Kitten Baby Bonnet

I have a favorite baby bonnet. I found this pamphlet at a thrift store many years ago and immediately loved this little treasure.

I bet I have knit close to 50 of these little hats. For a while I would knit these with a yarn called Imagine, it was a fuzzy blend probably acrylic and maybe made by Lion Brand about 12 years ago. It had just the right fuzzy quality for a kitty hat. And it was washable which seemed a good thing for charity knitting. I even played with adding(dare I admit) fake fur yarn on the garter stitch rows around the face.

They turned out cute and when I knit during my breaks at work I would always get request for the kitty hat even with that silly fake fur.

Or maybe I should say especially with the fake fur*.

Now I don’t always read patterns correctly and often I alter them to suit my style of knitting.

This is a fast knit which I love BUT you have to sew seams. You can see in this picture  that the bonnet comes off the needles looking more like a baby elephant than a kitten.

The seaming starts with the points of the ears. After the ears are done you continue sewing the side to the odd looking trunk like back. And believe it or not the results are a kitten hat. The architechture of this bonnet is amazing I love the way the ears are formed and how the back is thought out. But like many knitters there are times I want to be done when the knitting comes off the needles not picking up a needle to sew seams. After knitting one I quickly worked out in my head how to cheat and make this a no seam knit.

after finishing the ear increases — the pattern tells you to cast off before knitting the back.  Instead I simply treat the ears like I would a 3 needle bind off.

So now the ears are done but there is still the back.

Looking at the hat structure you have a shape that is like a box with the bottom and one side cut off.Flat it would be a T shape

To get this shape with out sewing I short row between the two ears I just finishedI knit the stitches between the ears and on each end of the row I decrease with a stitch from the side. Gradually the hat looks more like a bonnet. When I run out of stitches on the side I  leave the stitches on the needle and pick up stitches on each side of the bottom of the hat. And instead of the button band that the original pattern calls for I do a couple of rows of garter and then a row with yo to make holes. And then a few more rows of garter and cast off. This way I can put a ribbon through to tie my bonnet

I think the results are very cute. And it is easy to whip one of these hats up in 2 evenings.

I also like to play with patterns while I knit and I think these hats are quite nice to practice stranded knitting on. It is fun to play with color combinations too. I recently went to a yarn tasting party at Knitch in Delefield. I got to try out some lovely yarns from Cascade and the color pattern in this hat are some of the samples of yarn that were handed out to the knitters there. There were more than a few yarns that I would love to see the store stock and also many old favorites.

*I am not a fake fur hater I have a stash of it and use it for trim on many things


  1. Mary, Tx. said,

    April 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I just love this pattern and would like to knit it for family, friends and cat lovers.
    There is a new baby girl on the way and I have been asked to knit her something. I fell in love with this little kitten hat and would like to make it for her.
    Would you please post the pattern for all of us that have fallen in love with this cute little kitty cat hat. Thank You

    • whatzitknitz said,

      April 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Mary I will write the company that the leaflet is from and see if it would be alright to share the pattern. I did alter the way it is knit so I wouldn’t have to seam so maybe I could share without it being copyright problem ; )

  2. Mary, Tx. said,

    April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thank You so much for taking the time to write the company about the pattern.
    Someone at Ravelry may know about sharing vintage patterns.
    This is just one of those irresistible Awwwwwww patterns and I hope you will be able to share it along with your most logical time saving no seam alteration. 🙂
    Thanks again and have a Happy Spring

    • Wendy Parrish said,

      January 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

      I, too, “NEED” this kitten baby bonnet pattern! 24 years ago someone knit this for my daughter and now, with my first grandchild on the way, I need to knit one (or more)! Please share with me your altered pattern, the one without the seam. I cannot wait to give it a try!

  3. April 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    […] and gave me permission to share the directions for the Kitten Bonnet I wrote about in this post Kitten Baby Bonnet « whatzitknitz. It did ask me to share it as is. So I have scanned a copy into my computer and here it is.  Now […]

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