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The bear bonnet will make an excellent newborn photo prop, but it is not advised to allow baby to wear one without supervision, as it has chin ties.
I have sold many of these bonnets through my Etsy store and they remain popular for newborn photo sessions.
Bear Bonnet Pattern Free
The baby bonnet pattern below is easy to follow, making the bonnet flat on straight needles and decreasing to shape the back of the bonnet.
This is then stitched together for about 1″ in length which leaves an open gap to easily fit the bear bonnet over baby’s head.
The ears and chin ties are made separately and then attached.
The pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a quick project and great for stash busting – any yarns you have leftover from other projects can be used up for baby bonnets!
I have made bonnets using cotton, mohair and mohair/acrylic blends. The mohair versions always look good, with them being hairy and soft.
You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free pdf version from my shop.
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Bear Bonnet Pattern
Yarn: 1 x 50g mohair yarn (I used Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Majestic (589) knit with two strands together.
Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)
Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the ears and chin ties
Darning needle / Scissors / Tape Measure
Size >> To fit a newborn.
Teddy Bear Bonnet Free Knitting Pattern
Rowan Kid Silk Haze yarn – knit with two strands together.
Using 5.5mm knitting needles and your yarn, cast on 40 stitches
Knit 4 rows (K2, P2) ribbing.
Then knit in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) until your bonnet measures 11cm (4.5 inches) ending with a purl (wrong side) row.
The bonnet will be approx 30cm wide (11 ½ inches)
Decrease as follows:
Row 1: (knit 1, k2tog) to the end of the row, K1 (27 stitches)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: (k2tog) repeat across the row, to the last stitch, K1 (14 stitches)
Row 4: Purl
Cut a long “tail” of yarn. Thread all the remaining stitches onto the “tail”, and pull tight.
Fold the bonnet in half, with the right sides facing and stitch down the seam for approx 4cm (11 ½ inches)
Sew in any loose ends.
Chin Ties >
Make the chin ties by creating a long crochet chain of approx 50 chain stitches (or however you long you prefer) and stitch to the bonnet.
Teddy Bear Ears – Make 2 >
With the same yarn and a 7 .0mm hook, chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.
Round 1 : chain 1, (working over yarn tail as you go) 8 double crochet into ring, slip stitch into 1st double crochet to join. (8 sts) .
Pull centre yarn tail tight.
Round 2: chain 1, 1 double crochet into same space as chain – 1 and into each stitch around, slip stitch into 1st double crochet to join. (8 sts)
Leave a long tail to sew with and finish off. Sew in any loose threads.
Sew the ears to the hat wherever you would like them to be, I normally sew then about 2 inches from the front edge, as I like them to be near the front of the bonnet.
Newborn photographers have also said that this looks better than the ears being stitched too far back. You can fold the bonnet in half to sew on the ears or use a ball of yarn as a stand.
I put the hat onto a ball of yarn and then see where I want to position the ears.
K = Knit
P = Purl
St = stitch
RS = Right side
WS = Wrong side
Rep = Repeat
Ribbing: Knit 2 stitches, Purl 2 stitches to the end of the row.
Stocking stitch= one row knit, one row purl
K2tog = knit two stitches together
Ch= chain (for the crochet ties)