My Baby Hat Pattern

I’ve recently been sent a request to post my baby hat pattern. My husband asked if I wanted to copy-write it,  NO, it’s not exactly ALL MINE. I took part of a pattern from baby hats we knit for a charity site, decreased the ‘folded brim’ (I didn’t really like them, so I changed it), and then added/adjusted the decreasing at the top of the hat. I guess this pattern would be ‘my’ version of 2 other patterns (plus some I saw on line). It works for me. I don’t like knitting ‘in the round’ either with circular needles or using 4-5 small needles (think ‘sock knitting’), therefore MY pattern is knit ‘flat‘ then sewed up. It’s just what’s easiest FOR ME. Some of my knitter friends in my Knit Group gently ‘make fun’ of me sewing up the side seams, letting me know that there is NO WAY they would be bothered with that – oh well, each to their own, yes? Here goes:

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 Newborn & Premie hats

Baby Hat Pattern

Size 6 & 10 knitting needles

baby or Sport-weight yarn,

darning/yarn needle

Terms:

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together

Stockinette Stitch: Knit one row,

Purl the next row

Newborn Hat

Using size 6 needles, Cast On: 54 stitches.

Brim: 

Using a Ribbing Pattern (K1,P1, K1, etc.)

Knit/Purl/Knit every row until it measures 3/4 inch from

beginning edge to row on needles, ending with PURL row.

If you plan to make the hat in the same color yarn

as the brim, switch to size 10 needles and KNIT next

row. If you wish to change colors, begin next KNIT

row with new color, cut brim yarn, leaving about

2 inches for sewing up seam later. Continue

Stockinette Stitch(knit one row, Purl next) until you

have 5 inches (measuring from brim to last row

purled.

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Begin Decreasing (on knit row):

Decrease Row 1:

*K2 together, K2, K2tog, K2*, repeat * to end of row,

ending with K2tog. (40 stitches on needle)

Dec. Row 2: Purl

Dec. Row 3:

*K2 tog, K2, K2 tog,* repeat * to end of row,

ending with K 2 (30 stitches on needle)

Dec. Row 4: Purl

Dec. Row 5:

*K2 tog, K1, K2tog, K1* repeat to end of row,

ending with K1 (20 stitches on needle)

Dec. Row 6: Purl

Dec. Row 7:

*K2tog, K1,K2tog,K1* repeat to end of row,

ending with K2tog. (13 stitches on needle)

Dec. Row 8: Purl

Dec. Row 9:

*K2 tog.* repeat to end of row – you will

have 7 stitches on needle.

Cut yarn, leaving about 10 inches for sewing

side seam. Thread needle with yarn, draw

needle through remaining 7 stitches & pull

up tightly; fasten off by running needle through

several of the 7 stitches, again. Turn hat so that

inside of hat faces outward, then sew

up side seam; work in end of yarn and cut.

Turn hat ‘right side’ out.

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Premie Baby Hat

Using size 6 needles, Cast on 44 stitches

Brim: K1, P1, K1, etc. to end of row. Continue this ribbing for 1 1/2 inches.  Switch to size 10 needles with next row.

Body of hat: Knit first row, Purl next, (stockinette stitch) until piece measures a total of 4 1/2  inches from cast on edge.

Row 1 (decreasing): K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, K2* rep. to end (33 st.)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, K1* rep to end (22 st.)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, K2* rep to end (16 st)

Row 6:Purl

Row 7: K2tog all stitches to end of row (8 st left on needle)

Cut yarn, leaving about 9 inches for sewing side seam. Thread needle with yarn, draw needle through remaining 8 stitches & pull up tightly; fasten off by running needle through several of the 8 stitches, again. Turn hat so that inside of hat faces outward, then sew up side seam; work in end of yarn

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