My new Gathered Bow Hat knitting pattern is a fun take on the baby bow hat and is so darn cute you’ll want to make a hundred!
This cute little gathered bow hat is such a fun take on a traditional hat! I decided that since you all love my regular Bow Hat so much, it would be cute to do one where the bow gathers up the brim of the hat.
And I’m so glad I did, it turned out so cute! The alternating lines of knit and purl stitches make for a really cute brim and show off that adorable bow!
Plus did I mention this one is really super easy to knit? You’ll be the hit of the baby shower if you make this for a friend who’s expecting!
I chose a nice neutral color called linen for the hat with a little pink bow but this hat would look adorable all in one color too! It’s up to you!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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Gathered Bow 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.
Gathered Bow 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!)
Gathered Bow Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the main yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit all stitches for 11 rounds. The brim will begin to roll and that’s ok. Then purl all stitches for 3 rounds, knit all stitches for 4 rounds and purl all stitches for 3 rounds. Finally knit all stitches until the hat is about 5 inches long (including the rolled brim).
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
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
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, thread through loops and pull to close. Weave in ends.
Using long-tail cast on and double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 16 stitches with the contrast yarn color.
Knit all stitches for 14 rows, cast off and weave in loose ends.
To assemble the hat:
Lay the bow on top of the hat, then thread a long piece of the contrast color yarn on a yarn needle.
Tie it inside the hat and then use the yarn to gather up the bow and the brim of the hat–Insert the yarn just above the top row of purl stitches on the hat,
bringing it down around the bottom of the brim and back up to where you started
and then pull tight to gather. Wind the yarn around and around to form the center of the bow and create the gather.
End with the yarn inside the hat, tie a knot, cut and weave in ends. And that’s it! You’re finished!
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