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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 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.
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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Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern
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
Ch= chain (for the crochet ties)