Pattern: Beloved Baby Bonnet

"Jane’s stay in Kent that September was a period of great happiness. She took pleasure in playing with her newest baby nephew, George." —David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life

"Mrs. Weston, with her baby on her knee, indulging in such reflections as these, was one of the happiest women in the world. If any thing could increase her delight, it was perceiving that the baby would soon have outgrown its first set of caps." —Jane Austen, Emma

No Regency-era layette would be complete without a bonnet. This sweet little cap was inspired by an extant hand-embroidered infant’s bonnet from the Regency era. It is knitted at a very fine gauge, but is so small that it won’t take too long to work up. The delicate lacy patterns bestow an heirloom quality—as certainly befits every baby.

Note: This PDF product was created by the original publisher of the pattern, and is sold here with permission. There are no known errata as of March 1, 2021. 


    Comes in sizes small (medium, large).
    • To fit 16" (17", 18") head circumference
    • 12.5" (13.75", 15") around head at widest point
    Sample shown was made in the medium size.

    Skills required

    • Knitting, purling, yarnovers
    • Decreasing
    • Chart reading
    • Provisional cast-on
    • Picking up stitches
    • I-cord

    Materials needed

    • Yarn: Laceweight. Sample shown used Fiddlesticks Knitting Exquisite: 50% mulberry silk/50% merino wool, 546yds/50g, colour #02 pussywillow - 1 ball will be more than enough to finish any size; sample shown was made in size medium and used approximately 150yds.
    • Needles: 2mm, as follows
      • Pair of straights, or a circular at least 16" in length
      • An additional circular needle at least 16" in length
    • 4 (4, 6) stitch markers
    • Stitch holder
    • Waste yarn for provisional cast-on; enough for 123 (129, 145) stitches
    • Safety pin
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


    • 38 stitches and 54 rows = 4" in Chart A, B, C, D, E, F, or G after blocking; Chart D should measure 1.5" wide. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

    1 comment:

    Jeanne Thompson said...

    I've been looking everywhere for Beloved Baby Bonnet pattern. I had it once but only the first page has survived. I was so excited to see it listed on your website, but then so disappointed when I tried to purchase it, "Buy PDF $4.99US", NOTHING HAPPENED. Do you still have it, is it for sale, how to I get the rest of the pattern to make it for my first great-granddaughter?