Knit by Bit: free baby hat knitting pattern
This simple and free baby hat knitting pattern is perfect for knitting beginners and more seasoned crafters. Using super soft and stretchy MillaMia yarn, it’s a surefire hit.
Last minute baby showers can cause panic, especially if all the stores are already closed and it’s first thing in the morning. Sometimes, coworkers or acquaintances will have a baby and you want to give them a little something to welcome their little bundle of joy. This striped hat is designed to fit babies from 0 -6 months, 6 – 12 months, and 12 – 18 months. It’s a very simple (and free) baby hat knitting pattern with fun results, and is a great add on gift.
This hat is knit in the round, using DPNs, the magic loop method, or 2 circulars. However you like to knit in the round is fine, so long as you are knitting in the round. This pattern is a good choice for beginners just learning how to knit in the round, and it’s simple enough that it can be a staple pattern in your knitting arsenal.
The featured yarn is MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran, a 100% merino wool yarn with extreme softness and stretch. With a varied color palette and new exclusive yarn shades, it’s a great go to choice for baby knitwear. I chose Damson and Emerald green for this project, but you could of course use any combination of shades. You will need one ball of each shade, and you will be able to make at least 2 hats with this amount of yarn.
You will need:
MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran in 2 shades, one ball of each
5mm (Us 7) DPNs, or a circular for magic loop
This hat includes sizing for 0 – 6 months, 6 – 12 months, and 12 – 18 months. The first size listed in the pattern is the smallest size, and the following instructions are listed (in parenthesis).
Cast on 64 (68, 72) stitches using the Damson shade, place stitch marker to mark the start of the round, and join to work in the round. Work in a K2P2 rib for 4 (5, 6) rounds.
When beginning round 5 (6, 7), switch to the Emerald Green shade, and from now on you will be knitting every round to create a stocking stitch fabric.
Change colors every 2 rows.
When the hat measures 5 (7, 8) inches from the cast on edge, start the next section.
On your next round, K2tog across all stitches to reduce them by half.
Knit the next round.
Next round: K2tog across all stitches to reduce them by half again.
Knit the next round, and pull using a tapestry needle, pull yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.
To finish the hat, weave in all ends, and make a pom pom for the top if you wish.
Voila – one baby hat!
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Last updated: August 4th, 2017.