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Easy and Basic Baby Hat! Free Knitting Pattern with How to Knit Step-by-Step Videos.

Updated on April 15, 2016

Babies need hats for all season to cover their small and delicate heads. Every baby looks adorable in a knit hat. Knitted baby hat is a sweet and speedy gift and it can also be used for your favorite charity.

Knitting a baby hat is not difficult but a great small project. This pattern is very basic and an easiest one. It is absolutely seamless and small scale project for new knitters who want to learn knit in the round technique. Knitters can use double pointed needles or a circular needle. For beginner knitters, I add a video of "How to knit easy and basic baby hat" in which using double pointed needles.

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Be sure to use soft baby yarn

There are many kinds of yarn and baby yarn is one of the softest yarns for knitting. Choose a soft baby yarn for your little angel.

Materials you will need

  • Four US #6 (4 mm) double pointed needles or a circular needle
  • Yarn needle
  • Category 4 medium worsted weight yarn total approx. 50 to 100 yards. Color A (White) approx. 42 yards to 86 yards and Color B (Yellow) 8 yards to 14 yards
  • A stitch marker for circular needle user

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How to choose a size

Babies are different. When you choose to knit a hat, do not rely on age, check and measure your baby head first.

Sizes and Gauge

Size: (0-3, 3-6, 6-12) months

Actual Baby Head Circumference: (13”~14”, 14”~17”, 16”~19”)

Hat Circumference:

Approx. (11.5”, 14.5”, 17”)

Hat Height: Approx. (5”, 5.5”, 6.5”)

Gauge: 22 sts x 30 rows = 4” x 4” in Stocking sts

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Abbreviations and explanations

K = Knit

P = Purl

K2tog = Knit two stitches together

Pattern Instructions

With Color A, cast on (64, 80, 96) stitches evenly on three US #6 (4 mm) double pointed needles. Make sure not to twist and join to knit in the round.

OR

Cast on (64, 80, 96) stitches with a US #6 (4 mm) circular needle by using yarn Color A. Make sure not to twist and join to knit in the round. Place a marker to remember the starting stitch.

Rounds 1-4: (K1, P1) around.

Round 5: Change Color B and (K1, P1) around.

Rounds 6-8: (K1, P1) around.

Round 9: Change Color A and (K1, P1) around.

Round 10: (K1, P1) around.

Round 11: K around.

Repeat Round 11 to reach Round (26, 34, 42) OR the hat measures approx. (3.25”, 3.75”, 5.25”) from the cast on edge.

Start to shape top.

Round 1: (K6, K2tog) around. (56, 70, 84) sts

Round 2: K around.

Round 3: (K5, K2tog) around. (48, 60, 72) sts

Round 4: K around.

Round 5: (K4, K2tog) around. (40, 50, 60) sts

Round 6: K around.

Round 7: (K3, K2tog) around. (32, 40, 48) sts

Round 8: K around.

Round 9: (K2, K2tog) around. (24, 30, 36) sts

Round 10: K around.

Round 11: (K1, K2tog) around. (16, 20, 24) sts

Round 12: K around.

Round 13: (K2tog) around. (8, 10, 12) sts

Cut the yarn about 10 inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, draw up firmly, fasten securely and weave in the wrong side of work. Weave in the other ends too.

This pattern is not for commercial use. Please do not resell, distribute or reprint this pattern unless expressly for your own use and convenience.

How to knit Step-by-step Video for the hat pattern!

This video is what I made for beginners. It is showing for (0-3) months baby hat. (3-6) and (6-12) months are described in parenthesis respectively. I am using four double pointed needles in the video. You can also use five double pointed needles if you want.

Decorate your baby hat with a little crochet!

For baby girls, you can decorate your baby hat with a beautiful crochet flower. These are sample baby hat pictures with a crochet flower. You can imagine how beautiful your baby will be with these baby hats on.

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A video how to crochet a flower for a baby hat!

This video is showing how to crochet a flower for baby hats. This is a cute and fun way to decorate them. It is not difficult but beautiful.

How to make a pom pom!

It doesn't matter if the baby is boy or girl, you can fix with a pom pom on the hat. This video is showing how to make a pom pom for a baby hat. Take a look.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      This is a sup cute pattern. I love how fun, quick, and adorable baby patterns are! Voted up and thanks for sharing!!

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      whiteflowerneedle 3 years ago

      Thank you for comment :)

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      Roseann 2 years ago

      Instead of counting rows by any chance did you just measure up from the bottom for sizing?

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      whiteflowerneedle 2 years ago

      Hi Roseann, Some people likes row by row instructions but I should put the measurements too. Thanks for asking.

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      Newbie 2 years ago

      As simple as this pattern is, you should explain to novice knitters who trimy it that it cannot be completed in circular needles unless they are using the magic loop or then must switch to double pointed needle once they start to decrease. The decreased number of stitched will be too tight to fit "16 circular needle after a few rows of decreasing

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      Newbie 2 years ago

      Forgive me typo... The word should be try!

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      Lisa 22 months ago

      I used 9" circular needles and it was a bit tight at the end after decreasing, but it's manageable.

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      Alisson 16 months ago

      I love this! But I screwed up, I need to go back but don't know how to un-do/un-knit - what do I do? Thanks for your help :)

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      Irene 15 months ago

      I loved this pattern. After watching the video I was able to successfully make this cute hat on DP needles. It was a real step ahead for me in my knitting adventure. I was sure I couldn't use DP needles but now I will be using them more often. Thank you Christy Hill.

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      T Chandler 11 months ago

      Ok, I've been wanting to expand my knit and try dpk. So that means I have to divide the 64 amongst 3 needles? so two get 31 and one gets 32?

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      Julia 11 months ago

      T Chandler, yes, that's what I usually do! For this project, it does not matter so much how many stitches are on each individual needle, so long as they are pretty equal.

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