Football Baby Knit Pattern

Knit Baby bonnet and football

Baby Football Set Knit Pattern

If there’s anyone who knows the spirit of celebration….it’s a football fan!  It’s clear true football fans are totally in the moment as they rocket out of their chairs repeatedly….cheering, jeering, and beering in my experience, haha.

If you’ve witnessed this football fan phenomenon, then you know that the love of the game doesn’t totally end after the moment either.  Which is one reason that this crochet football baby pattern has been such a huge hit with my followers for a while now.  Football lovers find this set SUPER cute….which makes it an awesome touch-down (hehehe….pardon my inclination to always make cheesy jokes) of a baby gift.

This free knit football pattern features both a bonnet and a football stuffie and features sport weight yarn and size 3.75mm (US5) knitting needles.

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Football Baby Bonnet & Stuffie Set Knit Pattern

Average Head Circumference Size Chart

Newborn:

13-14″ (33-35.5cm)

0-3 Months:

14-15″ (35.5-38cm)

3-6 Months:

14-17″ (35.5-43cm)

6-12 Months:

16-19″ (40.5-48cm)

Toddler 1-3 Years:

18-20″ (45.75-50.75cm)

Football Stuffie Pattern

 

Materials

  • Yarn: Approximately 85 yards of Sport Weight (2) yarn for smaller sizes and approx. 275 yards for larger sizes
  • Size 3.75mm (US5) Straight Needles and Double Pointed Needles (or use the Magic Loop Method) OR whatever size is needed to obtain gauge
  • Polyfill or scrap yarn for stuffing football
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle

Gauge

14 sts and 22 rows = 2 inches (5 centimeters) in Stockinette Stitch

***It is important to check your gauge!***

Abbreviations

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • K2tog: Knit the next two sts together
  • P2tog: Purl the next two sts together
  • KFB: Knit the next stitch through the front and the back (increase by 1 stitch)
  • **: Repeat the section in between the two stars as specified

Newborn Bonnet Pattern

Cast on 77 sts onto Straight Needles using brown yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Pick up white yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Row 3: K2 (brown), *K1 (white), K2 (brown)* Repeat across

Row 4: P2 (brown), *P1 (white), P2 (brown)* Repeat across

Drop brown yarn.  Do not cut.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Pick up brown yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Rows 7&8: Repeat Rows 3&4

Drop and cut white yarn.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Repeat Rows 9&10 until your piece measures approx. 4.5” (11.5cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 9.

Move sts to Double Pointed Needles or use the Magic Loop Method.

Join in the round and place stitch marker.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (63 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (56 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (49 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 9: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (14 total sts)

Round 10: *K2tog* Repeat around (7 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the back of bonnet.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the bonnet.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cut two strands of yarn approx. 38 inches long and pull them in a loop through a front corner of your project.  Pull the ends of the yarn through this loop (this attaches the yarn without any knots, and makes your project look smoother).  Separate the yarn into three sections and braid them to desired length.  Secure and cut yarn evenly on the ends.  Repeat on the other side of the bonnet as well.

Baby 0-3 Months Pattern

Cast on 83 sts onto Straight Needles using brown yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Pick up white yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Row 3: K2 (brown), *K1 (white), K2 (brown)* Repeat across

Row 4: P2 (brown), *P1 (white), P2 (brown)* Repeat across

Drop brown yarn.  Do not cut.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Pick up brown yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Rows 7&8: Repeat Rows 3&4

Drop and cut white yarn.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Repeat Rows 9&10 until your piece measures approx. 5” (12.75cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 9.

Move sts to Double Pointed Needles or use the Magic Loop Method.

Join in the round and place stitch marker.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K11, K2tog, K12* Repeat two more times, K2 (77 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (63 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (56 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (49 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 9: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 10: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (14 total sts)

Round 11: *K2tog* Repeat around (7 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the back of bonnet.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the bonnet.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cut two strands of yarn approx. 38 inches long and pull them in a loop through a front corner of your project.  Pull the ends of the yarn through this loop (this attaches the yarn without any knots, and makes your project look smoother).  Separate the yarn into three sections and braid them to desired length.  Secure and cut yarn evenly on the ends.  Repeat on the other side of the bonnet as well.

Baby 3-6 Months Pattern

Cast on 92 sts onto Straight Needles using brown yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Pick up white yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Row 3: K2 (brown), *K1 (white), K2 (brown)* Repeat across

Row 4: P2 (brown), *P1 (white), P2 (brown)* Repeat across

Drop brown yarn.  Do not cut.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Pick up brown yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Rows 7&8: Repeat Rows 3&4

Drop and cut white yarn.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Repeat Rows 9&10 until your piece measures approx. 5.25” (13.5cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 9.

Move sts to Double Pointed Needles or use the Magic Loop Method.

Join in the round and place stitch marker.

