I absolutely adore this simple bonnet for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They are warm and cute. They knit up very quickly in stockinette but can be jazzed up with lace, cables, or Fair Isle.
Below is the pattern for a stockinette bonnet. Here is the ravelry entry for the pattern.
Simple Fold Over Bonnet Pattern
Materials: Size 7 straight needles, size 7 dpn (for i-cord), 6 stitch markers
Gauge: 5 sts and 7 rows/in on size 7 in stockinette
Yarn: Cascade 220, 1 ball
Size: 0-3 mo (6-9 mo, 12-18 mo, 2 yrs, 3-4 yrs)
Head Circumference: 16.5" (17.25", 18", 19", 20")
CO 80 (88, 96, 104, 112) sts onto the straight needles
K1 *K2P2* repeat until 1 st before end of row, K1
Continue the rib, maintaining K1 for the first and last stitch until piece measures 2.5" (3.25", 3.25", 4", 4")
Switch to stockinette stitch. At the same time, decrease 10 (12,14,16,18) sts evenly over the course of the first stockinette row. You will have 70 (76, 82, 88, 94) sts.
Continue in stockinette until the piece measures 5.5" (6.25", 6.75", 7.5", 8")
BO 4 sts at the beginning of the next RS row, finish row in stockinette
BO 4 sts at the beginning of the next WS row, finish row in stockinette
You will have 62 (68, 74, 80, 86) sts remaining.
Insert 6 markers: the first after the first stitch, and the next five after 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) sts. There will be 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) sts after the sixth marker.
Continue in garter stitch, simultaneously decreasing after each marker (K2tog) on every RS row until 10 sts remain.
K2tog across the next row.
Cut the thread, pull it through the remaining stitches and use it to sew together the back of the bonnet, including the 4 BO stitches on each side.
Fold Over Finishing
I recommend doing this before making the I-cords.
Fold ribbed section over on itself and sew one set of edges together.
Then sew loosely across the fold with the running stitch. Keep the stitches that will show in the purl sections of the rib.
Sew the other set of edges together and tie in loose end.
Make two bonnet strings as follows:
Pick up three stitches from the front corner of the folded over onto a double pointed needle. I recommend picking up the stitches through both layers of the fold over.
Knit an I-cord for 8" or desired length. Tie off and weave the loose end back up into the cord.
I-Cord instructions can be found here.
Weave in all other loose ends and you're done!
Need a space to plan out your designs? Check out my knit & crochet notebook. Here is the fair Isle chart that I designed for the 6-9 month size in my knit & crochet notebook (I ended up using the section between the top and bottom red lines):