Baby Bonnet Pattern


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.


A Basic Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are basic beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, knit and purl stitches.

The hat is knit in one piece and then seamed to create the shape.

Two chin ties are then stitched in the lower corners of the hat.

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

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Newborn photo prop bonnet pattern

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 the baby’s head.

Skill Level – Easy

Size >> To fit a newborn

The supplies you need…


Needles + Hook

  • Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)
  • Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the chin ties


  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • 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)

Pattern Instructions

  • 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 long you prefer) and stitch to the bonnet.

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Happy Knitting!

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