Baby Bear Knit Bonnet Pattern (Garter Stitch)

Early summer sometimes may surprise you with a strong and chilly breeze. Don't let it make you upset and keep from having a walk with your little baby. Knit this nice bear-looking baby bonnet and have it in your nappy bag just in case. I've used it myself a couple of times and the baby seems to wear it without giving a soother or extra lulling. Give it a try and stay tuned for another baby knit project coming soon.

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Knitting needles in size US 6/ UK 8 (4 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm);

<> Alize baby wool – 40% wool, 40% acrylic, 20% bamboo. Yellow color: 50 grams = 175 m. (192 yds.) - 1 ball in total.

<> Stitch markers.

Baby bear knit bonnet size:

Age: newborn-3 months.

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

Note for knitters:

Knit with two strands of yarn at once

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

pm – place marker

p2tog –purl two together

k2tog – knit two together

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch.

Ribbing of the baby knit bonnet:

Using smaller knitting needles cast on 58 stitches.

Row 1-7: sel s, [k1, p1] - repeat till the end of the row, sel s, turn. (about 2.5 cm/1 inch)

Change to large needles. Work in garter stitch until piece measures 10 cm.

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This measurement is approximate for the baby 0-3 months old. If you want to be precise measure your baby’s head from the forehead till the crown. In my case I got 13 cm for my 2 months daughter.

You create garter stitch by knitting every row.

Shaping the crown of the baby knit bonnet:

Count 19 stitches from both sides and place markers. I am using the same method as for the sock’s heel. It means we are going to cast off side stitches.

Row 1: sel s, k37, k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 2: sel s, k18, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 3: sel s, k2tog (knit through the back loop), k14, k2tog (knit through the front loop), k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 4: sel s, k16, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 5: sel s, k16, k2tog, turn.

Row 6: sel s, k16, p2tog, turn.

Row 7: sel s, k16, k2tog, turn.

Row 8: sel s, k16, p2tog, turn.

Row 9: sel s, k16, k2tog, turn.

Row 10: sel s, k16, p2tog, turn.

Row 11: sel s, k2tog (knit through the back loop), k12, k2tog (knit through the front loop), k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 12: sel s, k14, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 13: sel s, k14, k2tog, turn.

Row 14: sel s, k14, p2tog, turn.

Row 15: sel s, k14, k2tog, turn.

Row 16: sel s, k14, p2tog, turn.

Row 17: sel s, k14, k2tog, turn.

Row 18: sel s, k14, p2tog, turn.

Row 19: sel s, k2tog (knit through the back loop), k10, k2tog (knit through the front loop), k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 20: sel s, k12, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 21: sel s, k12, k2tog, turn.

Row 22: sel s, k12, p2tog, turn.

Row 23: sel s, k12, k2tog, turn.

Row 24: sel s, k12, p2tog, turn.

Row 25: sel s, k12, k2tog, turn.

Row 26: sel s, k12, p2tog, turn.

Row 27: sel s, k2tog (knit through the back loop), k10, k2tog (knit through the front loop), k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 28: sel s, k10, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 29: sel s, k10, k2tog, turn.

Row 30: sel s, k10, p2tog, turn.

Row 31: sel s, k10, k2tog, turn.

Row 32: sel s, k10, p2tog, turn.

Row 33: sel s, k10, k2tog, turn.

Row 34: sel s, k10, p2tog, turn.

Row 35: sel s, k2tog (knit through the back loop), k8, k2tog (knit through the front loop), k2tog (knit through the back loop), turn.

Row 36: sel s, k8, p2tog (purl through the front loop), turn.

Row 37: sel s, k8, k2tog, turn.

Row 38: sel s, k8, p2tog, turn.

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Now you have 10 stitches on the needles. Pick up stitches along the one edge, turn and rib k1, p1 till the starting point. Pick up stitches from the other side, turn and rib till the end.

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Pay attention that all seams have to be on the right side of the hat.

Rip k1, p1 until the back ribbing part will be longer the front one that will keep warm your baby’s neck.

Add ties to the baby knit bonnet

Using double pointed knitting needles pick up 4 or 5 stitches and knit an i-cord  until tie reaches 20 cm (8 inches). Weave in ends.

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How to knit bear’s ears for the baby bonnet (optionally)

Cast on 11 stitches and knit all rows until work looks as a square. Using crochet hook pull yarn through the all stitches from both sides and tighten. Fold piece in the middles and shape bear’s ear. Make two. Find suitable place and sew it to the hat.

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Let me know if you find any mistakes and please leave your comments and questions I will be happy to answer them.

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