Lace Knit Baby Bonnet – Free pattern

Next up for Hat Week – the Knitted Baby Bonnet, complete with instructions this time! The new design is modified so that the back section fits better – when I made this for my niece I had to gather the bottom back edge so it wouldn’t gape on her neck.

For a printable version of these instructions (no photos) click HERE

Copyright 2012. Feel free to print these instructions for yourself, but please do not redistribute, copy or sell this pattern. Send others here for the instructions. You may sell items made from this pattern.

This is a good list of knitting abbreviations to start with if you’re unfamiliar with the abbreviations below.

Needles: Size 6
Yarn: Paton Silk Bamboo Yarn (affiliate link)
Gauge: 22 sts/26 rows = 4 inches

Picot Edging
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Sl 1, k1, YO twice, K2tog, k1
Row 3: Sl 1, k2, p1, k2
Row 4: Sl 1, k3, YO twice, k2
Row 5: Sl 1, k2, p1, k4
Row 6: Sl 1, K1, YO twice, k2tog, k4
Row 7: Sl 1, k5, p1, k2
Row 8: Sl 1, K8
Row 9: Bind off 4 sts, K4

Repeat rows 2-9 10 more times

Bonnet body
Pick up 63 stitches along the flat side of the picot edging.
Lace pattern

Row 1 [RS]: k3, *ssk, yo, k5, [yo, k1] 5 times, yo, k5, yo, k2tog. Rep twice from star, k3
Row 2 [WS]: k3, p75, k3
Row 3 [RS]: k3, *ssk, yo, ssk, k1, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, [yo, ssk] 2 times, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, Rep twice from *, k3
Row 4 [WS]: k3, p75, k3
Row 5 [RS]: k3, *ssk, yo, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2tog, Rep twice from *, k3
Row 6 [WS]: k3, p75, k3
Row 7 [RS]: k3, *k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, Rep twice from *, k3
Row 8 [WS]: k3, p63, k3
Row 9 [RS]: k4, * k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3, yo, ssk, YO, k2tog, Rep twice from *, k3
Row 10 [WS]: k3, p57, k3
Repeat Rows 1-10 once more.
Row 21: BO 21 sts, K to end of row.
Row 22: BO 21 sts, purl to end of row
Row 23: K2tog, YO, rep to end of row, ending with K1
Row 24 (and all even rows until row 42): P
Row 25: K
Row 27: K1 *K2tog, YO, rep from * to end of row, ending with K2tog
Row 29:K
Row 31: K1 *K2tog, YO, rep from * to end of row, ending with K3tog
Row 33:K
Row 35: K3tog, YO, *K2tog, YO rep from * to end of row, ending with K1
Row 37: K3tog, YO, *K2tog, YO, rep from * to end of row, ending with K2tog
Row 39: K2tog, YO, rep to end of row, ending with K3tog
Row 41: K3tog, YO, *K2tog, YO, rep from * to end of row, ending with K2tog
Row 42: K2 tog, rep to end of row, ending with K1
Rows 43-44 – work 2 rows of garter st
Row 45: Bind off all sts
Block your bonnet. Fold so to bring sides A together and B together. Sew these seams. Use the eyelet holes formed in the picot edging to thread a ribbon through (mine was 36″ long). If desired, add 3 rolled ribbon rosettes, such as these, for embellishment.

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  1. Wil van Eijbergen says

    Hello Melissa,
    I want to knit this baby bonnet but i don’t understand the pattern because you used a lot of “codes, like:ssk, ks yo
    Is it possible to explaine these codes fos me ?

    thanx very much , greetings, Wil

  2. Marcia says

    Could you please clarify your instructions about picking up 63 stitches. What do you do with the 5 left on the needle from the picot edge? Can I start picking up from the opposite end to be able to knit the next row? That would be the first pattern row for the hat body.
    I would really appreciate your help.

  3. Noni says

    Hi there! I just finished the picot edge.After I picked up stitches on the flat side, I’ve only come up with 47 stitches. Now I’m confused! Can you offer some suggestions as to where I may have messed up? Sould I have also picked up the vertical edges?

    • says

      You don’t pick up stitch per stitch – you need to measure your trim, then plan how many stitches per inch you’re going to pick up to get the amount you need. Sometimes that will mean picking up two stitches in one. Sometimes that will mean skipping a stitch. It’s helpful to use stitch marker rings on your trim so you know how many stitches you need to pick up between each marker.

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