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Mock Cable Stitch Newborn Bonnet

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This is a very unusual and stylish bonnet for a new baby. This bonnet will fit approximate 0-4 months. This bonnet, made with a fantastic mock cable stitch, is featured in the knitting pattern collection 28 Newborn Hats and Knitting Patterns.

Yarn and needles used 

Double knitting yarn, approx 50g, 4mm straight needles. The bonnet in the picture was made with Sirdar baby cashmere merino yarn. Merino yarn is excellent for showing off patterned work as it is less fluffy and you can see the details of stitches more.

Ability level – advanced beginner.  

This bonnet is made purely from knit and purl stitches. It is not difficult , but some concentration and counting is required.


Cast on 66 stitches.

Commence pattern as follows – 

Row 1) k3 *p4,k1,p1,k4 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3

Row 2) k3 *p3,k2.p2.k3 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3

Row 3) k3 *p2,k2.p1,k1,p2,k2 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3 

Row 4) k3 *p1,k2,p2,k2,p2,k1 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3 

Row 5) k3 *k2,p3,k3,p2 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3

Row 6) k3 *k1,p4,k4,p1 ; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3 

Repeat these 6 rows 4 times more (so there is a total of 5 pattern blocks). 


Knit across one row

K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3

Knit across row, decreasing 2 stitches evenly across row K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3 

You should have 64 stitches on your needle. 

Proceed to shape bonnet back as follows – 

  1.  (k5,k2tog) 9 times, k1 (55 stitches) 
  2. 2) purl entire row 
  3. (k4,k2tog) 9 times, k1 (46 stitches) 
  4.  purl entire row 
  5.  (k3,k2tog) 9 times, k1 (37 stitches) 
  6. 6  purl entire row 
  7.  (k2,k2tog) 9 times, k1 (28 stitches) 
  8. purl entire row
  9. (k1,k2tog) 9 times, k1 (19 stitches) 
  10. (p2tog) to end of row, p1 (10 stitches)

To Finish and Make Up:

Cut yarn, leaving enough to sew up back seam. With a sewing up needle, thread yarn through remaining 10 stitches and draw tight. Sew up seam to the point where the garter stitch side detail begins. 

Sew in all the loose ends. 

The baby bonnet is now complete apart from ties. You can sew on lace or ribbon, or make braids as shown on this pattern. To make braids, cut 12 pieces of yarn double the length required for the ties. 

Thread 6 pieces through each bonnet front end and proceed to braid, knotting to secure at the bottom and then trimming as desired. 

You may find it helpful to thread each piece of yarn through individually with a needle. 

If desired, block the bonnet.

Hope you enjoyed this knitting pattern for a newborn mock cable stitch bonnet please write in comments below if you make it!

The pattern is also available in this full colour PDF E-book on Etsy.

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6 thoughts on “Mock Cable Stitch Newborn Bonnet

      1. You knit two bonnets already – that is awesome, thanks so much for knitting them and for letting me know. I like knitting these up too!


    1. Hi, The stitch pattern works in numbers of ten so you cast on another 10 stitches to make it larger. Alternatively you could knit it with aran/worsted worsted yarn on 5mm needles instead of 4mm.


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