Knit up a sweet Santa pixie bonnet with this easy knitting pattern for babies and toddlers, your little one will be the cutest Santa’s helper south of the North Pole!
You guys, I thought my regular baby Santa hat was cute…I was NOT prepared for a Santa pixie bonnet.
If you’ve been here a while you know I have a serious weakness for baby bonnet knitting patterns. Like the ruffle bonnet or the bluebell bonnet. But I especially love EASY baby bonnet knitting patterns.
Every time I knit one I (only half-jokingly) tell myself that I’m only ever knitting baby bonnets from then on. They’re just so stinkin’ cute!
This one is also perfect for those of you who avoid knitting in the round at all costs. I know you’re out there, friends! On the one hand, that’s ok, you do whatever you feel ready for.
(But I feel like I’m morally obligated to tell you that knitting in the round is really not hard, you can do it! No more purling! It’s so much faster to knit hats in the round! )
That being said, this bonnet is knit flat and it’s SUPER easy. Like the easiest baby bonnet knitting pattern out there. Is that a ridiculous claim?
I suppose, were you so inclined, you could knit this in any other color or combination of colors and remove the “Santa” component also. So really it’s the perfect bonnet pattern for everyone and every season.
You guys, my wild claims of the awesomeness of this bonnet knitting pattern are just getting wilder! Help!
Santa Pixie Bonnet Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Santa Pixie Bonnet Supply List
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Santa Pixie Bonnet Instructions
Size 12 months, see pdf options for additional sizing!
Using circular needles as straight needles, use white yarn to cast on 72 stitches with a long tail cast on.
This bonnet is knit flat.
Row 1 (RS): knit all stitches
Row 2 (WS): purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 14 more times for a total of 16 rows of stockinette stitch. The white brim will begin to roll up.
Switch to red yarn and continue on in stockinette stitch with a garter stitch edging as follows:
Row 1 (RS): knit all stitches
Row 2: (WS): k6, p60, k6
Repeat rows 4 & 5 until the hat is about 8 inches long. After a wrong side row, finish with a 3 needle bind off:
Lay your knitting out right side up as shown. Pull the excess circular knitting needle cable out between stitches in the exact middle of the bonnet, dividing the stitches into two sets of equal number of stitches as shown.
Step 1: Line the two needles up, one in front of the other. Insert the third needle (one of your DPNs) through the first stitch on BOTH needles and knit them together.
Step 2: Repeat a second time, knitting two more stitches together so you have two stitches on your third needle.
Step 3: Then lift the first stitch on the third needle up, over the second, and off, to cast off one stitch. You have one stitch left on the third needle.
Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have cast off all of the stitches on both circular needles and have just one stitch remaining on the third needle.
Cut the yarn and pull through that last stitch to close. Weave in the ends on the inside of the bonnet.
To add ties:
Using 2 double pointed needles, pick up 3 stitches with white yarn on one corner just before the switch from white to red yarn as shown.
Then, knit an i-cord using those 3 stitches until the tie is 9 inches long.
Cut yarn, pull through stitches at the end of the i-cord to close, and weave in the ends. Repeat with the other tie. Be sure to block your bonnet before wearing.
Please use common sense, don’t tie the chin straps too tightly and never leave baby unattended while wearing your bonnet.
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