Wrap your sweet little one up like a gorgeous gift with this adorable Christmas Present Bow Hat Knitting Pattern!
O was born a few days before my birthday, we actually got sent home from the hospital on my actual day and seriously every person I encountered said, “Awww, what a wonderful birthday gift, a new baby!” And I remember thinking indignantly, in my exhausted, sleep-deprived, hormonal state, “I mean, I know he’s cute and I love him, but I want some real dang presents! I just gave birth!”
Obviously now, in retrospect, I realize that’s a little silly. And now when my kids are being sweet and adorable I can fully appreciate what wonderful gifts they are. So I thought, what would be cuter than an adorable gift wrapped Christmas Present Hat?! Bonus points if your little one was actually born near the holidays. You could definitely change the colors and make this hat for any other time of year too!
I co think there’s not much cuter than Baby V with this giant bow on her head. Here in Chicago, baby bows aren’t really a big deal, but we have a lot of family in the South and I know y’all LOVE big fluffy bows on babies! So I went all out with this one and I totally love it. Scroll all the way down for the free version of the Christmas Present Bow Hat knitting pattern! Enjoy!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
Worsted weight yarn in red and green
(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 green yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit all rounds for 15 rounds, switch to red yarn and knit all for 4 rounds, then switch back to green and knit all until the hat is about 4 1/2 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
Rounds 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
First make the long “ribbon” that goes vertically around the hat to make it look like a wrapped gift. Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 5 stitches with red yarn.
Row 1 (right side): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 2: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until the ribbon is long enough to go from the center front of the hat, up across the top and back down to the center back of the hat. Then bind off and weave in that end. Thread your yarn needle with a long length of red yarn and stitch the ribbon to the hat from the front center brim over the top and down to the back center brim.
The bow is made up of several shorter pieces of knitted “ribbon”. Make each length of ribbon following the same knitting stitch pattern for the long ribbon above, but in the different lengths as listed below.
Ribbon A: make 1 8″ long piece
Ribbon B: make 2 4″ long pieces
Ribbon C: make 1 7″ long piece
Ribbon D: make 2 3.5″ long pieces
Ribbon E: make 1 2″ long piece
Take one Ribbon B and fold it in half. Sew the ends perpendicularly to the middle of the folded Ribbon A loop to form a ‘T’ shape. Repeat with the other Ribbon B opposite the first to form a ‘+’ shape.
Repeat and make another slightly smaller plus shape with Ribbon C & both Ribbon D’s.
Take Ribbon E, fold it into a loop and sew into the middle of the bow. Fluff the bow. Then thread your yarn needle with a length of red yarn and sew the bow securely to the front of the hat where the two long ribbons intersect.
That’s it, your adorable Christmas present is all wrapped! Enjoy your cute Christmas present bow hat!
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