Sunday, July 3, 2016

Newborn Rainbow Knit Bonnet

My friend just had a baby girl (I had to wait until she gave birth to find out the sex!). Not a lot of people know that her daughter is their rainbow baby. I did ask first if it was okay to incorporate that into the newborn photos. 

I was inspired by this RainBOW Baby Knit Hat. I didn't want a bow on mine and I didn't want it to be a beanie so instead, I made a bonnet. 

I used the same pattern for this Newborn Brown and Pink Knit Hat Pom Pom. The only difference is I didn't join the round until after I've completed the rainbow colors. The flower was something I made years ago and is clipped on. I like clip-on flowers because you never know what side the baby ends up and you want the flower to be on the side you photograph.

Worsted weight yarn in Heather Grey and rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
5mm 16" circular needle
5mm double pointed needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

K1 - knit 1
P1 - purl 1
K2tog - knit 2 together (decrease)

Cast on 60 stitches (Brim and rainbow portion is worked in flat rows, the rest of the hat in rounds)

Using the Heather Grey yarn

Row 1-7 (Brim): Slip the first stitch as if to knit (without actually knitting it), k1, p2, *k2, p2, Repeat from * all the way around. Turn your work and repeat for a total of 7 rows.

Row 8-9: Slip the first stitch as if to knit (without actually knitting it), k1 all the way to end. Turn your work and repeat for row 9.

Row 10-15 : Change (6) colors for next 6 rows repeating previous rows. 

Switch back to the Heather grey color yarn, add stitch marker and join the hat. 

Rounds 1-4 : k1 all the way around

Decrease Rounds: Change to double pointed needles at any time you are too tight around.

Round 1: k4, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 2: k1 all the way around
Round 3: k3, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 4: k2, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 5: k1, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 6: k2tog all the way around until you have a few stitches and close up by using the yarn needle and thread through each stitch as if to knit. 

Cut rainbow colored pieces each side of desired length of yarn, thread through corner of brim and braid. Do the same for both sides. The amount of yarn and colors used is up to you.

This little (not so little) 10 pound baby girl took her time and was 10 days late.

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