Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern

Baby bonnet

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Make a sweet baby bonnet, with this free newborn prop pattern. The bonnet will be suitable for any newborn photography sessions you have planned.

This is a beginner level knitting pattern, as it uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl. It will also introduce you to decreasing and some shaping.

baby bonnet

Newborn Bonnet Pattern

This simple baby bonnet pattern 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 newborn bonnet over baby’s head. The long chin ties are made separately and then attached.

The newborn baby bonnet 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.

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Free Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern

Materials >

Yarn: 1 x 50g mohair yarn (I used Rowan Kid Classic in feather 828)

Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)

Sewing needle / Scissors / Tape Measure

Size >>  To fit a newborn.

Newborn bonnet

Ribbed Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern

Using 5.5mm knitting needles and your yarn, cast on 40 stitches

Knit 10 rows (K2, P2) ribbing.

Then knit in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) until your bonnet measures 11cm (4.5 inches) from the cast on edge, 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 threads.

Chin Ties >

Make the chin ties by measuring out 6 lengths of matching yarn. Make sure each length is around 60 cms long and stitch 3 lengths to each side of the bonnet.


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)

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