Infinitely more lovely than a beanie or a cap, and perfectly delightful for a child…these little bonnets are too cute. I prefer the more simple patterns (as opposed to very thick or loopy ones). This was a snap to make — I did it in one sitting and this is only my second attempt at crochet ever!
1) ch3, dc 10 times into the 1st ch, join together
2) ch3, 2dc in each stitch around, join together
3) ch3, *2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next stitch*, repeat around, do not join together.
4) ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across.
5-8) /ch3, turn, dc across/
9) ch3, turn, dc across.
10) (tneckline) ch2, do not turn, evenly work hdc stitches along the neckline of the bonnet (edges of the dc rows) until you get to the corner.
11) (tie 1) chain 25, ch2 & turn, sc back
12) hdc in each stitch across the 1/3 of the front edge, then dc second 1/3, then hdc to finish around front
13) ch25, ch2 and turn, sc back to edge, join with main and end off.
hdc-half double crochet
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