Ever since my last DIY Crochet Equine Fly Bonnet post, I’ve been working on my crochet and bonnet making skills. The crochet part is going great. My stitches are getting more even and quicker, and I’ve tried out some different trim techniques that look really good to me.
The problem is the damn pattern.
People have been emailing me and asking on instagram for my bonnet pattern, and my response should be that I wished I had one! Honestly, I’m not a great “follow instructions” person and learn in a hands on way, but there’s been a lot of trial and errors.
The beautiful black and lime green bonnet I made on vacation? I tried it out on Simon before adding the ears, and it looked great from the front!
But waaaaaaaaaay too short on the sides. Side note – is this a good enough bonnet for a blog giveaway? It would probably only work on smaller horses with quite narrow heads… but I hate to toss it completely.
I also had another bonnet I was working on, and tried it on him. It was an even worse fit.
So I went home and redid it, adding much more length to the sides. Much better!
Then I crocheted more down to see where the V should start.
Way too long. With trim and the V, it would cover his eyes. A blind horse is not a good jumper.
So I re-did it, thinking I had the perfect pattern!
Nope. By the time I add trim to this, it’d be too close to his eyes. Also, I think the V isn’t big enough for my liking.
Basically this is nothing more than saying DIY bonnet patterns aren’t nearly as easy as crocheting. Maybe I’ll get it eventually?