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Sunny Days Bonnet

The Sunny Days Bonnet was born out of necessity. Necessity breeds invention, right?? We had a winter that would not end – and then suddenly, summer was upon us. We completely skipped over spring! And guess what? Miss. E had grown out of all her summer hats from last year. Not being able to shop due to stay home order and with the shipping delay nightmares we are experiencing… Mama needed to get creative.

Fold the wide brim back or have it out to shade their eyes from the sun.

This cute summer bonnet is a timeless, heirloom quality design that features gorgeous texture. It’s sure to be a staple in your little ones outdoor wardrobe. Miss. E uses hers every time we go out lately! It works up fairly quickly, making it the perfect last minute baby gift or fast project for your little one. I was able to whip up the 12-24 month size in under 1 1/2 hours!

Cotton is a perfect yarn for spring/summer garments. It’s lightweight yet sturdy, and holds up well to washing. I used on Caron Cotton Cakes but you can use any worsted weight cotton that you have available. Whatever yarn you choose, make sure that it’s soft for baby’s delicate skin!

This bonnet has 5 great features:

  1. It’s made from cotton, so it’s lightweight for spring and summer.
  2. A wide fold-out brim to shade the sun from little eyes.
  3. Bonnet style hat blocks wind from little ears.
  4. Tie straps keep it on.
  5. It’s washable. Very important. Kids are real messy.

Lets begin!

Pattern Difficulty: Beginner +

Finished Sizes: 0-6 Months / 6-12 Months / 12-24 Months

Yarn: Caron Cotton Cakes or any worsted weight cotton yarn (4)

You will also need: Stich markers (2) , scissors, and a tapestry needle.

Hook Size: 4.5mm (G+)

Gauge:

16.5 stitches x 12 rows = 4″ square
Pattern used for gauge:
Alternate rows HDC & HDCBLO

Stitch Abbreviations (US Standard):

  • CH: chain
  • ST: stitch
  • SLST: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • SCBLO: single crochet back loop only
  • HDC: half double crochet
  • HDCBLO: half double crochet back loop only
  • DC: double crochet
  • DEC: decrease

Notes:

  • When working in the round: SLST to 1st ST of round to join.
  • Beginning chains are NOT counted as ST
  • If you are a beginner crocheter – I recommend putting a ST marker in the 1st ST of each Round/Row. This will help you keep your stitch count even.

Special Stitch Instructions – Less bulky HDC/HDCBLO Decrease

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into first stitch and pull up a loop.
  2. **without yarning over** Insert hook into next stitch and pull up and loop.
  3. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Special Stitch Instructions – Loosely SLST

  1. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over.
  2. Pull up loop to match the height of loop on hook, then slip through.

Sunny Days Bonnet Pattern

We will begin with the back of the bonnet – each size is separated for this part of the pattern. Scroll until you find the size you’re looking for. When you have completed, then continue on to the bonnet & brim section.

0-6 Months

Rnd 1: Magic ring/circle. CH2, 12DC into ring. (12)

Rnd 2: CH2, 2DC in each DC . (24)

Rnd 3: CH2, *1DC in 1st ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat from *. (36)

Rnd 4: CH2, *1DC in next 2 ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat. (48)

Rnd 5: CH2, *1DC in  next 7 ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat.(54)

Rnd 6: CH2, 1DC in each ST. Tie off.

6-12 Months

Rnd 1: Magic ring/circle. CH2, 12DC into ring. (12)

Rnd 2: CH2, 2DC in each DC . (24)

Rnd 3: CH2, *1DC in 1st ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat from *. (36)

Rnd 4: CH2, *1DC in next 2 ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat. (48)

Rnd 5: CH2, *1DC in next 3ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat.(60) Tie off.

12-24 Months

Rnd 1: Magic ring/circle. CH2, 12DC into ring. (12)

Rnd 2: CH2, 2DC in each DC . (24)

Rnd 3: CH2, *1DC in 1st ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat from * (36)

Rnd 4: CH2, *1DC in next 2 ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat. (48)

Rnd 5: CH2, *1DC in next 3 ST, 2DC in next ST*. Repeat. (60)

Rnd 6: CH2, 1DC in each ST. Tie off.

Bonnet – all sizes

Row 1: SK 2 STS, join yarn in next ST with SLST to BLO. CH1, HDCBLO in same ST, HDCBLO in next 49, (55), (55) STS. Turn. (50HDC),(56HDC), (56HDC). *4 unworked STS.*

Row 2: CH1, HDC in 1st ST, HDC in each ST. Turn. (50),(56), (56)

Row 3: CH1, HDCBLO in 1st ST, HDCBLO in each ST. Turn. (50), (56), (56)

Row 4: CH1, HDC 1st ST, HDC in each ST. Turn. (50), (56), (56)

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 10 rows (12rows), (14 rows). Tie off. **Place ST marker in first and last ST. This will mark the tie strap position.**

Brim – all sizes

Row 1: SK 5 STS, join yarn in next ST with SLST to BLO. CH1, HDCBLO

in same ST, HDCBLO in next 38, (45), (45) STS. Turn.

(40HDC),(46HDC), (46HDC). *5 unworked STS on each end.*

Row 2: CH1, HDC decrease in 1st 2STS, HDC in each ST until you

have 2STS remaining, HDC decrease in last 2STS. Turn. (38), (44), (44)

**see stitch tutorial for less bulky decrease.**

Row 3: CH1, HDCBLO decrease in 1st 2STS, HDCBLO in each ST until you

have 2STS remaining, HDCBLO decrease in last 2STS. Turn. (36), (42), (42)

Row 4: CH1, HDC decrease in 1st 2STS, HDC in each ST until you

have 2STS remaining, HDC decrease in last 2STS. Turn. (34), (40), (40)

Row 5: **(0-6 only)** CH1, SCBLO in 1st ST, SCBLO in each ST. (34)

Do not tie off. Continue on to edge and tie straps.

Row 5: CH1, HDCBLO decrease in 1st 2STS, HDCBLO in each ST until you

have 2STS remaining, HDCBLO decrease in last 2STS. (38), (38)

Do not tie off. Continue on to edge and tie straps.

Edge & Tie Straps

CH1, 1/4 turn your work so you are working down side of brim.

SC evenly down to last row before brim.

SCBLO in next 5 ST – your last ST will be in marked ST.

Tie Strap #1: CH45,(55),(55), loosely SLST in 2nd CH from hook, loosely SLST

in each CH, SC in same ST as 1st(marked).

SC evenly along HDC edge.

SCBLO in 4 unworked DC STS along bonnet bottom.

SC evenly along next HDC edge to marked ST.

SCBLO next 4 ST to brim.

SC along brim edge, SLST to CH1 from beginning of row.

Loosley SLST in each ST across brim of hat.

* This will help make the brim a little more sturdy**

SLST to CH1 made at beginning.

Tie off. Weave ends.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern! Please tag me on FB or IG @jadedcraftscreations so I can see all your adorable bonnets. It makes my designer heart happy!

Happy stitching,

Jade

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