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Classic Bonnet · Free Crochet Pattern

Hello my fellow crocheters,

I'm excited to share with you my newest free crochet pattern -- the Classic Bonnet!  It's a really quick and easy project that I made for my baby girl, as I have a penchant for fairytale aesthetics and simply adore the look of bonnets.

This Bonnet Design is...

  • Quick to work up
  • Beginner-friendly 
  • One piece (no sewing)
  • Minimalist
  • Vintage
  • Romantic
  • Available in sizes ranging from newborn to adult (in the pattern PDF)
  • Versatile and can be made with different types of yarn weights, fibers, colors, and crochet hook sizes

As you can probably tell from my recent posts, I just love making accessories for my baby girl.  I wanted to create something simple and functional, yet sweet and endearing.  

This can be a matching "Mommy and Me" accessory for those who aren't afraid to wear bonnets!  I personally love keeping my head cozy.  Bonnets seem to maintain their trendy vibes with newborns and babies... if only they were more in-style for adults, too!  

But, I do have to say... I doubt I'd wear it as a well as baby Lena!

The beautiful yarn that I chose to use for this project is Furls Whims Merino Yarn!  It comes in both DK and Worsted, and I went with the worsted weight.  It is sooo heavenly soft to work with and I loved the feel and glide of the yarn, especially when using it with my Furls Odyssey hook.  

It felt like such a luxurious yarn to work with.  I actually used the same yarn for an amigurumi project as well (soon to come -- stay tuned for my Furls Ami CAL this July!) and it was great for not only amis but garments and accessories. As you can see below, the yarn has great stitch definition, which I think is the perfect choice for this bonnet's textured look.

I also have to add -- this bonnet makes a beautiful last-gift for so many occasions!  Baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, holidays...  It’s also suitable as a fast and easy product to stock for craft fairs, or as photo props for newborn or baby photographers.

If you like this design of mine, you can check out my other Free Crochet Patterns

You can also PIN it for later on your Crochet board!

Want the PDF pattern?

If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references, you can get a copy from my Ravelry or Etsy shop.  It includes ALL SIZES (newborn, baby, toddler, child, and adult), not just the free 6-12 month baby size on my blog.  

(Includes all sizes, not just the free 6-12 month baby size on my blog!)


Free Crochet Pattern

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The Classic Bonnet is a sweet vintage style hat that will make your little girl look absolutely precious! It features a lace texture using simple stitches and tying straps that give off both a minimalist and fairytale vibe. The entire bonnet is crocheted in one piece, thus requiring no sewing at all. It is the perfect accessory and fits all head sizes, including: newborn, 6-12 month baby, toddler, child, and adult. A hat sizing and measurements reference chart is also included for custom sizing purposes. Easy to put on and wear, the Classic Bonnet is practical, comfortable, and warm. The traditional look of this bonnet doesn’t go out of fashion and will always trend with the more modern and contemporary pieces. It will make the perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, holidays, craft fairs, and the like!


Newborn, 6-12 month baby, toddler, child, adult
(The 6-12 month baby size is FREE on my blog. For all other sizes, please check out my PDF pattern!)

Level of Difficulty:

★★☆☆☆  Easy / Familiar Beginner
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below).

Stitches/Terms Used:

  • MR: magic ring
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sk: skip
  • Sl st: slip stitch 
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Hdc: half double crochet 
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Inc: increase 


Pattern Notes (Read Before Beginning):

  • The bonnet is worked from back of head (in joined rounds) to body of hat (in rows). 
  • The starting chains do not count as a stitch. 
  • A free printable Hat Sizing/Measurements Chart is available if you'd like to check out average head sizes for different age groups.

Baby Size (6-12 months)

Use medium weight (4) yarn with a 5.5mm crochet hook. 

Note: We will begin working in rounds.  

R1: In a MR: ch 2, insert 10 hdc. *Join with a sl st to the first hdc. (10 hdc)
R2: Ch 2, hdc-inc around. *Join. (20 hdc) 
R3: Ch 2, (hdc, hdc-inc) x 10. *Join. (30 hdc) 
R4: Ch 2, (hdc 2, hdc-inc) x 10. *Join. (40 hdc) 
R5: Ch 2, (hdc 3, hdc-inc) x 10. *Join. (50 hdc) 
R6: Ch 2, (hdc 4, hdc-inc) x 10. *Join. (60 hdc) 

Note: Check gauge at this point. The circle should measure about 5 inches across.  If your circle is larger than the target size, use a smaller hook. If smaller, use a larger hook.  Get as close to indicated measurements as possible.  We will now work in rows (without joining) from here on out. 

R7: Ch 2, hdc 52. Leave the last 8 sts unworked. (52 hdc) 
R8-R17: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in same st, sk next st. (Sc+dc in next st, sk next st) all the way across. Hdc in last st. 

Fasten off.  Continue with the ‘Straps’ instruction below. 

  1. Ch 40, or however long you want your strap to be. 
  2. Attach chain to the corner of the bonnet where you started your last row. Sc along the bottom edge. 
  3. Ch 40 for the second strap. 
  4. Ch 1 more, then turn and sl st across in each of the ch. 
  5. Sc along the bottom edge of the hood, going back towards the first strap. 
  6. Sl st in each of the ch across the first strap. 
  7. Fasten off.

Simply fasten off and weave in all your ends, and you are done with this no-sew bonnet!

Congratulations on finishing the Classic Bonnet! 

If you enjoyed this free project, you can make a donation to support my work.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs! 

Want the PDF pattern?

If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references, you can get a copy from my Ravelry or Etsy shop.  It includes ALL SIZES (newborn, baby, toddler, child, and adult), not just the free 6-12 month baby size on my blog.  

(Includes all sizes, not just the free 6-12 month baby size on my blog!)

If you enjoyed this project, you might like my other designs!  Simply click on the image below for the pattern, check out my Clothing & Accessories pattern page, or browse my entire free pattern collection.


If you made this project and would like to share photos, I'd absolutely love to see!  Here are links for sharing your finished creation: 

As always, you are more than welcome to SHARE this post with any fellow crocheters who'd like to try this pattern!  Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a wonderful day!

Best wishes,

P.S. I'm low-key obsessed with the photos I snapped of my daughter wearing her bonnet, so I'm going to add them down here!  I seriously love this #bonnetlife look!!