Lacey Shell Bonnet: three tiny sizes

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I’m still tweaking the larger bonnets, but these three are done.  I’ll put them all together in one post when they are all finished.  If you find an error, please let me know and I will correct the pattern.  And yes, my hands are tiny.

Here they are on a largeish (14″) newborn bonnet

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I’ll put the pattern usage up, in case people actually stumble upon this post.

Lacey Shell Bonnet

Pattern Usage:  I encourage you to make many of these for charity.  You may make as many as you would like, or need, for personal use.  If you are planning to sell finished bonnets, in any size, as doll, preemie, or newborn, I ask that for each bonnet you sell you also make one, in any size, to donate to a hospital/birthing center/midwife.  It will only take you a few minutes and will make a world of difference for someone.  Also, please credit me as the designer.  This pattern is my personal work.  Do not sell or distribute it as your own work.  You may share it, freely, just please give me credit as the designer.

Note: sizes/gestational ages are approximate.  Because the bonnets are so small, slight changes in yarn thickness, hook size, or tension, could make a big difference in finished size.

The size chart I used for fetal head sizes is available here  http://mammathatmakes.blogspot.com/p/preemie.html

Yarn and hook size:  I used Patton’s Beehive Baby Sport (supposedly weight category 3: light, but feels almost category 2 to me) and a B (2.25mm) hook.

Gauge: The smallest bonnet is about 1.25″ (3 cm) across when flattened.  The middle size one is 1.5″ ( 3.8 cm) and the larger one is just over 1.75″ (4.8 cm).

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U.S. crochet terms

Special stitches

beginning shell: ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc all in one space

shell: 2dc, ch1, 2dc all in one space

V-stitch: dc, ch1, dc all in one space

 

Size 1: Inside circumference approximately 2.75 inches (7 cm) fits 11-12 weeks, would also make a good keepsake for earlier losses.img_4006

  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (2dc, ch1) three times, dc, and then join with a sl st the 3rd chain of the starting ch4 (8dc, 4 ch1 spaces)
  2. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  Make a beginning shell.  Make a shell in each remaining ch1 space (4 shells) do not join, turn
  3. repeat step 2
  4. sl st into 1st ch1 space or end main color and join edging color to 1st ch1 space.  Ch1, work 4 hdc into same space.  Work 5 hdc into each remaining ch1 space (4 edging shells)
  5. For tie, either leave the tails long at the beginning and end of your edging color and use those are ties, or thread a piece of yarn through the bottom/neck edge and leave long on either side.

 

Size 2:  3.5 inch (9 cm) circumference, fits approximately 13-14 weeks. img_3997

  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (dc, ch1) four times, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch4 (five dc, five ch1 spaces)
  2. slip into first ch1 space and work a beginning shell in that space.  Work a shell in each of the remaining ch1 spaces, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning shell (5 shells)
  3. sl st into next ch1 space and work a beginning shell in that space.  Work a shell in each of the remaining ch1 spaces.  Do not join, turn (5 shells)
  4. sl st into 1st ch1 space, or end bonnet color and join edging color to the 1st ch1 space.  ch3, 4dc in same space.  Work 5 dc in each remaining ch1 space, end.  (5 edging shells)
  5. For tie, either leave the tails long at the beginning and end of your edging color and use those are ties, or thread a piece of yarn through the bottom/neck edge and leave long on either side.

 

Size 3: 4.7 inch (12 cm) circumference, fits approx 15-16 weeks

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  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (dc, ch1) five times, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch4 (six dc, six ch1 spaces)
  2. slip into first ch1 space and work a beginning shell in that space.  Work a shell in each of the remaining ch1 spaces, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning shell (6 shells)
  3. sl st into next ch1 space and work a beginning shell in that space.  Work a shell in each of the remaining ch1 spaces.  Do not join, turn (6 shells)
  4. repeat step 3
  5. sl st into 1st ch1 space, or end bonnet color and join edging color to the 1st ch1 space.  ch3, 4dc in same space.  Work 5 dc in each remaining ch1 space, end.  (6 edging shells)
  6. For tie, either leave the tails long at the beginning and end of your edging color and use those are ties, or thread a piece of yarn through the bottom/neck edge and leave long on either side.
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