Knit this adorable bonnet for your little one with this free baby bonnet knitting pattern!
Thanks to Lion Brand Yarn for supplying the yarn for this project, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.Well, I think I’ve done it. I have reached the absolute peak of cuteness with my new baby bonnet knitting pattern. There is just something about baby hats and bonnets that tie under the chin that just might be the most adorable of adorableness. Is it the sweet double chins? The perfectly framed chubby cheeks ? The old-timey innocence? I don’t know. But just watch out that you don’t melt into a puddle while you read this post. I think it happened to my mom…
But in all seriousness, I have all my life been a die-hard Little House on the Prairie fan (books not tv show). Particularly of the illustrations by Garth Williams and so a bonnet has been on my knitting to-do list since approximately 90 seconds after we found out Baby V was a girl. It’s actually a little embarrassing that it took me this long! To be honest, I thought it was going to be more complicated than it is really was. Once I figured out the basic shape, I decided to do it in a simple but cute eyelet stitch to make it a little more fun. So go ahead and knit sweet little eyelet bonnets for all your little ones and try not to be overwhelmed with cuteness!Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works: This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Note: with patterns including eyelets like this one, when in doubt, I recommend that you size up so the eyelets don’t pull too much when you put the hat on.
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches (after blocking)
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using your circular needles as straight needles, cast on 64 stitches. The first part of this bonnet is knit flat.
Row 1: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row.
Row 2: (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the row.
Rows 3 & 4: repeat rows 1 & 2 (seed stitch)
Begin Eyelet repeat (8 row repeat, continue knitting flat):
Row 1: k1, p1, k1, p1, k56, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 2: p1, k1, p1, k1, p56, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 3: k1, p1, k1, p1, (k6, yo, k2tog) repeat, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 4: p1, k1, p1, k1, p56, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 5: k1, p1, k1, p1, k56, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 6: p1, k1, p1, k1, p56, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 7: k1, p1, k1, p1, k2 ( yo, k2tog, k6) repeat to last 8 stitches, k5, p1, k1, p1
Row 8: p1, k1, p1, k1, p56, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat Eyelet pattern (rows 1-8) until the bonnet is 5 1/2 inches long.
Begin decrease after an eyelet row 3 or a row 7. To start decrease, distribute stitches among double pointed needles or use magic loop, and join to knit in the round. Knit all stitches for one round.
Decrease (knit in the round):
Round 1:(k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To add ties:
Using double pointed needles, pick up 3 stitches on one corner under the chin of the bonnet.
Then, attaching new yarn, 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 that end. Repeat with the other tie.
Since I used a cotton yarn, this bonnet really benefited from a quick blocking. To block knitting the easiest way possible, I lay my project out on my ironing board and shape it, pin it in place and then wet it down and let it dry. And that’s it! Enjoy your sweet bonnet!
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