribbing before beginning the heel stitch pattern? That would give you a foldable edge that would have a bit of textural contrast with the main body of the hat. For the sunny yellow, knit it in Anzula’s For Better or Worsted in the color Ducky.

See Vanessa’s original post for more of Bonnie’s ensemble.

UPDATE: To see this hat knitted up with the recommended mods, check out my orange version.

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

14 thoughts on “Knit the Look: Bonnie Chen’s sunny beanie

  1. The stitch reminds me of tunisian crochet. I’d guess making the fabric flat, then stitching it closed to make a hat.

  2. I think it’s the contrast of the sunny yellow with the color of the skirt that makes this work so darn well. I wonder if fingerless mitts in that color, or scarf or cowl would look good if you weren’t wearing the skirt? Any pattern ideas for a set, and yarn colorways that would match that skirt?

  3. Seeing it above and blowing up the tighter photo in PhotoShot, (love the slouch design of the hat!) it looks like there’s ribbing widely spaced… Ok, I found a stitch pattern in a very old knitting book that I might try that has some of the same look: “Crossed Stitch Ribbing.” Certainly something I’ve never done. To get close to this look, I’d P1 then do two sets of the cross stitch (cross 2RK.) They say it “forms a very elastic fabric.” Ok! Fun quick knitting project with a new stitch!

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  5. this is so cute! I bought some yellow ‘Edison’s Bulb’ Madelinetosh at VKL in New York 2 years ago and still haven’t used it but I imagine it would be really cute as a slouchy yellow hat!

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