Little Miss by DROPS Design

Knitted bonnet hat for baby and children in DROPS Fabel

Keywords: bonnet, stocking stitch
DROPS Baby 18-11
Size: 1/3 –6/9 –12/18 months (2 –3/4) years
Head circumference: 42-44-46 (48-50) cm

Materials: DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio
50 g for all sizes colour no 161, pink dream

DROPS POINTED NEEDLES size 2.5 mm – or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.

Worked back and forth on needle.
Cast on 104-112-120 (128-136) sts on needle size 2.5 mm with Fabel. Work rib as follows (first row = RS): 1 garter st – SEE ABOVE - * P2, K2 *, repeat from *-*, and finish with P2 and 1 garter st. When rib measures 6-8-8 (10-10) cm continue in stocking st with 1 garter st each side, AT THE SAME TIME dec 14-16-18 (20-22) sts evenly on first row = 90-96-102 (108-114) sts.
When piece measures 14-16-17 (19-20) cm cast off 6 sts on next row from RS, work remaining st on row and cast off 6 sts at the beg of next row from WS, work remaining sts on row = 78-84-90 (96-102) sts. Insert 6 markers in piece as follows (as seen from RS): 1 marker after 1 st and the remaining 5 markers with 13-14-15 (16-17) sts between each, 12-13-14 (15-16) sts left after the last marker. Continue in garter st on all sts – SEE ABOVE - AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st after each marker (from RS) by K2 tog, on every other row until there are 12 sts left on row. Now K2 tog across the row. Cut the thread, pull through remaining sts and use thread end to sew tog bonnet mid back. Sew in outer loop of sts and also sew tog the 6 cast off sts.

Fold rib double towards RS.
Pick up approx 60 to 80 sts inside 1 edge st at bottom edge of bonnet on needle size 2.5 mm with Fabel – pick up through both layers on folded rib. Work 2 cm stocking st, cast off loosely. Fold edge double towards RS (i.e WS showing) and fasten with small neat sts.

Cut 2 threads measuring approx 2 meter each, twist them until they resist, fold them double and let them twist again. Tie a knot either end and thread through casing.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Baby 18-11) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (58)

country flag Judith Jenkins wrote:

I am really having difficulty with the tension. I have gone up to 3mm needles and I have got 8 cm across. It is a very thin fabric so if I go up 2 more needle sizes how will there be any warmth in the bonnet? I have reconciled myself to knitting the bonnet for a 3/4 year old because my 16 month old granddaughter has a head circumference of 48 where you measure for a bonnet or 47 but it will still be too small using 3 mm needles. My tension is usually fairly standard. What is happening here?

07.12.2021 - 21:25

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Jenkins, this hat is worked with a tension of 26 sts x 34 rows, to get the pattern matching the size you should have this tension. Read more about tension here. Happy knitting!

08.12.2021 kl. 07:56

country flag Judith Jenkins/ Judy wrote:

Thank you so much for replying straight away. However I always find that I have to re-knit hats smaller and she is a tiny 16 month old who has only just gone into 12 month clothes which are a generous fit on her so I cannot believe that she would need 3 - 4 years. I suppose the ribbing doesn’t need to meet as the bonnet is tied. As the ribbing would need to stretch in order not to be loose would I get away with 12 - 18 months? It must be either 12-18 months or 2 to 3 years.

22.11.2021 - 13:24

country flag Judith Jenkins wrote:

Please will you look at my previous comment which should have been a question as it is urgent. I lost the first attempt and the second time I didn't c h range it to a question. Thank you

21.11.2021 - 08:50

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Judith, you can see the answer below.

21.11.2021 kl. 19:16

country flag Judith Jenkins wrote:

Please could you advise as to size. My granddaughter has a bonnet circumference of 48 cm and a head circumference of 47 cm. The nearest I could get to 10 cm with 26 stitches is 9.1 cm on 3.25mm needles using Drops Fabel. If I knit the 12 - 18 month size it will be smaller than her head circumference suggests. On the other hand it seems unlikely that she would need the 2 - 3 year size as she is small for her age. I want it to fit her this winte r.I don't want to go up another needle size.

