Bear Bonnet Pattern (Newborn Prop)


This simple newborn bear bonnet pattern is a very easy project, requiring basic knitting knowledge for the bonnet and some crochet for the ears and chin ties.

This teddy bear bonnet with ears will be a perfect newborn photo prop for any photography sessions you have booked.

baby bear bonnet

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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Newborn Prop Bear Bonnet Free Knitting Pattern

Baby bonnet

This simple newborn bear bonnet is a very easy pattern, requiring basic knitting knowledge for the bonnet and some crochet for the ears and chin ties.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $10


  • Yarn: 1 x 50g cotton yarn or suitable baby yarn (I used Rico baby classic DK in Ecru (20) but have also used Rico Creative Cotton Aran in clay (51).
  • Any medium weight yarn/DK yarn.


  • Knitting Needles: 5.5mm (US 9)
  • Crochet hook: 7mm hook (US size K or similar) for the ears and chin ties
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure


Cotton yarn/DK yarn – knit with two strands together.

  1. Using 5.5mm knitting needles and your yarn, cast on 40 stitches
  2. Knit 4 rows (K2, P2) ribbing.
  3. 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.
  4. The bonnet will be approx 30cm wide (11 ½ inches)
  5. Decrease as follows:
  6. Row 1: (knit 1, k2tog) to the end of the row, K1 (27 stitches)
  7. Row 2: Purl
  8. Row 3: (k2tog) repeat across the row, to the last stitch, K1 (14 stitches)
  9. Row 4: Purl
  10. Cut a long “tail” of yarn. Thread all the remaining stitches onto the “tail”, and pull tight.
  11. Fold the bonnet in half, with the right sides facing and stitch down the seam for approx 4cm (11 ½ inches)
  12. Sew in any loose ends.

Make in a variety of colors and experiment with different yarns.

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 >

  1. With the same yarn and a 7 .0mm hook, chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.
  2. Round 1: chain 1, (working over yarn tail as you go) 8 double crochet into ring, slip stitch into the 1st double crochet to join. (8 sts) .
  3. Pull center yarn tail tight.
  4. Round 2: chain 1, 1 double crochet into same space as a chain – 1 and into each stitch around, slip stitch into the 1st double crochet to join. (8 sts)
  5. Leave a long tail to sew with and finish off. Sew in any loose threads.
  6. Sew the ears to the hat 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.
  7. Newborn photographers have also said that this looks better than the ears being stitched too far back.
  8. 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.


Size >> To fit a newborn.

Gauge - 6 sts in 1 inch / over 6 rows

Abbreviations >

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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  1. Hi, I love this bear hat but want to use a light weight yarn. In order to convert I need to know how many stitches in an inch for your pattern? Thanks!

    1. Hello, thank you for your comment, here is the gauge – 6 sts in 1 inch / over 6 rows. This is with the Rowan kid silk mohair – lace weight. 🙂