The Pauline pattern is now available for download through Ravelry. There is, unfortunately, a long story to go with this, so hang in there a second. Pauline was designed as an entry for the Malabrigo Junkies One Skein Design contest. Malabrigo Junkies is a very cool Ravelry group of which I am a member – it is, as might be inferred, a group for fans of Malabrigo, and in October it held a variety of contests, including one for designers. The rules of the One Skein Design contest were that the design must be made from a single skein or less of Malabrigo yarn. The pattern(s) that won would be offered for free, while designers could choose whether to offer their patterns for sale or for free if they did not win. I entered with the plan to offer Pauline for sale if it didn’t win. The deadline for the patterns to be completed and test knit was November 16th, and I had expected the winners to be announced some time in the following week. This was, it seems, a little too optimistic, as no deadline was actually set for judging at that time. Later, I saw on the front page of Malabrigo Junkies that the contest was to be over “by December”. However, as of today, December 1st, there are no winners yet announced. The good folks over at Malabrigo Junkies are all lovely people, and I’m sure the delay is unintended, but as I’ve been receiving regular emails and private messages from people asking when the pattern will be released, and as we’re now into December, and people may wish to start making holiday gifts, I’ve decided to release the pattern before the contest is judged.
As a result, you can now buy and download the pattern for $5, but please be aware that if Pauline ends up being a winner in the Malabrigo Junkies contest, it will be offered for free from that point. You may wish, then, to wait for that result.
With all that exposition out of the way, here’s the link to purchase a copy of the Pauline pattern.
After centuries of use by women of all ages, the bonnet has in recent times fallen largely by the wayside. But bonnets don’t have to be babyish or fussy. Easy, elegant, and timeless, Pauline is a flapper style bonnet knit in one piece without seams. Wear it tied to keep your ears warm in winter, or untied for a casual, fashionable look. You can knit this hat using either straight or circular needles, depending on what you have on hand, but I’d recommend circular needles so that you can see the shape of the hat as it develops.
Skill level: Intermediate
Sizes: S/M (to fit a 20-22 inch head) and L/XL (to fit a 22.5-25 inch head)
Recommended yarn: 1 (1) skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% merino, 216 yards per skein, shown here in Rich Chocolate)
Gauge: 18 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Other materials: U.S. size 7 needles, straight or circular (4.5 mm), U.S. size 10 double pointed needles, pair (6 mm), U.S. size 4 single double pointed needle (3.5 mm), 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Possible yarn substitutes: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Cascade 220, Dream in Color Classy, Karabella Aurora 8, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool, Mission Falls 1824 Wool