For those of you who want to knit any of my bonnet patterns but don’t want the threaded ribbon ties, I’ve designed an alternative knitted I-Cord finishing which can be substituted for the neck band in any of my bonnet patterns.
Please follow the instructions in your pattern up to the point where you have picked up your stitches along the neck-edge of the bonnet (as if you were going to knit the neck-band): Cut yarn (leaving a tail long enough for weaving in) and slip these stitches (which will now be referred to as “Bonnet Stitches”) onto your free needle (or, left hand needle) with the right side facing, the tail you just snipped will be towards the back of the needle. You will now work your I-cord on these needles so push your bonnet out of the way down towards the back of the needle.
I-cord: CO 3 Sts onto your left hand needle (the needle holding the bonnet stitches). *K3, slip these 3 Sts from your right hand needle back to your left hand needle; Repeat from * until your I-cord measures 6″ (or your desired length)
On your left hand needle you should now have your bonnet stitches (push them up further towards the tip of the needle as they will now be in use) and your 3 I-cord stitches (which will be sitting near the tip of the needle, in front of the bonnet stitches): *K2, K2togtbl, slip these 3 Sts from your right-hand needle back to your left hand needle; Repeat from * until you have only 3 Sts remaining.
Now you are going to work the other side of your I-cord on these 3 Sts as before: *K3, slip these 3 Sts from your right-hand needle back to your left hand needle; Repeat from * until your I-cord measures 6″ (or your desired length). K3tog, cut yarn, thread it through the remaining stitch and tie it off. Weave in your loose ends.