Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Crochet Victorian Baby Bonnet - Crochet By Jennifer - Pattern REVIEW

I recently got a request from my sister-in-law, Bree of Briana Lugo Photography, for this cute little Victorian Baby Bonnet.

When I went on Etsy on search for this pattern, I ended up "leaving" with five patterns from Jennifer of CrochetByJennifer with many more on my Favorites List. She has SUCH CUTE baby item patterns.

This little bonnet is perfect for a sweet little baby during a photo shoot, as well as a cute little item to give at a baby shower. 

A matching diaper cover is also a great addition to make this a set - and something I plan on doing.

Materials I Used:
     - Less than half a skein of I Love This Cotton Yarn in Sage
     - K10.5/6.5mm Hook (size larger than recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
     - Victorian Baby Bonnet Pattern (Paid Pattern)

Time Spent:
     This bonnet in the newborn size took roughly 45 minutes to complete including weaving in my ends.

     This pattern is available in sizes newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and toddler.
     My first hat was made in the newborn size - 5" x 5". 
     The ties measure 8" long.

Pattern Notes:
     I have used Jennifer's patterns before and met the gauge just fine, but with this pattern I had to go up a hook size to get the crown to be the correct size. With this change in hook size, I also had to adjust the number of rows I completed so I would get an accurate measurement.

     I ended up working the repeat seven (7) times and ended on a Wrong Side row, instead of a Right Side row as recommended in the pattern. 
I did try adding a row of slip stitches to compensate, however, it did not make a difference. I ended up taking it out and then moving onto the edging.
I thought that ending with the Right Side row would make my ties face outwards and not look backwards, but both ways that I worked it the ties still faced inwards and looked backwards. 
To work the ties without any part of it looking "backwards", chain your ties to your desired length and then work your slip stitches into the back bumps of the chain, NOT directly into the chain. This will make both sides of the chain look finished. 
My tip to you on working into the back bump is to use a hook that is one size larger so that the bumps will be a tad bit looser for working into them. This will take away from the frustration of working into tight stitches.

     I figured since I was working the smallest size bonnet that I should chain the shortest length for the ties, however, after working the 30 chains I found it to be a little too short and less flow-y than the ties in the photos. I ended up working a chain 35 instead.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing Your Own Victorian Baby Bonnet?
     I will be adding this bonnet in multiple sizes and colors to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your own color and/or size requests.
Find some color options here, I Love This Cotton Yarn. And sizes available are Newborn, 0-3 Months, 3-6 months, 6-12 Months and Toddler (1-3 Years).
     I will also be adding diaper covers to make this a cute little set. Feel free to send in your requests!

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  1. Very nice, Alexandra! May I suggest that since the bonnet is flaring a little bit (and slightly taller than the width) that next time you add one more row, but use a smaller hook for that last row? That's how I would have fixed it. ;) When I get a chance, I'll try to work one up again and double check my gauge. I know that I used a different yarn than usual for mine and that may be the difference. :)

    Crochet by Jennifer

    1. Honored to have you stop by :)
      Great suggestions! I have another color that I want to work this pattern up in and I will definitely follow your suggestions, and then update this post.

  2. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you at our party tonight, it starts at 7 pm. We love to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls