This cute little bonnet uses simple granny squares sewn together to form its shape. A basic shell stitch border is worked around the circumference followed by chain stitch ties and viola! A baby bonnet is born. A tutorial on assembling the bonnet is provided as a visual aid to the finishing instructions.
1 skein Naturally Caron, Country [75% microdenier acrylic/25% merino wool; 185 yards; 85 grams], Color #0003, “Soft Sunshine”
When making yarn substitutions look for 27 to 35 grams of a worsted weight yarn. Any fiber content will work for this project.
US H (5.00mm) hook
Adjust hook size as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
8 sc = 2”
To Fit Sizes:
Newborn (6–12 months)
Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
* = a repeat in the pattern
[ ] = repeat instructions in brackets as many times as specified in pattern
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
Granny squares for both sizes begin in the same manner. The smaller size will stop after Rnd 3 of the granny square. The larger size continues for an extra round. For both sizes you will need to make a total of 4 squares.
Pattern edging is written for smallest size with changes for larger size in parenthesis. When only one number appears it applies to both sizes.
Granny Squares (make 4)
Ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to join rnd.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc, *ch 1, 3 dc; rep from * twice more, ch 1, sl st to top of beg ch, sl st in top of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp -- 12 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp; rep from * twice more, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch ch, sl st in top of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp -- 24 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same space, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st to top of beg ch -- 36 dc.
Size Newborn Only:
Fasten off sts and weave in ends.
Make a total of 4 granny squares following rnds 1 to 3 of the pattern.
Size 6–12 Months Only:
Rnd 4: Sl st in top of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, *[ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp] twice, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, [ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp] twice, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 3 -- 48 dc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Make a total of 4 granny squares following rnds 1 to 4 of the pattern.
Assembling Granny Squares
You should now have 4 completed granny squares in your desired size.
Arrange 3 granny squares so that they are laying side by side in a horizontal line. Sew the edges of these 3 squares together.
Place the 4th square directly above the center square and sew one edge together. (Refer to photo 1 of the tutorial for a visual.)
Fold one of the outside squares toward the center so its top edge meets the side edge of the 4th square you placed. Repeat for the other side. (Refer to photo 2 of the tutorial.)
Weave in all ends and proceed to the bonnet edging instructions.
Baby Bonnet Edging
Attach yarn to one corner of bonnet. (Refer to photo 3 of the tutorial.)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 27 (37) sc evenly spaced across one long edge (the length of 3 squares), 2 sc in corner, 27 (37) sc evenly spaced along next long edge, 1 sc in corner (same sp as you attached yarn), sl st to beginning ch -- 58 (78) sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same sp, sk next 1 (2) sc, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next st, *sk next 3 sc, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next st; rep from * 6 (8) times more, sk next 1 (2) sc, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, 3 dc in next st, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 23 (33) sts, sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, sl st in top of beg ch, turn -- 77 (99) dc.
Last Row: Ch 1, sc in each dc across to next corner, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 45 to form tie.
Fasten off yarn.
Attach yarn to opposite corner (refer to photo 4 of the tutorial) and ch 45 for second tie.
Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.
Check out the tutorial on assembling this project for step by step photos.