Make a Filet-Crochet Bonnet
The “Bonnie Rose Baby Bonnet to Crochet” by Laura Ricketts, which was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork, makes an extra special gift for a new addition to your family. Filet-crochet roses and a customizable insert make this baby bonnet a true family heirloom that will be treasured for generations to come. Here’s Laura with more:
This fine crocheted baby bonnet was inspired by a photograph of an antique baby bonnet. Although only the top of the garment is visible, the photograph shows off a beautifully crafted filet-crochet rose band with looser netting behind it.
Because creating the filet-crochet rose is such a time-consuming part of this project, I designed the bonnet to be created in parts. That way, if the bonnet is to be a gift, the crocheter can work the central panel ahead of time. After the birth, when the baby’s initials and birth date are known, the crocheter can create the two side panels, netting, and trim.
The smaller panels are crocheted with the motifs turned sideways to make the gauge match the center panel. The bonnet shown is trimmed in a soft pink ⅛-inch (3-mm) ribbon. I chose to leave the bonnet open rather than add a fastening. If you prefer a bonnet that can be fastened, crochet a delicate strap and put a snap or bit of Velcro at the tips. Take care to make sure the fastening opens easily, so it won’t be a choking hazard.
Laura Ricketts is a frequent PieceWork contributor. She knits, crochets, spins, reads history books, and incorporates all of these activities into her articles, patterns, and classes. Visit www.laurarickettsdesigns.com to see more of her work.
Download your copy of the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork today and make a filet-crochet bonnet for the special baby in your life. For another vintage-themed crochet project, read our blog post “On the Mend: Victorian Rehabilitation with Crochet Granny Squares.”