Tatted Baby Bonnet
TATTED BABY BONNET

The entire design is made up of simple medallions and rows of rings and chains. Using No. 50 crochet-cotton begin at center of crown with a medallion, made as follows:

1.
A ring of 3 double knots, (picot, 3 double knots) 3 times, close; a chain of 3 double knots, (picot, 3 double knots) 3 times; repeat until you have 8 rings and the same number of chains, joining each ring to preceding by side picot, and last ring also to 1st,  the last chain at base of 1st ring; fasten off neatly and securely.

2. A ring, as before, joining by middle picot to middle picot of chain of preceding row; a chain, as before; a ring, joining by 1st or side picot to last picot of preceding ring; a chain; repeat, joining a ring to each chain of preceding row, with a free ring between rings, 16 in all; join last ring to 1st, and last chain at base of 1st ring; fasten off.

3. Same as 2nd row, 32 rings in all.

4. A ring of 5 double knots, (5 double knots, picot ) 3 times, close; joining by middle picot to middle picot of chain of last row; a chain, as before; repeat, joining a ring to each chain, each ring to preceding by side picot, last ring also to 1st, and last chain at base of 1st ring; 32 rings in all. Fasten off.

5. Same as 4th row, only after joining 8 rings to 8 chains of preceding row, make a free chain; then again 8 joined rings, and so on, thus adding 4 rings, making the entire number 36. This completes the crown, which may be enlarged by additional rows same as 5th, if desired, increasing as required.

The front of the bonnet consists of 3 rows of 9 medallions each; join the 1st medallion by middle picots of 2 chains to middle picots of 2 chains of crown; join next and following medallions by middle picots of 2 chains to middle picots of 2 chains of preceding medallion (next above the chains of the latter which are joined to the crown), and by next 2 chains to 2 chains of the crown, missing 1 chain of crown between medallions. This leaves 2 free chains at top of each medallion. Join the 2nd row to 1st in same way--2 chains of each medallion to the  2 free chains of each medallion of preceding row, and the side chains to preceding medallion. A 4th row of medallions may be added for the larger cap, if required.

For the edge: A ring, as in 4th row, joining by middle picot to 1st of the 7 free chains at back of crown; a chain, as before; a ring, joining by side picot to side picot of preceding ring, and by middle picot to middle picot of next free chain. Repeat until you have joined 7 rings; then make a free ring (joining only to preceding ring), join next 2 rings to middle picots of 2 free chains of medallion; a free ring (always alternating with chain), join to next 2 medallions in same way, with free ring between medallions, then to turn the corner join a ring to 3rd picot of same chain last ring was joined to and to 1st picot of next chain, taken together, next ring to middle picot of same chain and next to middle picot of next chain of same (corner) medallion; a free ring, then 2 rings to 2 free chains of next medallion, repeat across front, turning the corner and working across lower edge as before; end with a free ring, joining also to 1st, and join last chain at base of 1st ring.

Thread half inch satin ribbon, blue or pink, through the spaces between 2nd and 3rd rows of medallions, and between 3rd row and edge, finishing with cunning rosettes and ties of the same ribbon.  (Nellie A. Johnson)

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