I just made this sweet crochet baby bonnet - the little flap is so that babies in hospital can be scanned easily. I believe these are also known as ventilation bonnets.
The instructions were given to me - but sadly I am not really sure who wrote the pattern - and I really want to share a link so that some of you might make some too.............
So can you help ? Do you know if this pattern belongs to a designer / or a charity group ? I tried to find the source on google and pinterest without any luck. Please leave me a comment if you can help.
This pattern was written by a talented crafter called Vanessa Heywood.
Happily, she has given me permission to share it with you. Thank you Vanessa.
Crochet flap bonnet (Vanessa Heywood)
Use 4mm with DK or 3.5mm with 4ply
Chain 4, join to form ring
1-Chain 3 (counts as 1st stitch on all rows) and 11 trebles into ring, join to top of ch3 (12 sts)
2-Chain 3, treble into same place, work 2 trebles in each stitch, join to top of ch3 (24 sts)
3-Chain 3, 2 trebles into next st (1 treble, 2 trebles into next sts) repeat around, join to top of ch3 (36 sts)
4-Chain 3, 1 treble, 2 trebles into next st (treble in next 2 sts then 2 trebles into next sts) repeat to last 3 sts (44 sts). Leave last 3 sts un-worked and turn. (this is the ‘back’ of the bonnet finished, now we will work the ‘sides’)
5-6-Work 2 more rows of trebles on these 44 sts
Chain 3, treble next 16 sts, TURN
Work 2 more rows trebles on these 17 sts, then fasten off
With the piece you have just worked on the right and the tail at the top, join yarn to next un-worked stitch from row 6 (now we will work the ‘flap’)
Chain 3, treble into same st, treble in next 8 sts, 2 trebles into next st (12 sts) TURN
Work 2 more rows trebles on these 12 sts, then fasten off (we do not need to work a button hole, the button simply pokes between the sts)
With the piece you have just worked on the right and the tail at the top, join yarn to next un-worked stitch from row 6 (now we will work the other ‘side’)
Chain 3, treble to end, TURN
Work 2 more rows trebles on these 17 sts, TURN
Now we join the 2 side pieces together and work the border
Chain 1 (does not count as 1st st), double crochet (DC) into same st, DC across (17 sts), chain 10, then DC across the sts from the other ‘side’ piece (NOT the flap) (34 sts plus 10 chain) TURN
Chain 1, DC into same st and next st, (chain 1 , miss 1 st, DC into next 2 sts) repeat to end TURN
Work 1 row of trebles, then work a row of DC around the whole piece (2 DC into sides of trebles and 1 DC into sides of DCs) fasten off
Sew in ends, sew ribbons onto corners of bonnet for fastening and a button onto top/middle of border below where the flap ends.
Please check with your local NICU that they are able to use this before making,
as not all places are able to.