Knit Bow Baby Hats

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Knit a sweet little Bow Baby Hat with this free pattern!

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So recently I’ve been obsessed with making these cute little knit bow baby hats. They make for easy and super adorable gifts and I have had a bunch of friends recently have girls. I first saw them on pinterest linked to this post from Twenty Something Granny (which is an awesome blog name, by the way) but it doesn’t look like she’s blogged in almost three years. And her pattern is for a teeny tiny hat for a newborn and is knitted flat and I wanted to make a bigger version for baby V knit in the round. So I basically used my standard hat pattern in 3-6 month size and added a stripe and bow.  Here’s my version, inspired by hers. Incidentally, while searching I found a ton of similar hats in crochet but very few knit, I wonder why that is? Oh and prepare yourself for waaay too many pics of Baby V. You know that saying that second children never have as many photos taken of them as first children? Yeah, that’s not going to happen here, lol!

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Knit Bow Baby Hat (size 6 months, see PDF version for other sizes!)

The Hat:

Worsted or sport weight yarn in a main color and an accent color

Circular 16-Inch Knitting Needles, Size 7

7-Inch Double pointed knitting needles, Size 7

Yarn needle

(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)

Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the main yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rows.

Stay with main color and knit 2 rows.

Switch to accent yarn  and knit 4 rows.

Switch back to main yarn and knit until the hat in about 4 1/2 inches long.

Decrease:

Round 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Round 2: Knit all stitches

Round 3: Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Round 4: Knit all stitches

Round 5: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:

  • Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
  • Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
  • Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.

Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.

Round 7: Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round

Round 9: Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round

Round 11: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round

Round 13: Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.

Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.

The Bow:

Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Cast on 14 stitches

All rows: k all stitches for 7 or 9 rows

Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Cast off and weave in loose ends. Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Then, take a long piece of yarn and tie it around the middle of the knit rectangle like this:Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Trim the short end and then wrap the long end around and around the middle of the bow, neatly until the center is as big as you want it. Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Thread the long end on a yarn needle, turn your bow to the back and insert it through the wound yarn and knot to secure the end. Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Knit Bow Baby Headband | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Then, using that same long tail, use your yarn needle to securely stitch the bow to the front of the hat on the stripe. Make sure you attach it really well since this is an item for babies.

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I used some sparkly silver yarn for this next one…

Knit Bow Baby Hats | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Knit Bow Baby Hats | littleredwindow.com | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one!I’m pretty sure she likes it…

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The PDF printable pattern also contains instructions for sizes 0-3 months, 12 months, and 2T+!

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50 thoughts on “Knit Bow Baby Hats

      1. Is there a way to print out this pattern and not print out 25 pages of advertisements and pictures? I have looked all over the site and I don’t see a link to only the pattern. Thanks – it’s adorable. I always have to print and highlight my pattern so I can follow along.

        1. Debbie, click on the green icon (more options) to the right of the email icon. Here you’ll find a choice for a print friendly version. You can even delete pictures and paragraphs that you don’t need. As an alternative, I sometimes simply copy and paste into a word document.

          1. Well…the print friendly option is certainly a joke! Didn’t make one bit of difference…still had way too many wasted pages. I did a cut and paste to get what I needed……..certainly is an adorable pattern, so I couldn’t resist in spite of the paper waste.

      2. Kathy, you do know that you can delete pictures and text through the print friendly version? That does take care of some of it. Personally I normally copy and paste into a word document. That way I can arrange it whichever way I want. But you’re right the pattern is adorable..

        1. I love this little pattern and also want to save it to use later….

          I tried the print option and had no choice to delete anything. It said there was 1 page but printed 14 with full page sized photos.

          I also tried the one note option and that too put it on 14 separate pages instead of all on one.

          Lastly I tried copy and paste into word and adjusted it myself to fit 3 pages. It took a lot of doing and having to move pictures to the back. I couldn’t simply reduce the size of things. I shall now put that version into my OneNote so it will be available where every I may be..:)

          All worth it to get a good print version of this beautiful little simple baby hat.
          Maybe an edited version needs to be able so as not to have to print 14 pages for some people.

      3. Hi Cassie May
        I have added a comment about the print/saving options for you beautiful pattern.
        I hope you don’t think I am having a go at you….simply trying to make it more printer friendly 🙂 I have never tried adding anything to a web site so I wouldn’t know where to start so as I say, no criticism meant, just observation. I certainly kept the pictures of your adorable little lady, just reduced them so they didn’t each fill an A4 page….
        I look forward to knitting this little hat. 🙂

  1. That’s gorgeous, pinning for the next person I know having a girl!
    I think the crochet hat thing is because crochet is so quick, you can make a baby hat in the time it takes to watch a film, but sometimes you just wanna knit, don’t you?
    I made a huge effort to photograph baby 2 and 3 and still it seems like I have a fraction of the number of pictures. You end up with lots of group shots or older siblings photobombing if you are not careful so the idea to take lots of them on their own is lovely – they will appreciate it in later years!

