This simple baby hat pattern is easy for even for beginners. Like our other free knitting patterns for babies, this easy baby hat pattern uses a combination of the double cast on stitch, the garter stitch, the stocking stitch and a perfect k2tog bind off. You will quickly learn why this is considered one of the easiest crochet baby hat knitting patterns.
Info For Beginners
K=Knit (ie, K7=Knit 7 stitches)
General Info on how to Knit and follow a pattern, is available here.
The Double method of casting on, which is neat and gives you an already-knitted row, is shown here!
Small (12-18 months) to fit head 17 inches circumference
Medium (3-5 yrs) to fit head 19 inches circumference
Large (6-8 yrs) to fit head 21 inches circumference
Set of US size 6 (or 4mm) double-pointed needles
worsted weight yarn
4 1/2 stitches/inch
The Basic Hat
Instructions are for the smallest size, with larger 2 in parentheses. To alter hat to account for different gauge or size, just
remember to keep the number of initial stitches divisible by 8. (I've used 72; you may use 80, 88, etc)
Cast on 72 (80, 88) sts and join to form a round.
Knit 6 (8, 8) rows of garter stitch
Knit stocking stitch until you reach 2 1/4 (2 1/2, 2 1/2) inches in from bottom edge of hat
Decrease for top
[K7 K2tog] repeat to end of round. Knit 2 rounds
[K6 K2tog] repeat to end of round. Knit 2 rounds
[K5 K2tog] repeat to end of round. Knit 2 rounds
[K4 K2tog] repeat to end of round
[K3 K2tog] repeat to end of round
[K2 K2tog] repeat to end of round
[K1 K2tog] repeat to end of round
[K2tog] repeat, until only 1 stitch remains
Break yarn, thread through stitch, and fasten off neatly.
Sew in all loose ends.
The red "row" was added afterwards with a loose crochet: one crochet stitch for each knit stitch.
As an obvious alternative, one could knit it in, instead, as the first stocking stitch row. One could also cross-stitch the row. Also, I ended up crocheting ear-flaps on it, for warmth and to keep it on the head!