The solution is a sleep cap. I've seen many versions of these, and what they all have in common is being Not Lumpy, because who wants to turn over onto a whomping huge cable? But none of the ones I saw really made me think of my very hip friend who is starting chemo soon, so I designed this hat for her using an unfortunately out-of-circulation colourway in Playful from Twisted Fiber Art.
My idea was to keep it super plain on all sides, just letting the hand-dyed semisolid yarn be beautiful like her, and putting a little something onto the front for personality. I decided on three ridges of seven stitches each, for luck - don't worry, it's not a hard maneuver - and knit my way up to the crown in no time.
Once I got it on and saw the angle those ridges make, well.
All I could think of was my big brother teaching the eight-year-old me to raise my eyebrow.
If you've been around my blogs long enough you will know how much I adored Bob, who died of malaria when I was just 15, and how much I think of him every day. He was a lot older and I was a terrible pest, so he must have had a pretty huge patient streak. He didn't just take me on hikes and once to the local carnival when nobody else could be bothered, he also taught me how to tie my shoelaces, and - oh boy - how to raise my eyebrow like him and even waggle it. I absolutely love being able to do that, at just the right moment in any conversation. (I don't know about him, but while I can raise either, I can only waggle the right one.)
Anyway I had to name this hat for Bob. And I think I have to make one for myself even though I have hair because you know what? It looks to me like a pretty awesome snow-day hat.
Hope you enjoy it too, if you make one.
Download .pdf of Bobcap