Teddy Bear Bonnet Free Knitting Pattern
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.
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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.
Baby Bear Bonnet Pattern
The pattern is great for any advanced 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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Skill Level – Advanced beginner
- Yarn: 1 x 50g mohair yarn (I used Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Majestic (589) knit with two strands together).
- Lace weight.
- yarn weight guide
- Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)
- Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the ears and chin ties
- Darning needle
- Tape Measure
- Using 5.5mm knitting needles and your yarn (knit with two strands together), 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 (11.5 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 (1.5 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 center 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.
This bonnet knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
You are welcome to sell items knit from this pattern, I just ask that you give pattern credit to Handy Little Me and link to www.handylittleme.com in any listings. Thank you!
Gauge – 6 sts in 1 inch / over 6 rows
Size >> To fit a newborn.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations 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
Ch= chain (for the crochet ties)
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