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8 Delightful, Charming, and Free Bonnet Knitting Patterns

The perfect bonnet will make any baby–and many grown-ups!–look ever-so-stylish

Are you searching for a charming gift for a very special baby?

Do you have an unconventional friend or relative who isn’t afraid to wear something a little retro on their head?

If the answer to either of these two questions is “yes!”, might I suggest you consider a bonnet knitting pattern? 🤔

Now, before you protest “but bonnets are so old-fashioned,” consider this:

They are really…

knitted bonnet

really…

knitted bonnet

CUTE. 😍

Babies, of course, look sweet in almost anything, but there really is something special about seeing a baby wearing a bonnet, isn’t there? Just adds a touch of whimsy to that already adorable face.

As for an adult wearing a bonnet, well… there’s something special about that, too. It requires a certain confidence, a certain panache, that says “yeah, I’m wearing a bonnet. And I look darned adorable, too, don’t I?”

(In fact, I kind of want to knit a bonnet for myself now.)

So whether you want to give a charming gift to a new baby in your life, a fun-loving gift to an equally fun-loving friend or relative, or are suddenly full of a desire to wear a bonnet (like me 😆), I think you’ll find just the right pattern in this collection!

Sweet Bonnets for Babies

Bearly Bonnet and Big Bearly Bonnet

  • What you need to make it:
    • For Bearly: 109 to 175 yards fingering weight yarn (depending on the size you choose); US Size 2.5 and 1.5 circular needles and/or DPNs, depending on how you prefer to knit in the round
    • For Big Bearly: 273 to 547 yards each of fingering and DK-weight yarn; US Size 6 and 7 circular needles and/or DPNs, depending on how you prefer knitting in the round
  • Why you’ll want to: These darling bonnets have the extra-adorable touch of a pair of bear ears atop the head. Bearly is a lovely choice for spring and summer, while Big Bearly is wonderful if you want to knit a bonnet quickly!
My Little Mushroom - Yarnspirations
My Little Mushroom Bonnet
Photo: Yarnspirations

My Little Mushroom Bonnet

  • What you’ll need to make it: 254 yards DK-weight yarn; US Size 6 needles; embroidery supplies including 4 colors embroidery floss (red, pink, creamy yellow, green), embroidery needle, sticky-back water-soluble fabric stabilizer (all embroidery supplies optional)
  • Why you’ll want to: You can create this bonnet as a very basic, super-simple garter stitch project for baby. Or… you can try your hand at embroidery! Yarnspirations provides some basic embroidery diagrams to help get you started.

Super-Quick Baby Bonnet

  • What you’ll need to make it: 262 yards worsted weight yarn; US Size 5 and 8 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: This is a simple, sweet, fast-knitting bonnet, perfect for a last-minute gift. Don’t let the lace chart intimidate you! The amount of lace is very small, and you’ll find written directions as well. (Try using them in conjunction with one another to get the hang of knitting from a chart!)
Vintage Modern Baby Bonnet - Windansea on Ravelry
Vintage-Style Modern Baby Bonnet
Photo: Windansea on Ravelry

Vintage-Style Modern Baby Bonnet

  • What you’ll need to make it: 127 yards DK-weight yarn; US Size 6 needles; button (optional)
  • Why you’ll want to: This is bonnet is lovely and so sweet. Moss stitch throughout gives it a delightful texture, and the ribbed edge helps keep the bonnet secure. You’ll see directions for creating a band with a buttonhole, but you could instead create ties instead (many who have knitted this pattern have done so).

For Adults Who Just Wanna Have Bonnet Fun

Pauline

  • What you’ll need to make it: 150 to 216 yards worsted weight yarn; US Size 7 needles, US Size 10 and 4 DPNs; 2 stitch markers
  • Why you’ll want to: My favorite thing about this simple bonnet design is its big, beautiful flower applique! You could, of course, leave it off if you’d rather maintain its plain design.

Wolfbait Hat

  • What you’ll need to make it: 90 yards super bulky-weight yarn; US Size 13 needles; ribbon (optional)
  • Why you’ll want to: First, let’s talk about the name. The pattern was designed to be used with red yarn and meant to invoke Little Red Riding Hood. Thus, “Wolfbait.” (Get it?) You’ll love how quickly this lovely bonnet knits up with super-bulky yarn. The pattern is chock-full of pretty eyelets, and you have the option of finishing it with a bunch of long, beautiful ribbon to braid for ties.

Easy Cat Hat

  • What you’ll need to make it: 109 to 219 yards worsted weight yarn (with a small amount for a contrasting color, if you wish); US Size 8 needles; fiberfill stuffing (optional)
  • Why you’ll want to: It’s a bonnet with cat ears. Why wouldn’t you want to? It’s utterly adorable and super-easy.

Whether you’re knitting for an adult or a little one, any of these knitted bonnet patterns are bound to tickle your fancy–and theirs!

Free bonnet knitting patterns

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