Baby Bonnet Knitting Patterns


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Are you looking for a few patterns to try out your knitting skills on?  Baby bonnet knitting patterns (and hats come to think of it...) are usually designed in the same basic shape, starting with a rectangle of patterned knitting and finished with shaping for the crown.

If you are new to knitting, you can also knit a hat or bonnet by knitting a plain square of knitting, joining the side seam when you are happy with the length (usually around 15-18 cms of knitting would do) and gathering at the top a few centimetres from the cast off edge. 

© Knitting Naturally | Baby Bonnet with a Zig Zag stitch pattern

Baby Bonnet Knitting Patterns

ABBREVIATIONS

K = knit; P = purl; tog = together; st = stitch; beg = beginning; alt = alternate; rep = repeat; sl 1 = slip 1 st; psso = pass slipped stitch over; st st = stocking stitch; patt = pattern; cm = centimetres; in = inches; mm = millimetres.

Traditional Stocking Stitch Baby Bonnet Knitting Pattern

MEASUREMENTS:  To fit  0 - 3 mths

MATERIALS: 4 Ply Baby Wool Quantity 50 grams (Quantities are approximate as they vary between knitters)

NEEDLES: 1 pair each 3.00mm (UK 12, USA 2) and 3.25mm (UK 10, USA 3) or sizes needed to give correct tension.

ACCESSORIES:  Knitters Needle for sewing seams. Ribbon.

TENSION: On 3.25mm needles, 30 sts and 38 rows to 10 cm in width over stocking stitch.

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 67 sts and work 4 rows in garter stitch (every row knit).

Commence Pattern

1st row (Right Side): Knit.

2nd row: Purl.

These 2 rows form the pattern. Continue in pattern until the bonnet measures approximately 10 cm ending with a 2nd row.

Next row (Increase): K1, *inc in next st, k6; repeat from * to last 2 sts, inc in next st, knit to end, 77 sts.

Next row: Knit Tie a marker at each end of last row.

Shape Back

1st row: K 7 [8], *sl 1 k2 tog, psso, k12 [14]; rep from * to last 10 [11] sts, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, knit to end, 67 [77] sts remain.

Work 3 rows in garter st.

5th row: K 6 [7], *sl 1 k2 tog, psso, k10 [12]; rep from * to last 9 [10] sts, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, knit to end, 57 [67] sts remain.

Work 3 rows in garter st.

9th row: K 5 [6], *sl 1 k2 tog, psso, k8 [10]; rep from * to last 8 [9] sts, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, knit to end, 47 [57] sts remain.

Work 1 row in garter st.

Continue to decrease 10 sts in this way on next and every alt row until 17 sts remain ending with a wrong side row.

Next row: K1, * k2 tog; repeat from * to end.

Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, draw up firmly and fasten off. To Make Up Join back seam to markers.

Neck Edging

Using 3.00mm needles and with right side of work facing, pickup and knit 63 [75] sts evenly around the lower edge of the bonnet. Work 6 rows in garter st. Cast off knit wise.

Sew a length of ribbon to each corner.

You can either knit this pattern in stocking stitch or you can incorporate a lace knitting stitch pattern from the garter stitch edging to the first increase to shape the back.  The stocking stitch version could also  have hand embroidery added if you want to 'jazz' it up a bit.

Basic 8 Ply Hat Knitting Pattern - knitted on Straight needles

MEASUREMENTS:  0 – 3, 3 – 6, and  6 – 12 (mths)

MATERIALS:  8 Ply (Double Knit)  50 grams  (Quantities are approximate as they vary between knitters)

NEEDLES: 1 pair of 2.75mm (UK 12, USA 2) circular needles and 1 pair of 3.25mm (UK 10, USA 3) sraight needles or sizes needed to give correct tension.

ACCESSORIES: Knitters Needle for weaving in ends. Short length of matching ribbon (optional).

TENSION: On 2.75mm needles, 24 sts and 40 rows to 10 cm in width over garter stitch. 

Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 84 (92, 100) sts.

Knit 9 rounds in stst, dec 12 (12, 12) sts evenly across the last row… 72 (80, 88) sts.

Continue knitting in stocking stitch until knitting measures 12 (13, 14) cm from cast on edge. Decrease rows are as follows:

Next row: *K2tog, k7 (8, 9) rep. from * to end

Next row: Purl

Next row: *K2tog, k6 (7, 8) rep. from * to end

Next row: Purl

Next row: *K2tog, k5 (6, 7) rep. from * to end

Next row: Purl

Cont. dec in this manner (working one st less between dec each time) in all alt rows until 8 sts rem.

Next row: (k2tog, k2) twice (6 sts).

Cast off.

Making Up

Use a knitter’s sewing needle to close the side seam and weave in all loose threads.  Finish the cast-off edge neatly by gathering the edge and tying securely. 

Basic 8 Ply Hat Knitting Pattern - knitted on circular needles

MEASUREMENTS:  0 – 3, 3 – 6, and  6 – 12 (mths)

MATERIALS:  8 Ply (Double Knit)  50 grams  (Quantities are approximate as they vary between knitters)

NEEDLES: 1 pair of 2.75mm (UK 12, USA 2) circular needles and 1 pair of 3.25mm (UK 10, USA 3) sraight needles or sizes needed to give correct tension.

ACCESSORIES: Knitters Needle for weaving in ends. Short length of matching ribbon (optional).

TENSION: On 2.75mm needles, 24 sts and 40 rows to 10 cm in width over garter stitch. 

Using the 3.25mm circular needle, cast on 84 (92, 100) sts.

Transfer 42 (46, 50) sts to the 2nd circular needle and join into a round. Knit 9 rounds in stst, dec 12 (12, 12) sts evenly across the last round… 72 (80, 88) sts.

Knit all rounds until knitting measures 12 (13, 14) cm from cast on edge. Decrease rows are as follows:

Next round: *K2tog, k7 (8, 9) rep. from * to end

Next round: Knit.

Next round: *K2tog, k6 (7, 8) rep. from * to end

Next round: Knit.

Next round: *K2tog, k5 (6, 7) rep. from * to end

Next round: Knit.

Cont. dec in this manner (working one st less between dec each time) in all alt rows until 8 sts rem.

Next round: (k2tog, k2) twice (6 sts).

Cast off.

Making Up

Use a knitter’s sewing needle to weave in all loose threads and finish the cast-off edge neatly. 

Other Baby Bonnet Knitting Patterns by Knitting Naturally

I have a couple of baby bonnet knitting patterns (and hats) that I have designed for sale in my ETSY store.  These patterns have a bonnet or a hat and bootees or boots to match. 

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