Decreases:

Round 1: K45, K2tog, K45 (91 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (77 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (63 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (56 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (49 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Round 9: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Round 10: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 11: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 12: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (14 total sts)

Round 13: *K2tog* Repeat around (7 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the back of bonnet.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the bonnet.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cut two strands of yarn approx. 38 inches long and pull them in a loop through a front corner of your project.  Pull the ends of the yarn through this loop (this attaches the yarn without any knots, and makes your project look smoother).  Separate the yarn into three sections and braid them to desired length.  Secure and cut yarn evenly on the ends.  Repeat on the other side of the bonnet as well.

 

Baby 6-12 Months Pattern

Cast on 98 sts onto Straight Needles using brown yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Pick up white yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Row 3: K2 (brown), *K1 (white), K2 (brown)* Repeat across

Row 4: P2 (brown), *P1 (white), P2 (brown)* Repeat across

Drop brown yarn.  Do not cut.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Pick up brown yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Rows 7&8: Repeat Rows 3&4

Drop and cut white yarn.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Repeat Rows 9&10 until your piece measures approx. 5.75” (14.5cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 9.

Move sts to Double Pointed Needles or use the Magic Loop Method.

Join in the round and place stitch marker.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K12* Repeat around (91 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (77 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (63 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (56 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (49 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Round 9: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Round 10: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 11: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 12: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (14 total sts)

Round 13: *K2tog* Repeat around (7 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the back of bonnet.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the bonnet.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cut two strands of yarn approx. 38 inches long and pull them in a loop through a front corner of your project.  Pull the ends of the yarn through this loop (this attaches the yarn without any knots, and makes your project look smoother).  Separate the yarn into three sections and braid them to desired length.  Secure and cut yarn evenly on the ends.  Repeat on the other side of the bonnet as well.

Toddler 1-3 Year Pattern

Cast on 104 sts onto Straight Needles using brown yarn

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Pick up white yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Row 3: K2 (brown), *K1 (white), K2 (brown)* Repeat across

Row 4: P2 (brown), *P1 (white), P2 (brown)* Repeat across

Drop brown yarn.  Do not cut.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Pick up brown yarn and alternate between the two colors, carrying the un-used yarn behind your work.

Rows 7&8: Repeat Rows 3&4

Drop and cut white yarn.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Repeat Rows 9&10 until your piece measures approx. 6.25” (15.75cm) from the cast on edge.

End on a repeat of row 9.

Move sts to Double Pointed Needles or use the Magic Loop Method.

Join in the round and place stitch marker.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K15* Repeat 5 more times, K2 (98 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K12* Repeat around (91 total sts)

Round 3: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (84 total sts)

Round 4: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (77 total sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Round 6: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (63 total sts)

Round 7: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (56 total sts)

Round 8: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (49 total sts)

Round 9: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Round 10: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Round 11: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 12: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 13: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (14 total sts)

Round 14: *K2tog* Repeat around (7 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the back of bonnet.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the bonnet.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cut two strands of yarn approx. 38 inches long and pull them in a loop through a front corner of your project.  Pull the ends of the yarn through this loop (this attaches the yarn without any knots, and makes your project look smoother).  Separate the yarn into three sections and braid them to desired length.  Secure and cut yarn evenly on the ends.  Repeat on the other side of the bonnet as well.


Football Stuffie Pattern

(Measures approx. 4” (10.25cm) long and approx. 6” (15.25cm) in Circumference)

Cast on 6 sts onto Double Pointed Needles using brown yarn.

Join in the round and Place stitch marker.

Round 1: *KFB, K1* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 2: *KFB, K2* Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 3: *KFB, K3* Repeat around (15 total sts)

Round 4: *KFB, K4* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 5: *KFB, K5* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 6: *KFB, K6* Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 7: *KFB, K7* Repeat around (27 total sts)

Round 8: *KFB, K8* Repeat around (30 total sts)

Round 9: *KFB, K9* Repeat around (33 total sts)

Round 10: *KFB, K10* Repeat around (36 total sts)

Drop Base Color 1 Yarn.  Do not Cut.  Pick up Accent Color 2 Yarn

Round 11: *KFB, K11* Repeat around (39 total sts)

Round 12: *KFB, K12* Repeat around (42 total sts)

Drop and cut Accent Color 2 Yarn.  Pick up Base Color 1 Yarn.

Round 13: Knit

Repeat Round 13 until your project measures approx. 3 inches (7.5cm) in length from the starting point.

Drop Base Color 1 Yarn.  Do not Cut.  Pick up Accent Color 2 Yarn

Round 14: *K2tog, K12* Repeat around (39 total sts)

Round 15: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (36 total sts)

Stop at this point to secure any ends and stuff your football.  You may need to also add some stuffing during the next few rows of decreases.

Drop and cut Accent Color 2 Yarn.  Pick up Base Color 1 Yarn.

Round 16: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (33 total sts)

Round 17: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (30 total sts)

Round 18: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (27 total sts)

Round 19: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 20: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (21 total sts)

Round 21: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (18 total sts)

Round 22: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (15 total sts)

Round 23: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 24: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (9 total sts)

Round 25: *K2tog, K1* Repeat around (6 total sts)

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of football.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the football.  Secure and weave in ends.

Use your yarn needle and your white yarn to embroider some lacing onto the center of the football.

 

 

 

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