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Traditional baby bonnet with not-so-traditional ears!
My little girl inherited the family big head. While it means more brains for us, it also means that traditional baby hats don't fit. I created this hat from a mash up of a few different patterns so that she could have an easter hat that fits!

The comfy fleece was extremely easy to work with, but be careful because it's also easy to get stitches that are very tight.

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  • Step 1

    Stitch Key (because everyone does things a little differently):

    CH=Chain
    With the slip knot on your hook, yarn over and draw the loop already on your hook. Continue this for how many chains you need to begin your project.

    SC: Single Crochet
    Insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated, then yarn over and pull up a loop. (2 loops on hook.) Yarn over and draw through both of the loops on your hook.

    SC Dec = Single Crochet Decrease:
    Insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated, then yarn over and pull up a loop. (2 loops on hook.)
    Insert your hook into the next stitch, then yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).
    Yarn over and draw through all three loops on your hook.

    DC = Double Crochet:
    Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
    Yarn over and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook.)
    Yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops. (2 loops on hook.)
    Yarn over and draw through the last 2 of the loops.

    DC Dec = Double Crochet Decrease
    Work a dc in the next stitch without completing the very last step (leave the last two loops on the hook), then dc in the next stitch without completing the last step. You should have three loops on the hook then yarn over and draw through all the loops. Decrease made.

  • Step 2

    Bonnet

    This hat will fit a large-headed newborn. My baby looks tiny but she definitely inherited the family cranium.

    1. Ch 30, turn
    2. Ch 3 (for first DC), DC in second stitch and next 29 stitches. Count stitches, should be 30. (Wrap row over top of baby’s head like a headband and see if you like that length for the brim of your hat. If not, start over with more or less stitches.)
    3. Turn and repeat step 2 five times for a total of six rows.
    4. Turn, Ch 3 (for first DC), DC in second stitch and next 15 stitches, DC Dec in stitch 16/17, DC in next 13 stitches.
    5. Turn, Ch 3, DC in second stitch and next 13, DC Dec 14/15 & 16/17, DC in the next 11.
    6. Turn, Ch 3, DC in second stitch and next 9, DC Dec 10/11, 12/13, 14/15, 16/17, DC in remaining stitches.
    7. Turn, Ch 3, DC in second stitch and next 8, DC Dec 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, DC in remaining stitches.
    10. Align sides and either whipstitch with yarn or SC (picking up both sides) remaining stitches.
    Tie off at back of head and cut yarn.
    11. Turn inside-out
    12. Starting at the corner (what would be the left cheek) SC along entire bottom, at a tight gauge, to gather back of neck. Tie off. Weave ends.
    13. Thread a ribbon in and out of first space between DCs (closest to face) and tie in a beautiful big bow at cheek.

  • Step 3

    Ears

    1. Chain 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each across, CH 1, turn (4 SC)
    2. SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
    3. SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
    4. 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
    5-10. SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
    11. SC Dec, SC in next 4 stitches, SC Dec in last stitch, ch 1, turn
    12. SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
    13. SC Dec, SC in next 2 stitches, SC Dec in last stitch, ch 1 turn
    14. SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
    15. Make 2 SC Dec, ch 1, turn.
    16. SC Dec, ch 1, and continue to sc around the edge of the entire ear. Slip stitch to first SC to join.
    17. Make a second ear following steps 1-16.
    18. Make inner ear using pink for steps 1-15 and switching to white for step 16.
    19. Make a second inner ear.
    20. Sew inner ears to outer ears using SC in white. My finished ears were very stiff, but you might want to insert pipe cleaners between the layers if you use a medium that makes your ears more floppy.

  • Step 4

    Attaching Ears

    1. Fold bonnet in half. Count back four rows from front of bonnet and one DC from centerline and SL ST one ear on either side of center.

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