Lacey Shell Bonnet: 3 Very Small Sizes

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This post has the directions for 17-19 weeks, 20-22 week, and 23-25 week sizes of the Lacey Shell Bonnet.  I will compile all the directions into one post once I have them all ready.

First, a size comparison.  The tiny bonnet directions are here.  The newborn bonnet directions will come later with similar sizes.  The whole sizing thing is a little more difficult than I expected.

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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, for any use, I ask that for each bonnet you sell you also make at least one bonnet, 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 (size 1) is 1.5″ (3.8 cm) top to bottom when flattened and 1.25″ front to back.  In other words, the width of 2 shells is 1.5″ (3.8 cm) so 6 shells is 4.5 in (11.5 cm.)

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 4: 6 inch (15 cm) circumference, fits approx. 17-19 weeks

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  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (dc, ch1) six 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 (7 shells, measures 1.75 inches across)
  3. repeat step 2
  4. 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 (7 shells)
  5. repeat step 4
  6. for edging, use same color and sl st to the next ch1 space, or join a new color in the first ch1 space.  Ch3, make 5dc into the same space.  Make 6dc into each remaining ch1 space, end.
  7. For ties, pull through a piece of yarn or ribbon, or pull through several strands and braid.

Size 5: 7.5″ (19 cm) circumference, fits approx. 20-22 weeks

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  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (dc, ch1) seven times, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch4 (eight dc, eight ch1 spaces)
  2. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  Ch4, dc in same space.  Make a V-stitch in each remaining ch1 space (8 Vs) join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch4
  3. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  work a beginning shell into that space.  Work a shell in each remaining ch1 space (8 shells), join
  4. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  work a beginning shell into that space.  Work a shell in each remaining ch1 space (8 shells), do not join, turn
  5. repeat step 4 twice more
  6. for edging, use same color and sl st to the next ch1 space, or join a new color in the first ch1 space.  Ch3, make 5dc into the same space.  Make 6dc into each remaining ch1 space, end.
  7. For ties, pull through a piece of yarn or ribbon, or pull through several strands and braid.

Size 6:  8.6 inches (22cm) circumference fits approx. 23-25 weeks

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  1. in a magic circle, ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), (dc, ch1) 8 more times (9 dcs, 9 ch2 spaces)
  2. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  ch4 (counts as dc, chain 1) dc into the same space.  (dc, ch1, dc) in each remaining ch1 space, join to 3rd ch of beginning ch4 (9 Vs)
  3. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  work a beginning shell into that space.  Work a shell in each remaining ch1 space (9 shells), join.
  4. Repeat step 3
  5. sl st into 1st ch1 space.  work a beginning shell into that space.  Work a shell in each remaining ch1 space (9 shells), do not join, turn
  6. repeat step 5 two more times
  7. for edging, use same color and sl st to the next ch1 space, or join a new color in the first ch1 space.  Ch3, make 5dc into the same space.  Make 6dc into each remaining ch1 space, end.
  8. For ties, pull through a piece of yarn or ribbon, or pull through several strands and braid.
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