A classic baby bonnet is as sweet as it is practical. Worked in a soft yarn, a baby bonnet can keep chilly breezes away from baby's delicate head and will stay in place as baby is moved from place to place. A knit baby bonnet is a quick project, making it an ideal shower gift for expecting friends and co-workers. If you opt for a gender neutral color and limited details, you can even keep a few on hand for last minute gifts.
While heirlooms are lovely, many parents prefer everyday items that they can use and enjoy for their new babies. Work this knit baby bonnet pattern up in worsted weight yarn. Choose a soft, washable yarn, like a cotton acrylic blend or a superwash wool. You will also need size 5 and size 8 knitting needles, depending upon your gauge. While gauge is not so critical for this project, aim for around 5 stitches to the inch on the larger needles for your knit baby bonnet.
Cast on 64 stitches with the smaller needles. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1 inch. Switch to the larger needles and continue in stockinette stitch, knitting the first three and last three stitches of each row until the bonnet is 4 1/2 inches from the cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row. Begin decreasing to form the crown of your bonnet. All wrong side rows will continue to be purled, maintaining the garter stitch edging as set for as long as possible. On the first decrease row, knit 6, and knit 2 together across the row. Knit 3, purl across, knit 3 on the wrong side, then knit 5, and knit 2 together across the next right side row. Decrease row three is worked in a knit 4, knit 2 together pattern. Continue working decrease row four in a knit 3, knit 2 together pattern, then decrease row 5 in a knit 2, knit 2 together pattern. Decrease row 6 should be worked in a knit 1, knit 2 together pattern. Knit the final row by knitting 2 together across the row. Break your yarn and thread through, gathering tightly.
Weave in all ends, then attach a ribbon, cord or elastic to form a chin strap for your bonnet. You can also opt to pick up three stitches at each side of the garter stitch border and work i-cord for the bonnet ties. Add small ribbon roses or appliqués to embellish your knit baby bonnet. Duplicate stitch is another option that can add personality and character to this simple bonnet pattern. You can also add interest to this simple knit bonnet pattern by working it in stripes, a Fair Isle pattern or intarsia. Simple lace patterns will also work well.
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