This is the perfect basic easy baby hat knitting pattern; it’s been tested hundreds of times, it’s a quick, easy knit and it makes a great baby shower gift!
You guys! I am soooo excited about this! A couple weeks ago, I was brainstorming with my sketchbook and graph paper, looking over all the patterns I’ve published and all the patterns I have already designed but haven’t published yet, and trying to figure out what was missing, when something hit me!
I get quite a few questions from people who want to make one of my hats but are new to knitting and so they have questions. Which is cool, there’s no better way to learn than to jump right in!
BUT you know what was totally missing on this site? BASIC easy baby hat knitting patterns. (I have them now, check ’em all out here!)
It was a big, DUH moment for me. The great thing about easy baby hat knitting patterns is that you can customize them in a million different ways, add two color stripes, add multicolor stripes, add a pom pom on top, make the brim a different color, knit in two different textures of yarn…the list goes on and on.
But you can’t customize a basic knitting pattern if I don’t GIVE you a basic knitting pattern. And aside from my Do-Gooder quick knit hat (which admittedly is pretty awesome, has been downloaded hundreds of times and and is super fast to knit because it uses bulky weight yarn) I don’t have any super easy baby hat patterns!
So I’m starting a new Back-to-Basics knitting pattern series where I will share classic, time-tested simple, basic & easy baby hat knitting patterns.
They make great baby shower gifts, they make great donations to hospitals and charities, and they will all be quick and easy to knit!
The most fun thing about working on this series, was that I bought myself some really nice yarn to make these samples and so it was just fun to knit them up. And yes, I KNOW I said I rarely knit for babies in wool, but you guys, I needed some variety!
So, I picked some pretty colors that would photograph well and I enjoyed every minute of working with this gorgeous yarn. But if you don’t want to splurge, here are my fave yarns for knitting and crochet for babies!
This week we’re starting with THE basic easy baby hat knitting pattern, it’s a classic hat with a ribbed brim and the rest of the hat knit in stockinette stitch.
This hat is knit in the round. (Fear not, friends, a flat knit hat is coming!)
It knits up pretty quickly and the rounds of stockinette are easy and soothing to work on.
This basic baby hat pattern is also the base for some of my other fun patterns so you can rest assured that it’s been tested by hundreds of knitters with great reviews on Etsy and Ravelry.
Looking for the pattern? Here’s how it works: This pattern is available for FREE in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or for just a few dollars, you can choose to purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is nicely formatted and easy to print. Besides being easy to print, the PDF pattern also contains MORES SIZES with instructions for additional sizing including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! Thank you for supporting Little Red Window!
Or download the PDF pattern from Ravelry here:buy now
Basic Easy Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
(12 mo. size, see PDF for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months and 2T+)
Basic Easy Baby Hat Knitting Pattern Supply List
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Basic Easy Baby Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 4 rounds. Then knit all rounds until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (divide the stitches between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 12: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, thread on yarn needle, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
And that’s it! If you want a super easy to print basic baby hat knitting pattern that includes sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+, click the button below!
- Knit the 12 month size for free with the pattern on this page
- OR download the super easy to print pdf pattern with instructions for all four sizes!
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