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Autumn Spice Bonnet · Free Crochet Pattern

Autumn is a wonderful season.

fall-colors-admiring Autumn!

I recently crocheted a bonnet for my friend's baby to keep her head warm during these chillier months.  It was a quick project and I thought I'd share it on my blog for those of you who are interested in making one too! 

My daughter, Lena Rose, modeled it for me before I sent it over to my friend! 

It looks similar to my Rose Bonnet pattern, which I crocheted using lighter weight (#3) yarn and a smaller hook.  I also designed the Autumn Spice Bonnet to be crocheted in one, complete piece and fastened off only at the very end, as opposed to fastening off and attaching yarn for the straps. 

Here's the Rose Bonnet on a much younger Lena Rose... (I think she was 8 months old here!)

And here's the Autumn Spice Bonnet on a 15-month-old Lena Rose! 

She's still got the cheeks!

Anyhow, some of the design features I love about the Autumn Spice Bonnet is that it's...

  • Quick to work up
  • Beginner-friendly 
  • One piece (no sewing)
  • Minimalist
  • Vintage
  • Romantic

However, I do have to add - as lovely as this sweet bonnet is, it's not enough for Lena to keep it on her head!  She's been on a headwear strike lately, not keeping any hat, headband, or bow on her head for more than a few minutes at a time... 😅

Moving on!

The yarn that I used for this project is the beautiful, Lion Brand Heartland in the color "Bryce Canyon".  It's a medium-weight (#4) yarn that has a heathered, tweedy look.  This shade is just perfect for the Fall season.

Look at the gorgeous stitch definition, too!

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

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Want a similar bonnet available in all sizes?

Check out the Rose Bonnet pattern (size 6-12 months is free on my blog).  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.


Free Crochet Pattern

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The Autumn Spice 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 that fits a 12-24 month old baby or toddler, though it can be easily customized to fit a different head size.  Easy to put on and wear, the Autumn Spice 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!


Fits a 12-24 month child

If you want to make a similar bonnet in more sizes, check out the Rose Bonnet pattern: size 6-12 months is free on my blog, and all other sizes from newborn to adult are available in my Ravelry or Etsy shop. Or, check out the Hat Sizing Chart (free printable).

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):

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

Let's begin!

Note: We will begin working in rounds.  

R1: In a MR: ch 2, insert 12 dc. *Join with a sl st to the first dc. (12 dc)
R2: Ch 2, dc-inc around. *Join. (24 dc) 
R3: Ch 2, (dc, dc-inc) x 12. *Join. (36 dc) 
R4: Ch 2, (dc 2, dc-inc) x 12. *Join. (48 dc) 
R5: Ch 2, (dc 3, dc-inc) x 12. *Join. (60 dc)

Note: Check gauge at this point. The circle should measure about 6 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. 

R6: Ch 2, dc 54. Leave the last 6 sts unworked. (54 dc) 
R7-R16: 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. 

Without fastening off, continue with the straps.

  1. Ch 40, or however long you want your strap to be. 
  2. Turn, and sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st across.
  3. Once you return back to the bonnet, sc along the bottom edge until you reach the other side. 
  4. Ch 40.
  5. Turn, and sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st across.
  6. FO with a tail and weave it into the bonnet. 

Congratulations on finishing the Autumn Spice 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 a similar bonnet available in all sizes?

Check out the Rose Bonnet pattern (size 6-12 months is free on my blog).  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.

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.


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Best wishes,