21.11.2021 - 08:47

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Judith, the age indicated in the sizes is not important, since the standard sizes may vary between the different countries and it would also depend on each child. If you need a head circumference of 47 cm, with the gauge you have indicated, you would need to knit an even larger size (3/4 years) to obtain the needed circumference. So you would be working the number of stitches for sizes 3/4 but the number of cm for the size 2 years. Happy knitting!

21.11.2021 kl. 19:15

country flag Maria wrote:

Jag har svårt att visualisera hur/var jag ska sticka upp maskorna för dragskon i den uppvikta resåren. Förstår inte hur det ska se ut sen, viker man ner uppviket efter att man stickat upp "dragskon". Det vore fint med en utförligare beskrivning, en bild eller en video. Tack på förhand!

14.04.2020 - 15:48

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Du stickar upp maskor längst hättans nederkant och där du vikt resåren dubbel stickar du upp maskor genom båda lager. Resårkanten fortsätter att vara dubbelvikt som på bilden så den ska inte vikas tillbaka. Mvh DROPS Design

22.04.2020 kl. 09:54

country flag Karolina wrote:

Hur får man hättan att bli så rund och fin? Då man ska förminska hättan vid de 6 markeringarna, så blir min hätta "toppig/strutig" i stället för rund som på bilden.

17.11.2019 - 13:16

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Karolina, om du minskar på vart annat varv kommer den till att se ut som på bilden. Lycka till :)

21.11.2019 kl. 14:51

country flag Patricia wrote:

I cannot seem to get started. My 2x2 rib keeps coming out wrong. Any ideas what I am doing wrong? Row 1: k1, p2, k2 etc till end of row, finishing with k1. Turn and what do I do next for row 2? I am an experienced knitter but feeling frustrated here...

17.12.2017 - 04:39

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Patricia, work 1st row (and every row from RS) as follows: K1, (P2, K2), repeat from (to), finish with P2 and K1. On next row from WS, work K over K and P over P to get rib, ie: K1 (edge st), K2, (P2, K2), repeat from (to) and finish with K1 (edge st). Happy knitting!

18.12.2017 kl. 09:10

country flag Lisa Jensen wrote:

Jeg har strikket 16cm. Og skal til at tage 6 masker ind på ret siden og 6 cm. På vrang siden . Og så forstår jeg ikke mere , så derfor vil jeg gerne have det bedre forklaret. V.H. Lisa

20.02.2016 - 12:47

country flag Allain Cindy wrote:

Bonjour, en suivant les instructions je forme une pointe à la fin du bonnet (qui se situe sur le haut du crane) pourtant sur la photo il ne semble pas qu'il y ai de pointe, est ce normal ? Merci d'avance

11.09.2015 - 15:16

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Allain, quand vous avez terminé les diminutions (il reste 6 m), passez le fil dans les mailles restantes et faites la couture à partir des dernières mailles, le long des rangs au point mousse, le fond du bonnet sera ainsi plat. Bon tricot!

11.09.2015 kl. 17:00

country flag Nina wrote:

Hallo, ich stolpere gerade über die Angabe nach dem Bündchen "14 M gleichmäßig verteilt abk.". Ist vielleicht "gleichmäßig verteilt abnehmen" gemeint? "Gleichmäßig verteilt abketten" habe ich noch nie gesehen... Viele Grüße Nina

31.01.2015 - 09:54

DROPS Design answered:

Ja, Sie haben völlig Recht. Beim Übersetzen ist manchmal "abketten" und "abnehmen" durcheinander geraten. Die Anleitung wird direkt sprachlich überarbeitet, damit keine Verwirrung mehr entsteht.

31.01.2015 kl. 10:02

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