Child's Tatted Bonnet

By Mrs. C. B. Platt

Abbreviations:
R=ring
CH=chain
"-"=picot
"+"=join
rw=reverse work
p=picot(according to pattern stated)

First there is the bonnet which, prettily lined with silk or cashmere,
is suitable for any time of year. Commence in the center of the crown.
1. R: 1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1, cl, Tie and work in ends

2. R: 3+(to p of center r)3, cl, leave 1/4 inch thread, rw
R: 6-2-2-2-2-2-2-6, cl, leave 1/4 inch thread, rw
R: 3+(to next picot of center ring)3, cl, 1/4 inch thread, rw
R: 6+(to last p of adj large r)2-2-2-2-2-2-6, cl, 1/4 inch thread, rw
Continue, alternating large and small rings, joining last large ring to 1st
by side picot; fasten off.

3. R: 3+(to 3rd p of large r of last row)3, cl, leave 1/4 inch thread, rw
R: 5-2-2-2-2-5, cl, leave space, rw

R: 3+(to 5th p of same large r)3, cl, leave space rw
R: 5+(to last p of adj r in this row)2-2-2-2-5, cl, leave space, rw
Repeat around, alternating small and large rings, joining first and last large
rings together and small rings to the proceding row. Tie and work in ends.

4. R: 3-3+(to middle or 3rd p of r of last row)3-3, cl, rw
CH: 4-2-2-2-2-2-2-4, rw
Repeat ring and chain joining last chain at base of 1st ring.
Tie and work in ends

5. R: 5-2-2-2-2-2+(to 2nd p of ch of last row)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 6, do not rw
R: 5-2-2-2-2-5, cl rw
CH: 6, do not rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 6th p of same ch of last row)2-2-2-2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 6, do not rw
R: 5-2-2-2-2-5, cl rw
CH: 6, do not rw
Repeat sets of rings and chains all around. Tie and work in ends.

6. R: 5-2-2+(to middle p of r in last row)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 3-2-2-3, rw
Repeat rings and chains, leaving 6 free rings at the back, joining first picot to last picot of previous ring. Tie and work in ends.

7. Make a medallion as directed in 1st and 2nd rows, joining by middle picot of 2 consecutive rings of 2nd row to middle picot of 2nd and 3rd chains of last row, missing 1st chain of the row; make another medallion, joining to 7th and 8th chains (missing 3 from last joining) as before, make 1 free ring, join middle picot of next 2 rings to middle picot of 2 rings of preceding medallion, leaving a free ring between, and finish the medallion as usual. Make 4 more medallions and join as directed for 2nd medallion, which will leave 1 free chain at the end of last row.

8. To fill in the spaces between medallions and chains, 6th and 7th rows, make rings as follows;
R: 2-3+(to middle p of 2nd free ch between medallions)3-3+(to middle p of free r of medallion)3-3+(to middle p of free r of preceding medallion)1, cl, Tie and work in ends.
Fill in remaining 4 spaces in same way. At each end fill in with a smaller ring, thus:
R: 1-2-2-2+(to 1st p of free ch)2-2-2+(to middle p of free r)1, cl, Tie and work in ends.

9. R: 5-2-2+(to 2nd of the 3 free p on lower side of single ring last made)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 5th p of r at end of 6th row)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 4th p of 1st free r at back of neck)2-2-5, cl, rw
Make 4 more chains and rings joining rings to the middle picot of next ring and to previous rings.
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 2nd p of next r)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 1st p of r at beginning of 6th row)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to 2nd of 3 free p at lower side of single r)2-2-5, cl, rw
CH: 2-2-2-2-2-2, rw
R: 5+(to last p of prev r)2-2+(to middle p of next free r of medallion)2-2-5, cl, rw
Make several more rings joining rings to 3rd and 5th picots of eah of next 3 rings of medallion (always making a chain between rings, and joining each ring to preceding by 1st picot at side)
1 ring to next ring of medallion
* then make 2 free rings, join next ring to 2nd free ring of next medallion, 2 rings to next ring of medallion, repeat from * 4 times
Join 2 rings to each of next 2 rings of medallion, 1 ring to next, and fasten last chain at base of 1st ring.

10. Fill in the spaces between medallions and last row as follows:
R: 2-3+(to 4th p of 1st free r between medallions)2+(to 2nd p of next ring)3-3+(to middle p of free ring of medallion)3-3+(to middle p of free r of preceding medallion)1, cl. Tie and work in ends.

Fill in the remaining spaces, as directed, or in accordance with your own fancy.
This bonnet is very pretty, lined with silk or fine cashmere of delicate color, with bows of ribbon at each side, and ties to match.

Editor's Note: The finished bonnet WILL NOT fit an average size baby unless done in size 20 thread, maybe size 30 for a smaller than average baby. I would even suggest size 10 for more than a newborn. Special thanks to Kelly Mesey for prooftatting this bonnet.

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