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Easy Knit Newborn Baby Hat

 

January 29, 2022

Knit a New Born Hat

Size 6 Needles – American (equals size 8 UK needles)

Medium Weight (4) Yarn (I like to use a soft yarn like Red Heart Soft)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch (or 2 stitches per centimeter)

Finished hat will be about 10″ around

Cast on 48 stitches

Work in Knit 1, Purl 1 ribbing for 1″  (about 6 rows)

Then knit in Stockinette Stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 3″ inches. End with a purl row. Piece will now measure 4″ from the beginning.

Begin Decrease for top of hat:

Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (24 stitches)

Next Row: Purl across

Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (12 stitches)

Next Row: Purl across

Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (6 stitches)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing up seam. Thread the tail of yarn through a large eye needle and then pull through the stitches to remove them from the needle. Pull stitches tight to gather. Sew seam down side of hat with remaining yarn. Make pom pom and fasten to top of hat.

Ideas For Striped

Baby Hats

Here are a few ways you can add stripes to the knit newborn baby hat pattern. I find it usually takes me 18 rows to make the 3" body portion of the hat after the ribbing. Therefore all these stripe patterns are for 18 rows but they are simple patterns that you could easily adjust as needed. I always do the ribbing in the main color, and then proceed on to do the stripes.

Note: MC = Main Color;

CC = Contrasting Color

Wide Stripe Pattern:

Do Ribbing in MC

Then in stockinette stitch:

4 rows: MC

4 rows: CC

4 rows: MC

4 rows: CC (break off contrasting color)

2 rows: MC

Continuing in main color, begin decrease rows and complete the hat

Skinny Stripe Pattern:

Do Ribbing in MC

Then in stockinette stitch:

2 rows: MC

2 rows: CC

2 rows: MC

2 rows: CC

2 rows: MC

2 rows: CC

2 rows: MC

2 rows: CC (break off contrasting color)

2 rows: MC

Continuing in main color, begin decrease rows and complete the hat.

2 Stripe Pattern:

Do Ribbing in MC

Then in stockinette stitch:

4 rows: MC

2 rows: CC

4 rows: MC

2 rows: CC  (break off contrasting color)

6 rows MC

Continuing in main color, begin decrease rows and complete the hat.

Making the Pom Poms

To finish off the hat with a pom pom, I always use my pom pom maker that I bought at the craft store several years ago. I have the Susan Bates brand pom pom maker, although my old one looks a little different than the version they are selling now.

 

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