I knit a February Baby Sweater (aka A Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) from “The Knitter’s Almanac”) for a dear friend, using wool I bought while we were together on vacation. “The Knitters Almanac” calls for a bonnet to match, but the pattern directions are nondescript to say the least. Elizabeth Zimmerman’s directions from “The Knitter’s Almanac”: “Make any bonnet you please, of the type which encloses the ears, and buttons under the chin.” She goes on to describe how to make a collar that covers the neck between the bonnet and sweater.
Here is my pattern for a bonnet to match the sweater. Not having a baby myself, I used a bust of my grandmother as a child to check the sizing. It seems like the bonnet is bigger than the sweater, but am hoping that since babies’ heads don’t grow that much in the first year, it will be okay.
February Baby Bonnet
Using whatever yarn and needles you used to make the sweater:
Cast on 59 stitches (or multiple of 7 + 10 for garter edging). Knit in garter-stitch for 6 ridges. Knit in Gull (as in the sweater) for 5 inches or so, still with the 5-stitch garter border on either end.
Divide onto 3 double pointed needles: the first needle should have 19 stitches, the second, 21 sts, and the third, 19 sts. Continue using the Gull pattern. On ever right-side row: ssk at end of 1st needle, k2tog at beginning of 2nd needle, ssk at end of 2nd needle, k2tog at beginning of 3rd needle. Keep up the garter border, and purl on wrong side.
When there are 3 stitches remaining on the 2nd needle, k3tog. K2tog somewhere so that you are left with 2 dpn’s, each with 5 sts. Knit the 5 sts as an attached i-cord, folded back and knitted onto the bottom edge of each side of the bonnet. When you get to the front edge, knit a 5 inch i-cord string.