Lacy Baby Bonnet

After deciding to keep the blanket, I figured I had to knit something else for the baby shower. So I picked the Lacy Bonnet project from the “Knitting for Two” book and knit it up in one evening:

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Knit in one piece! Block me! Block me!
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For a little tiny head!

The pattern calls for Rowan Wool Cotton — a nice DK weight yarn, super soft and pretty. But you know the Murphy’s Law of yarn buying: you can never find the yarn that you are looking for, and if you do happen to find it, it’s always the wrong colour. So yes, apparently in all of the Lower Mainland, there are six balls of Rowan Wool Cotton and they are all pink. Instead, I used a single ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a buttery yellow. It’s a little thicker than Wool Cotton, but it makes for a less flimsy bonnet, I think.

Now I’m wondering, should I add the big satin bow that the pattern specifies? Or maybe just go with an i-cord? The i-cord is likely more practical, eh? Here’s the original photo from Erika Knight’s book:

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Now! To make matching booties…

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  • Li

    Beautiful as is! No ribbon – it makes the baby look a little creepy for some reason in that picture. Love your site!

  • dayment

    It’s so hard to decide if you don’t know the gender! I like the bow but not so big, but if it’s gonna be a girl I think a crochet flower would be awesome too (using a bit of the yarn to match the hat, plus some other colors). An I-cord would be good if it’s a boy. Maybe you can include a “coupon” when you give it at the shower that says “gender specific embellishment forthcoming!”

  • http://www.samlatricoteuse.canalblog.com SamLaTricoteuse

    Hi-this is a very nice bonnet. I have bought some Rowan Calmer to do something similar to a bonnet – but as the baby is not born yet (actually not even conceived) i figured i should as well plan a unisex bonnet !! If you happen to find one in this book – please let me know !

  • http://www.samlatricoteuse.canalblog.com SamLaTricoteuse

    Hi-this is a very nice bonnet. I have bought some Rowan Calmer to do something similar to a bonnet – but as the baby is not born yet (actually not even conceived) i figured i should as well plan a unisex bonnet !! If you happen to find one in this book – please let me know !

  • http://zeneedle.typepad.com margene

    Very, very, very cute! Great job…can’t wait to see the booties.

  • http://zeneedle.typepad.com margene

    Very, very, very cute! Great job…can’t wait to see the booties.

  • Maud

    Beautiful! I would skip the bow. An i-cord or a cotton ribbon, used only to secure the cap on the head of the baby would be far more practical, and look much better, in my opinion.

  • Maud

    Beautiful! I would skip the bow. An i-cord or a cotton ribbon, used only to secure the cap on the head of the baby would be far more practical, and look much better, in my opinion.

  • http://www.dirtypurls.blogspot.com Tara

    That hat is just too cute! Makes me want to make baby stuff again. Almost. But I’d also advise against the ribbon. Or at least one that’s almost as big as the baby’s head!

  • http://www.dirtypurls.blogspot.com Tara

    That hat is just too cute! Makes me want to make baby stuff again. Almost. But I’d also advise against the ribbon. Or at least one that’s almost as big as the baby’s head!

  • http://www.etches-johnson.com Amanda

    Lovely bonnet! I vote for i-cord too. That ribbon is a bit overkill, I think!

  • http://www.etches-johnson.com Amanda

    Lovely bonnet! I vote for i-cord too. That ribbon is a bit overkill, I think!

  • pknitty

    My vote is for the I-cord. It would look more complete with it than the ribbon. Somehow adding a different texture would look manufactured and not handcrafted.

  • pknitty

    My vote is for the I-cord. It would look more complete with it than the ribbon. Somehow adding a different texture would look manufactured and not handcrafted.

  • http://thewoolenrabbit.typepad.com Kim

    What a lovely bonnet!! Good choice of color, I love the soft, warm butter color!

  • http://thewoolenrabbit.typepad.com Kim

    What a lovely bonnet!! Good choice of color, I love the soft, warm butter color!

  • http://www.ihanna.nu/blog Hanna

    That’s quick! And adorable! Looks so soft and sweat!

  • http://www.ihanna.nu/blog Hanna

    That’s quick! And adorable! Looks so soft and sweat!

  • Li

    Beautiful as is! No ribbon – it makes the baby look a little creepy for some reason in that picture. Love your site!

  • Angela

    I guess I’m the only weirdo that likes the ribbon! It gives it a cute vintage, flapper like look. But whatever you do if you choose the ribbon, don’t have bows on both sides like the book does.

  • Angela

    I guess I’m the only weirdo that likes the ribbon! It gives it a cute vintage, flapper like look. But whatever you do if you choose the ribbon, don’t have bows on both sides like the book does.

  • Alison A.

    I love the look of the bonnet — you did a lovely job with it. I do think the bow looks kind of cool, but I’m thinking it’s a mite impractical.

  • Alison A.

    I love the look of the bonnet — you did a lovely job with it. I do think the bow looks kind of cool, but I’m thinking it’s a mite impractical.

  • LarissaH

    What a gorgeous bonnet! I’ve got the book on request from the library, can’t wait to get it.

    I like the ribbon too, but I can see that it’s not too practical …

  • LarissaH

    What a gorgeous bonnet! I’ve got the book on request from the library, can’t wait to get it.

