Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wave of Light Baby Bonnet

A friend recently asked me to make a little bonnet for her soon to be born granddaughter ! 
She had discussed it with her daughter - and the brief was that the bonnet should be pretty and lacy - but with NO ruffles or frills. 
She asked for ribbon ties - but more of that later !! 

So, last night I knitted this for her - I hope she likes it.

Wave of Light Baby Bonnet

I persuaded my friend that ribbon ties might look pretty at first but that they wouldn't stay that way ....... and that a crochet chain was more practical and probably safer too. 

I also had a little go at making this bonnet with a little chin strap ~ 

I personally think both options look sweet - hope you do too! 

Wave of Light Baby Bonnet                        Newborn

DK yarn ~ around 16 – 18g
4mm needles
A small button if desired

Cast on 58sts
1st Row         S1, knit to end
Repeat this row 6 times more
8th Row         S1, k11, * kfb, k7, repeat from * to last 6sts, k6                  (63sts)         
9th Row         S1, knit to end
10th Row       S1, k3, purl to last 4sts, k4                                 
11th Row:      S1, k3, *k2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4
12th Row:     S1, k3, purl to last 4sts, k4                                 

Repeat last 4 rows four times more       
29th Row:     S1, knit to end
Repeat last row 6 times more
36th Row       K2tog, k2, purl to last 4sts, k2, k2tog                                   (61sts)

Shape Top ~ 
37th Row:     k2tog, k3, * k2tog, k4, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2tog          (50sts)
38th Row       S1, purl to last st, k1

th Row:      k3, k2tog, * k3, k2tog, rep from * to end                            (40sts)
40th Row       S1, purl to last st, k1

41st Row:     * k2, k2tog, rep from * to end                                              (30sts)
42nd Row       S1, purl to last st, k1

43rd Row:      * k1, k2tog, rep from * to end                                            (20sts)
44th Row       S1, purl to last st, k1

45th Row:     * k2tog, rep from * to end                                                   (10sts)
46th Row      s1, p2tog across row to last st, k1                                         (6sts)

Cut the yarn (leaving a ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly.  Fasten off
Sew seam for 2” (5cm), leaving the bottom 3” (8cm) open

Add a crochet chain at both of the lower edges to make ties

Add a chin strap if you prefer

To make a chin strap ~
Pick up and knit 5 stitches at one of the lower corners
Work in garter stitch (knit every row) until the strap measures 3” (8cm)
Buttonhole Row:     K2, cast off one stitch, k1
Next Row:              K1, kfb, k2
Knit 3 rows
Cast off
Add a button to the other lower edge

Darn away ends

Previously I made a baby beanie hat version of this design.
It was a Friday Night Mystery Knit - and lots of knitters enjoyed making it 😄

 I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.  
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.    

However, please do not copy my patterns

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This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
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  1. Beautiful bonnets.I wish I had your brains as I have always knitted with patterns xx

  2. Thank you once more, dear Marianna. I have been looking for a good baby hat or bonnet with a chin strap, which is probably safer than the alternatives.

    The yarn you used, that grades so gently, is beautiful, and may not be available here in the U.S.
    May I please ask you what yarn you used? You offer so much, I am reluctant to ask for more:).
    Thank you, again. I enjoy your beautiful, generous patterns. Be well

    1. Hello Vivian. The yarn was Cygnet Kiddies Kaleidoscope DK - shade Dolly Mixture . M xx

  3. the yarn you used for this pattern is beautiful and makes the afghan really outstanding. I would like to find that yarn for a baby afghan that I will be making for my great, great niece or nephew. the colors would look good for either a boy or girl. If you know of any place I can purchase or order the yarn I would appreciate your reply. Thank you for being so talented. God bless

  4. How many stitches do I need for a 3 month size. Thank you