In the cold of winter, a hat is a necessity, but it can be a disaster for your pigtails, ponytails, etc. Well, Rebecca Dovi has a solution, the Piggle. This stretchy, lacy hat with openings for pigtails is genius.
The pattern calls for a dk weight yarn, but I used Caron's Simply Soft. So I made the following modifications. I substituted size 5 dpns and reduced the cast on to only 80 stitches. I worked 6 rows of ribbing, then worked 5 repeats of lace pattern. Inserted pigtail holes per instructions and worked 2 more lace repeats then began decreases every 10 sts. It is perfect. Because the lace rib pattern is so stretchy, it will easily fit a wide range of heads. I need to make at least one more of these, in purple.
If you are new to lace knitting, don't be intimidated. This pattern is only a 5 stitch - 4 row repeat. It is simple to memorize and execute.