Sunday, October 2, 2011

Free Pattern: Lamb Bonnet

I wanted to make a lamb bonnet, so I looked around on Etsy until I found this one that I loved and used it as inspiration for mine.  This pattern is worked as a rectangle, then stitched together.  You will have to push the puff stitch out to the right side every other row.

This pattern should be fairly easy to adjust for bigger sizes.  The adjustments listed are my best guess; I have only made the newborn size, so if you have the baby or kid available, it would be wise to measure for length after the first (sc) row and for depth before the last (sc) row.  (Baby doll pictured has head circumference of 14".)

Chunky weight yarn (I used Loops and Threads Charisma Off White)
Size 6mm (J/10) hook
Small amount worsted weight yarn (for insides of ears - I used I Love This Cotton pink)
Size 5mm (H/8) hook
Yarn needle

Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
Sl St - slip stitch
Tc - triple crochet (or treble crochet)

Special Stitch:
3 dc cluster - Make 3 dcs within one step of completion (4 loops on hook), YO, pull through all four loops.

Using chunky yarn and size 6 hook, ch 32.  (for 3-months, ch 35; for 6-months, ch 38; for 12-months, ch 41; for toddler, ch 44)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each sc across.  (31 sc)
Row 2:  Ch 2, turn.  *Dc in next 2 sc.  3 dc cluster (see special stitches above) in next sc.  Repeat from * 9 times.  Dc in last sc.
Row 3 - 8:  Ch 2, turn.  *Dc in next 2 dc.  3 dc cluster in next dc.  Repeat from * 9 times.  Dc in last dc.
(for 3-months, 3-10; for 6-months, 3-12; for 12-months, 3-14; for toddler, 3-16)
Row 9:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each dc across.  (31 sc)
Fold in half with right sides together, folding the rows in half so that the ends of each row touch each other.  Slip stitch together inside loops of row 9.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2 with chunky yarn and size 6 hook, make 2 with inner ear color worsted weight yarn and 5 hook):
Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 3.  11 dc.  Slip stitch into top ch of ch 3.
Round 2: Ch 3.  In next dc, 2 dc, 1 tc, 2 dc.  Dc in next 5 dc.  In next dc, 2 dc, 1 tc, 2 dc.  Dc in next 4 dc.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3.  Finish off.

Finishing: Sew ears together (I used the puffy yarn and sewed through every other inner-ear stitch).  Sew ears on each each side to third puff row from the face, towards the bottom.
For strings, cut 6 lengths of yarn, 18 inches long.  Insert crochet hook from inside of corner out, pull 3 lengths through to make a loop, pull yarn through loop.  Braid.  Tie off, trim fringe.

©2011 Alli Hyer, all rights reserved.  You may sell items you make with this crochet pattern, but if you sell them online, you must link to this crochet pattern.  You may not sell this crochet pattern or claim it as your own.   You may publish or post a link to this crochet pattern, but you may not publish or post this crochet pattern in whole or in part.


  1. Oh my, this is so cute! It looks so nice and comfy. What kind of yarn and what size needle did you use?

  2. Alli, so adorable! Thanks for sharing. pdxDoreen

  3. Sorry about that, Emmy - pattern is updated.

  4. This is adorable. So kind of you to share the pattern. :-)

  5. This is adorable! I wish I had someone to make it for! Thanks for posting it.

    FYI-I posted a link and picture of it on my site.

  6. Great! I was looking for a lamb hat pattern for a while. This one is extremely cute. Thank you for posting it!

  7. How Sweet!! Thanks sooo much for generously sharing your talent with us. I have some Bernat Pipsqueak that just might work...Can't wait to make one.:-)

  8. Cute pattern! My new niece or nephew will be really cute in this hat come January!! When making the ears, there is a stitch that is abbreviated tc. I have never seen that one before, is there an easy way for you to explain that to me? Sorry if that's a dumb question! Thank you so much!

  9. Sorry, Laura, I forgot to put that one in the abbreviations. It's a triple crochet (or a treble crochet). Not a dumb question!

  10. Hi again! I just have to tell you how much I love this pattern. I've made two already, one blue and one white. Without the ears though, I really love the look but the bonnet is so cute on its own!

  11. You really did your dream justice. This one is MUCH better than the one you used for inspiration. I LOVE this so I'll make it for my 8th grandchild. She'll look soooooh CUTE in it. I can't wait to get started. Thank you for the pattern and your hard work creating it.

  12. Hi Alli,
    I really like to make this for my new niece who will appearance pretty soon, but I am not sure if I have the size correct. I have the rectangle to be 12x5.5 is that about correct? Thanks.

    1. Mine was 15x7, so I'd say add on if you can. To avoid doing all the work again, you could add another row or two, then sew them together, then do an edging of scs to make it longer in the back.
      All the best!

    2. Thank you so much.

  13. I have been looking for an easy pattern for a bonnet for my newborn photography, and this was PERFECT! I made a pink one without the ears, and it's so adorable, I can't wait to use it. Thank you so much for sharing! : )

    Audrey Spear

  14. just gave this as a gift for my best friend's soon-to-arrive baby girl. She loved it. I posted some pics over at my blog. Thanks again, for another great pattern, Alli!

  15. This is adorable!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. I must be missing something, but how do you add the pink to the inside of the ears? It doesn't say to change colors anywhere & I don't see instructions for this part.

    Thanks for your help,
    Rachelle S.

  17. You make 2 ears in chunky weight for outer ear and 2 in worsted weight for inner ears. Then you sew the inner ear to the outer ear. It's in the instructions.

  18. Hi Ali having trouble mine keeps going into a circle should I be decreasing somewhere I am on row 5 and have ripped out 5 times Help!!!Thanks Kathy

  19. Can you explain what you mean by "going into a circle"?

  20. Ali it goes into circle and looks like a collar.I also have made it too large .How many of the popcorn shapped bumps should I end up with?????Thanks Kathy

  21. This is cuter than Christmas! I'm making it for all my friends! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable pattern!

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable pattern!


  24. Hi ive made the bonnet part but im struggling with the ears! Im a beginner so the pattern dosent always make sense to me but no matter how I think I should be doing them it dosrnt turn out to be an ear! Lol if u had a video it would make it easyer!! Love the hat though!! Xx

  25. Thank you soooo much for this! I am a super duper beginner and I am wanting to crochet my own photography props for newborns. This pattern is exactly what I needed. With some help from my crafty mom, I was able to figure out the special stitch and now there is no stopping me! I have crocheted two of these adorable hats so far and can't wait to make more. You are so generous to offer this free of charge. Thank you soooo much again!

  26. This is adorable!! Thank you for sharing!


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