    1. Thank you Julie! I think you’re right about crochet. It’s also a little easier to learn for some people. But for whatever reason I find knitting more soothing. Baby V is lucky her big brother is in school all day, she gets lots of undivided attention 🙂 now I’m having the opposite problem, I’ve got to remember to take more pics of O, lol!

  2. These hats are so adorable!!! Love it!! I am super excited to knit it to my 1 year old daughter! However, she is as big as a 2 years old girl… I am new at knitting… Could you please help me to figure out how I should increase the size of the hat? Many thanks!!!

    1. It will depend on your yarn, your tension and the size of your daughter’s head so I can’t say exactly what would fit her. You can increase the pattern by adding multiples of 8 stitches to the cast on though. So I would probably add at least 16 and see if that fits her. It will only change the cast on # of stitches, which will make the overall hat bigger. After that you can still follow the pattern (and decrease) as written. And make the bow the same way also. Does that help? 🙂

    2. Hi there…I think you would also need to make the hat a little deeper.
      This is a rough guide to hat sizes from Bevs Country Cottage
      IMPORTANT!  * Height given here is measured BEFORE you turn the brim up – from the bottom of the hat to the center top of hat. (This is NOT the actual height of the head as measurements assume you will be turning up a brim.)  Hats can be made taller if you want a larger brim to fold up. 
      On newborn hats I plan to fold up about 1″ for a brim, on adult hats I usually figure 2″ – 3″ or so for a brim, but this varies according to personal preference.

      Preemies
      (I have been told by many NICU nurses that Bev’s Baby Ribs hat ideal hat to knit for preemies and newborns  because it has so much stretch and will fit several sizes of babies.)
      1 – 1.5 lbs  (Babies born between 23-25 weeks fit within these weights)  
      Baby’s Head Circumference is 7″ – 8″  18 – 20 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 6″ – 6.5″ 15.5 – 16.5 cm)  Height of hat should be 3″ – 3..25″  8 cm

      2 lbs 1kg  (Babies born between 26-27 weeks fit within these weights)
      Baby’s Head Circumference is 9″ – 10″  23-25 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 7.5″ -8″ 18.5 -20 cm)  Height of hat should be 3.5 – 4″ 10cm

      2 – 3 lbs  1.4 kg  (Babies born between 27 – 31 weeks fit within these weights)
      Head Circumference 10″ – 11 1/4″  25-28 cm hat circ = 8.5″ – 10″ 22-25 cm   Hat height  = 4″ 10 cm

      4 – 5 lbs  2 kg  (Babies born between 32 – 34 weeks fit within these weights)
      Head Circumference 11 1/2″ – 12 1/2″  28-33 cm hat circ = 9″ – 11.5″ 23-28 cm  Hat height = 4 to 4.5″  10-11cm

      5 1/2 – 6 lbs  2.7 kg
      Head Circumference 12 1/2″ – 13″  31-33 cm  hat circ = 11″ – 12″ 28-33 cm  Hat height =  5 to 5.5″ 13-15 cm

      Newborns 
      Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm

      Baby – 3 to 6 months  
      Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; hat circ = 12″ – 14″ Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm

      Baby – 6 to 12 months
      Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  hat circ = 13″ to 16″ Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm

      Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years) 
      Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; hat circ = 16″ to 18″ Hat height = 8″  20 cm

      Child (3 – 10 years) 
      Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; hat circ = 17″ to 19″ Hat height =8.5″  22cm

      Pre-teens and Teens Hat
      Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; hat circ = 18″ to 20 1/2″ height 9-10″  25 cm

      Adult Woman
      Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  hat circ = 20″ to 21 1/2″ Hat height = 11″ 

      Adult Man

      Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; hat circ = 21″ to 23″ Hat height = 11″-11.5″ 

      1. Oh gosh, that’s a really good point Caroline! I wasn’t thinking straight! Yes, if you make it bigger, also make it taller! Thank you for chiming in, I love this size guide, so helpful!! xo!

  3. Such an adorable hat! Could you please clarify the following for me…for the body of the hat, the instructions say to knit all rows. The photos look like it is the stockinette stitch.

  4. I’ve made this in two colorways for my future granddaughter (due in May). It’s very quick to make and I am not a fast knitter. I made one in a weekend when I found time here and there. It is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to see baby Ellie in her hats!

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    1. Hi! To tell you the truth, I have no idea what that one was, I’m so sorry! Most of the time I use Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn because I like their color choices but that was something I had leftover in my stash. Any worsted weight yarn will do though! Sorry I’m not more help! 🙂

  6. I’ve been trying to find the free 6 month pattern but no matter where I look, I get a “Oops that page is not available.” Can you help me? Thanks much

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