Baby Bonnet Pattern

Newborn prop bonnet

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Make a simple stocking stitch 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 knit and purl stitches.

It will also introduce you to decreasing and some shaping.

Some basic knowledge of crochet is required for the chin ties.

Newborn prop bonnet in burgundy

Newborn Bonnet Pattern

The 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 bonnet over baby’s head.

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. If you want to make a bear bonnet, then visit this pattern, where the pattern adds ears.

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Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern

Materials >

Yarn: 1 x 50g cotton yarn (I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK in cherry 04)

Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)

Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the chin ties

Darning needle / Scissors / Tape Measure

Size >>  To fit newborn – 3 months.

Easy Baby Bonnet Pattern

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 threads.

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.


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

Crochet >

Ch= chain (for the crochet ties)

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