In this post, you will see a bear bonnet with ears pattern
This simple bear bonnet will look great in a mohair yarn or other textured yarn.
The bear bonnet will make an excellent newborn photo prop, but it is not advised to allow the baby to wear one without supervision, as it has chin ties.
I have sold many of these bonnet patterns and they remain a firm reader favorite!
An Easy Level Knitting Pattern
This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off and knit and purl stitches.
It will also introduce you to shaping, through simple increases and decreases.
You will also need to know some basic crochet knowledge as the ears and chin ties are crocheted.
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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.
- Knitting cast-on methods.
- Knitting Lessons
- How to cast on knitting.
- How to cast off knitting.
- How to knit the garter stitch.
- How to knit the purl stitch.
- How to knit stockinette stitch.
- How to read knitting patterns.
- Knitting abbreviations and terms.
- How to knit rib stitch.
- How to kit two stitches together – K2tog.
More Baby Knitting Patterns
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Bear Bonnet With Ears Pattern
The bonnet knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
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- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Easy
Size –This pattern is to fit a newborn.
Gauge – 6 sts / 8 rows in 1 inch
The Supplies You Need
- Yarn: 1 x 50g mohair yarn (I used Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Majestic (589) knit with two strands together to make it a DK weight).
- Any DK yarn/Medium weight (Knit with 1 strand only).
- Yarn weight guide
Needles + Hook
- Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)
- Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the ears and chin ties
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)
- 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 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 the same space as a 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 baby bear bonnet wherever you would like them to be, I normally sew them 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.
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