Knit up this quick and simple hat (that you can customize lots of different ways) and donate it to your favorite charity!
What is The Do-Gooder Hat, you ask? Well, I’ve heard from a ton of you that you like to use my baby hat knitting patterns to knit hats that you donate to charities and hospitals for babies. I just love this so so much.
And while I’m delighted to imagine a sweet little baby in the hospital wearing a kitty cat hat, a couple months ago I began to wonder if maybe what you guys really need is a simple free knitting pattern for donations that you could easily customize but that is also easy and FAST. Because the faster and easier the baby hat knitting pattern, the more hats you can knit and the more hats you can donate and the more good we can do!
So the Do-Gooder Hat free knitting pattern for donations was born. It’s a simple easy pattern, and it uses bulky weight yarn and bigger needles than many of my other patterns, so it knits up FAST.
And you guys, knitting hats for charity is such a great way to contribute. It’s relatively cheap to do (free if you’ve got a stash like I do, ahem…) and it made a big difference! I always think that handmade items contain all the love we put into them and their recipients can feel that.
I’ve got a free printable PDF of the pattern for you and some fun ideas of how you can change up this basic free baby hat knitting pattern so they don’t all look exactly the same! It may be basic, but the Do-Gooder hat is not boring!
But first, I have to share with you what is probably one of the most adorable photos I have ever taken. Are you ready? Are you really sure?It’s Super V!
Here’s one more super baby for good measure…And finally, before I get to the free knitting pattern for donations, I’m sure you’re wondering where to send your finished hats. Here are a few options you can try:
You can also contact your local hospital and see if they accept donations for babies!
Do-Gooder Baby Hat Knitting Pattern Supply List
Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inches
If you need help (or just want a great book), my favorite knitting bible is this one!
Do-Gooder Baby Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions (6 month size)
Using a long-tail cast on, cast on 48 stitches on your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Then knit all rounds until the hat is 4 1/2 inches long.
Decrease (distribute stitches among 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches for one round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Options to customize your baby hat:
- Stripes: knit as written but alternate between two or more colors of yarn in a stripe pattern.
- Color blocking: Knit as written but switch colors only 1 or 2 times as you knit to create color blocking.
- Brim: Knit the rib stitch brim (the first 5 rounds) in a different color from the rest of the hat.
- Rolled Brim: Instead of a ribbed brim, join to knit in the round and knit all stitches instead of the rib stitch (k1, p1). Add an extra 1 inch to the length of the hat before starting the decrease to accommodate the rolling.
- Pom Pom: Add a pom pom to the top of your hat. Make sure you attach it very securely! To see a video of me making a pom pom, watch below or click HERE!
I made this same hat three different ways and this pattern is so quick I did them all in one day! If you use this free hat pattern I’d love it if you’d share where you sent yours!
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