UPDATE: I have re-written this pattern to improve sizing and fit and to include sizes newborn through adult large. I have deleted the pattern here. PLEASE see THIS post for the new and improved FREE pattern.
P.S. The photo tutorial (not including the pattern), yarn details, and outfit details are still listed and linked below.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but blurt out an audible “awww” at a bonnet. They’re almost up there with kitties and puppies for me. They’re just so cute!
So, really it was only a matter of time before I’d make a crocheted bonnet pattern.
This time, I wanted to design something that would work for babies through younger kids, so I’ve included three sizes: Baby, Toddler, and Child.
It’s a great pattern for adventurous beginners. It works in the round mainly with just half double crochet stitches. For the brim there are some slightly more difficult front post and back post double crochet stitches. But, if you can double crochet with confidence, working in front and back posts is not that much harder.
Let’s get started! — GO HERE FOR THE UPDATED PATTERN—
I recommend choosing a softer yarn, but any worsted weight yarn will do. I used Red Heart Soft in Toast for the child size, Lion Brand Vanna White’s collection in Silver Heather for the toddler size, and LionBrand Heartland in Joshua Tree for the baby size.
1. We’ll be working the hat in the round, so we’ll begin with a magic ring. Wrap the yarn loosely around two fingers, leaving an 8 inch tail, and start your first chain into the ring. Chain 2.
2. Work hdc stitches around the ring, according to the pattern. Pull the tail to tighten the ring.
3. Slip stitch the last hdc to the top of the Ch 2 you worked in step 1.
4. Ch 2 again to start the next row.
5. Now, we’re going to increase the rows by working two hdc into one hdc from the previous row. This will help the circle to keep getting larger and will keep the circle lay flat. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 2.
6. For the next row(s) you will alternate between working single stitches to two in the same stitch. Consult the pattern.
7. Once you complete the increasing rows that determine the size of the hat, you will simply work one stitch in each stitch from the previous row. This will cause the the sides of the circle to curl up and form the hat.
8. For your last row before you add the brim, work a row of dc stitches.
BRIM + TIES
1. Ch 2 and work fpdc and bpdc according to the pattern. Scroll down for more up close pictures of this. I also use these stitches in some of my other patterns. This beanie includes a video (fast forward to the end) and this one has more pictures (and is very similar to this pattern).
2. You will only work fpdc and bpdc about 3/4 of the way around the hat. You’ll stop, turn your work, and work the rest of the brim in rows instead of rounds.
3. Once your brim is complete, tie off the end, cut a 10 inch tail, and weave it into the hat with a yarn needle.
4. Cut three strands of yarn about 1 yard long, for each tie.
5. Hook the strands into the bottom corner of the brim. Fold the strands in half, so that you have six strands.
6. Using two strands together for each section, braid the yarn. Knot it at the end. Alternatively, you can use a longer strand of yarn and chain your ties. It produces a less of a tassel at the end, but it’s much faster.
FPDC + BPDC
When working a front post double crochet (FPDC) you work under the posts of the stitches, instead of in the top two loops. Yarn over, insert your hook under the post of the next stitch (which pushes the post to the front), and complete the double crochet stitch.
To work a back post double crochet (BPDC) stitch, insert your hook from the back and over the post. Yarn over, weave the hook in from the back of the row, over the post (so the post gets pushed to the back) and then out through the back of the row again. Complete your double crochet stitch.
This one is a little harder to do, because working from the back is more awkward. The more rows you work, the more pronounced the posts will become, and the easier it will get.
You can stop here, or you can add some flair…
For max cuteness, I always recommend a pom. 😉
To attach your pom, pull the tails through the top of the hat with your crochet hook. I like to pull each tail through a different hole, and then tie the tails together. Then weave the tails into the hat to secure it further.
By the way…if you sew, I made this dress using Made By Rae’s Geranium XP dress pattern. It’s a great basic dress pattern for girls, which I use all the time! I recently posted about another green gingham version that also contains links to even more versions. To say I love this pattern, is an understatement. 😉
I chose this purple linen fabric from Jo-Ann as a nod to the 2018 Pantone color of the year. I love that it’s a more muted, earthy plum color. As linen does, it tends to wrinkle. For some reason I kind of like the casual, play clothes texture and feel it adds to this dress.