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Bonnet Belle – Free Knitting Pattern Baby Hat

Bonnet Belle, free knitting pattern baby hat | faerwear

This was a pattern I whipped up when my daughter was six months old (she’s eight years old now) – my kiddo had (has) a massive head and she’d outgrown all her baby hats, so we did this one afternoon.

The Ravelry page is here if you like keeping your projects updated.  It’s a cute little baby bonnet that only takes short bit of time to knit – you can modify it easily to add additional flavors, and it makes a great gift or charity knit.

Skill level/required skills: Skill level: easy. Skills required: knitting in the round, basic increases and decreases.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (55% Merino/33% Microfiber/12% Cashmere; 120 yds/110 m; 50g/1.76 oz); 1 skein

Needles & Notions:

  • US2 dpns, set of 5
  • US5 dpns, set of 5
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Gauge: 5 stitches and 10 rounds to 1 inch in stockinette in the round on US5 needles, unblocked

Finished size: approx. 14” diameter, 5.25” length; fits newborn – 6 mos.

Stitches & abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
k2tog (decrease): knit two stitches together
KRL (increase)*: with right needle, pick up the loop directly
under the next stitch and place it on the left needle. Knit
this stitch and continue.
eor: end of round

* check out this URL for a demonstration of this increase: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/very‐nearlyinvisible‐increase.html

Begin Pattern:
Using the long‐tail cast‐on method, cast on 96 stitches.

Divide evenly (24 sts) between four needles and join for working in the round. If you wish, place marker to indicate end of round (eor).

Make ruffle:
Round 1 knit.
Round 2 *k4, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 80 sts.
Round 3 knit.
Round 4 *k8, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 72 sts.

Make hat band:
Switch to US2 needles.
Round 1 knit.
Rounds 2-6 *k2, p2. Repeat from * to eor.

Make hat body:
Switch to US5 needles.
Round 1 knit.
Round 2 *k8, KRL, k1. Repeat from * to eor. 80 sts.
Rounds 3- 9 knit.
Round 10 *k9, KRL, k1. Repeat from * to eor. 88 sts.
Rounds 11-14 knit.
Round 15 *k10, KRL, k1. Repeat from * to eor. 96 sts.
Rounds 16-18 knit.
Round 19 *k11, KRL, k1. Repeat from * to eor. 104 sts.
Rounds 20-22 knit.
Round 23 *k11, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 96 sts.
Rounds 24-25 knit.
Round 26 *k10, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 88 sts.
Rounds 27-28 knit
Round 29 *k9, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 80 sts.
Round 30 knit.
Round 31 *k8, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 72 sts.
Round 32 knit.
Round 33 *k7, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 64 sts.
Round 34 *k6, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 56 sts.
Round 35 *k5, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 48 sts.
Round 36 *k4, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 40 sts.
Round 37 *k3, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 32 sts.
Round 38 *k2, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 24 sts.
Round 39 *k1, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 16 sts.
Round 40 *k2tog, k2tog. Repeat from * to eor. 8 sts.
Round 41 Repeat round 40. 4 sts.

With tapestry needle, draw working yarn through these six stitches, pull tight and weave in ends. Block if you wish.

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