This super easy knit flat baby hat knitting pattern is perfect for beginners or anyone who doesn’t like knitting in the round and it includes instructions for a nearly invisible seam!
I hope you’re excited friends, this knit flat baby hat knitting pattern is one of my most requested patterns, lots of you have asked for instructions to knit my hats flat, without knitting in the round, and I finally have a pattern for you!
The good news is, this knit flat baby hat is really super easy. If you really really don’t want to try knitting in the round, it’s ok. I know, it seems scary, but honestly, once you learn how, it’s so much faster! I used to feel the same way about sewing zippers, but then once I did it, I wasn’t scared anymore. Are all my zippers perfect? No! But it opened up so many more options for me.
That being said, I also totally get preferring to stick to knitting flat. This simple hat makes a sweet and classic hat for baby and it makes an excellent baby shower gift. Or you can use this easy flat hat baby hat pattern to modify MANY of my knitting patterns to be knit flat! How cool is that?! You can make the Pretty Kitty Cat Hat flat, for example, or the Funny Frog hat, or even the Baby Bear hat! In fact, scroll on down and I’ll leave a full list of all the patterns on my site that this knit flat baby hat will work with!
In the meantime, you can grab your straight knitting needles and get started on your adorable knit flat baby hat right now!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 you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Easy Knit Flat Baby Hat Knitting Pattern (12 mo. size)
see PDF for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months and 2T+This pattern is copyright Little Red Window Design 2017 and is intended for personal use. You may not not distribute, reproduce or sell this pattern either physically or digitally.
Easy Knit Flat 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!)
Easy Knit Flat Baby Hat Instructions size 12 months:
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your straight needles.
Rows 1-5: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row.
Row 6 (RS): knit all stitches
Row 7(WS): purl all stitches
Repeat rows 6 & 7 (stockinette stitch) until the hat is about 5 inches long. Begin decrease after a purl row.
Row 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 2: purl all stitches
Row 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 4: purl all stitches
Row 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 6: purl all stitches
Row 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 8: purl all stitches
Row 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 10: purl all stitches
Row 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 12: purl all stitches
Row 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the row
Assembling the hat:
Cut the yarn, leaving a 24” tail to stitch the hat together. Thread the end of the tail on your yarn needle
Then slip the live stitches off the knitting needle and thread your yarn needle through them
pull to close the top of the hat
Then use the remaining tail to close up the seam on the side of the hat with a vertical invisible seam stitch. Hold the seam of your hat in place (it may help to pin it) and insert the needle into the horizontal bar of the first stitch on the left side of the seam
Pull the yarn through and then insert the needle under the horizontal bar of the first stitch on the right side of the seam
Repeat all the way down the seam, pulling to tighten as you go,
until you reach the end of the seam, then cut the yarn and weave in ends. Your seam should disappear as seen here
Here is what the seam will look like on the inside of the easy flat knit baby hat:
And that’s it! Your flat knit baby hat is finished! 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!
The Easy Knit Flat Baby Hat knitting pattern is compatible with the following patterns and more:
To make this modification, substitute the flat knit hat for the hat instructions in the pattern and then follow the rest of the instructions (for ears, eyes, etc. as written).
- Baby Bear Hat
- Happy Puppy Dog Hat
- Pretty Kitty Cat Hat
- Cuddly Koala Hat
- Little Pig Hat
- Sweet Panda Hat
- Funny Frog Hat
- Baseball Hat
- Tiny Reindeer
- Polar Bear Hat
- Little Ladybug Hat
- Over the Rainbow Hat
- Baby Bunny Hat
- Magical Unicorn Hat
- Happy Hippo Hat
- Little Mouse Hat
- Sleepy Owl Hat
- Cuddly Cow Hat
- Bitty Bat Hat
- Mini Moose Hat
- Thanksgiving Turkey Hat
- Little Chicken Hat
- Teddy Bear Hat
- Cozy Penguin Hat
- Silly Monkey Hat
- Tiny Elephant Hat
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