    I like the ribbon too, but I can see that it’s not too practical …

  • dayment

    It’s so hard to decide if you don’t know the gender! I like the bow but not so big, but if it’s gonna be a girl I think a crochet flower would be awesome too (using a bit of the yarn to match the hat, plus some other colors). An I-cord would be good if it’s a boy. Maybe you can include a “coupon” when you give it at the shower that says “gender specific embellishment forthcoming!”

  • Jen M

    What a darling hat! I will add my vote to the “anti-ribbon” contingent, because I believe that the ribbon would just be a target for chewing and drooling [by the baby, I mean ;)] I think the i-cord could stand up much better to abuse.

  • Jen M

    What a darling hat! I will add my vote to the “anti-ribbon” contingent, because I believe that the ribbon would just be a target for chewing and drooling [by the baby, I mean ;)] I think the i-cord could stand up much better to abuse.

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com marichan

    Cute cute cute! I vote for the i-cord too! I love knitting baby items with DB Cashmerino – so soft.

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com marichan

    Cute cute cute! I vote for the i-cord too! I love knitting baby items with DB Cashmerino – so soft.

  • http://irwinmb.typepad.com Mary Beth

    Beautiful bonnet. As a tired mother of three, bag the bow. It’s so…redundant. Takes away from the sweet baby in the bonnet. (I thought it amusing that I have three balls of two different colors of Wool Cotton that I can never figure out what to do with!)

  • http://irwinmb.typepad.com Mary Beth

    Beautiful bonnet. As a tired mother of three, bag the bow. It’s so…redundant. Takes away from the sweet baby in the bonnet. (I thought it amusing that I have three balls of two different colors of Wool Cotton that I can never figure out what to do with!)

  • http://tmooka.net/blogs/stitchingirl toni

    I love the hat and love that it’s a quickie knit!

  • http://tmooka.net/blogs/stitchingirl toni

    I love the hat and love that it’s a quickie knit!

  • http://cheapknitter.blogdrive.com/ Pioggia

    I like the bonnet a lot but I’m not crazy about the ribbon, particularly not with the huge bow. Maybe with a small bow? I-cord would also look great.

  • http://cheapknitter.blogdrive.com/ Pioggia

    I like the bonnet a lot but I’m not crazy about the ribbon, particularly not with the huge bow. Maybe with a small bow? I-cord would also look great.

  • http://obsessiveknitting.blogspot.com kris

    how incredibly cute! i think i may need to get myself that book.

    as i don’t have kids myself i say go for the ribbon … i’m sure it will look great on the baby for at least five minutes …

  • http://obsessiveknitting.blogspot.com kris

    how incredibly cute! i think i may need to get myself that book.

    as i don’t have kids myself i say go for the ribbon … i’m sure it will look great on the baby for at least five minutes …

  • http://www.ulisneedleworkworld.motime.com Uli

    I love that bonnett. Now I need the book… my girlfriend is having a girl in June. I wouldn’t do the bow/ribbon. I think it’s nice just simple as it is or the i-cord idea sounds good, too.

  • http://www.ulisneedleworkworld.motime.com Uli

    I love that bonnett. Now I need the book… my girlfriend is having a girl in June. I wouldn’t do the bow/ribbon. I think it’s nice just simple as it is or the i-cord idea sounds good, too.

  • Adele

    Too cute! What a beautiful colour.

    I vote for the iCord but I do like the idea of a knitted flower as dayment suggested if it was a girl.

  • Adele

    Too cute! What a beautiful colour.

    I vote for the iCord but I do like the idea of a knitted flower as dayment suggested if it was a girl.

  • Rebecca

    Voting icord, possibly detachable crochet flower. I want you to know how much I love your sight. Your photography is extrordinary and I am always inspired and excited by each new entry!

  • Rebecca

    Voting icord, possibly detachable crochet flower. I want you to know how much I love your sight. Your photography is extrordinary and I am always inspired and excited by each new entry!

  • http://knittingbyeye.blogspot.com eyeleen

    Gorgeous bonnet!! Beautiful color.

  • http://knittingbyeye.blogspot.com eyeleen

    Gorgeous bonnet!! Beautiful color.

  • lynette

    i should have finished checking the archives. i found the pattern source.

  • lynette

    i should have finished checking the archives. i found the pattern source.

  • Liz

    hehe, I just googled ‘knit bonnet’ and lo & behold, came upon on of my favorite blogs. I had to click through just to say hi. :)

  • Liz

    hehe, I just googled ‘knit bonnet’ and lo & behold, came upon on of my favorite blogs. I had to click through just to say hi. :)

  • Thongkam Uchophan

    Hi, I love the lacy baby bonnet very much. Please provide me the pattern and i can’t wait to knit it for my daughter. She turn to 3 years old next year. Thanks

  • Mos

    Did you knit it up in one piece? No sewing up the back? If you did, I would completely love to know how you did that! I’m right at that part and I can’t seem to get it to look the way they have it in the book. Oh and for the record – I’m doing icord for the ties and would like to do a little flower to go on one side. Thank you, Amy

  • Mos

    Did you knit it up in one piece? No sewing up the back? If you did, I would completely love to know how you did that! I’m right at that part and I can’t seem to get it to look the way they have it in the book. Oh and for the record – I’m doing icord for the ties and would like to do a little flower to go on one side. Thank you, Amy