This gorgeous seed stitch baby hat knitting pattern is much simpler to knit than it looks and results in such a cushy, soft texture that your newborn, baby or toddler will love wearing it!
Welcome to the 5th pattern in my Back to Basic series, the Basic Seed Stitch Baby Hat Knitting Pattern! Seed stitch is also known as British moss stitch (which is NOT the same as American moss stitch, who knew?! I learn so much when I’m writing these posts!)
Seed stitch is one of my favorite stitches for several reasons. For one, the finished knit fabric is thick and squishy and soft, it makes for great warm & cozy hats! I also really love the look of seed stitch. It makes an interesting even texture that just makes me happy.
And finally, my favorite thing about seed stitch of all is that it looks complicated but it’s actually super easy! Just alternating knit and purl stitches! It’s slightly more interesting to knit than stockinette but not so complicated that you have to pay super close attention.
It can be difficult to do decreases in a seed stitch baby hat, but I’ve done my best to distribute and hide them and I am happy with the cute top to this easy baby hat! I also worked in a way to hide the seam that would naturally occur at the beginning of each round. All in all, it’s a great simple baby hat knitting pattern and I hope you guys like it!
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Easy Seed Stitch Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
(12 mo. size, see PDF for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months and 2T+)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inchesThis 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 Seed Stitch Baby Hat Knitting Pattern Supply List
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Easy Seed Stitch 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 k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 4 rounds.
Round 1: (p1, k1) repeat to the last stitch, then kfb
Round 2: (k1, p1) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 3: (p1, k1) repeat to the last stitch, then p1
Repeat rounds 2 & 3 until the hat is about 5 inches long. Begin decrease after a round 3.
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
Round 1: (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 2: (p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1) repeat to last stitch, then p1
Round 3: (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2tog) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 4: (p1, k1) repeat to last stitch, then p1
Round 5: (k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 6: (p1, k1, p1, k1, p1) repeat to last stitch, then p1
Round 7: (k1, p1, k1, p2tog) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 8: (p1, k1) repeat to last stitch, then p1
Round 9: (k1, p1, k2tog) repeat to the last stitch, then k1
Round 10: (p1, k1, p1) repeat to last stitch, then p1
Round 11: (k1, p2tog) repeat to the last 4 stitches, then k1, p3tog
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, thread on yarn needle, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
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