This simple bear bonnet with ears pattern 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 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 favourite!
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.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should be able to knit the purl stitch.
- You should be able to knit in stockinette stitch.
- How to K2tog.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
More Baby Knitting Patterns
You may also be interested in these baby knits:
- Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern
- Stockinette Stitch Baby Cardigan Pattern
- Garter Stitch Baby Cardigan Pattern
- Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
- Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
- Baby Bunny Knitting Pattern
- Pom Pom Baby Booties Knitting Pattern
- Bunny Softie Knitting Pattern
Teddy Bear Bonnet Free Knitting Pattern
The bonnet knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Easy
- This pattern is to fit a newborn.
Gauge – 6 sts / 6 rows in 1 inch
The Supplies You Need
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 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 centre yarn tail tight.
- Round 2: chain 1, 1 double crochet into 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 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.
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Happy Knitting! xoxo