Bow Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

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This Cute Bow Baby Hat Knitting Pattern is free in one size and makes the perfect baby shower gift for any little one!

Bow Baby Hat Knitting Pattern, a classic and adorable knit baby hat for your little one!

So recently I’ve been obsessed with making cute little knit bow baby hat after cute knit bow baby hat. They make for easy and super adorable gifts and I have had a bunch of friends recently have girls.

I first saw a baby bow hat on pinterest linked to this post from Twenty Something Granny (which is an awesome blog name, by the way) but it doesn’t look like she’s blogged in almost three years. And that bow baby hat pattern is for a teeny tiny hat for a newborn and is knitted flat and I wanted to make a bigger version for baby V knit in the round.

So I basically used my standard hat pattern in 3-6 month size and added a stripe and bow.  Here’s my version, inspired by hers.

Oh and prepare yourself for waaay too many pics of Baby V. You know that saying that second children never have as many photos taken of them as first children? Yeah, that’s not going to happen here, lol!


Knit Bow Baby Hats | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one!

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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Knit Bow Baby Hat

(size 12 months, see PDF version for other sizes!)

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.

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4″

Knit Bow 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!)

Knit Bow Baby 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 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rows.

Stay with main color and knit 2 rows.

Switch to accent yarn  and knit 4 rows.

Switch back to main yarn and knit until the hat in about 5  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.

The Bow:

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All rows: k all stitches for 7 or 9 rows

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Knit Bow Baby Headband | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Then, take a long piece of yarn and tie it around the middle of the knit rectangle like this:Knit Bow Baby Headband | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Trim the short end and then wrap the long end around and around the middle of the bow, neatly until the center is as big as you want it. Knit Bow Baby Headband | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Thread the long end on a yarn needle, turn your bow to the back and insert it through the wound yarn and knot to secure the end. Knit Bow Baby Headband | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Knit Bow Baby Headband | | A quick easy and FREE knitting pattern for your little one! Then, using that same long tail, use your yarn needle to securely stitch the bow to the front of the hat on the stripe. Make sure you attach it really well since this is an item for babies.

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I used some sparkly silver yarn for this next one…

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The PDF printable pattern also contains instructions for sizes 0-3 months,  6 months, 12 months, and 2T+!

Bow Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

Knit up this adorable Bow Baby Hat knitting pattern with this cute and easy baby hat knitting pattern!
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches



  1. Knit the 12 month size with the free pattern above
  2. OR download the super easy to print pdf pattern by clicking HERE


Tips and Tricks for knitting the Bow Baby Hat knitting pattern:

  • Make sure to sew the bow on tightly so that it is safe for baby
  • If your bow starts to curl up, you might want to tack it down with one small stitch on either edge
  • If your ribbing at the brim is loose, size down to a size US 6 needle for that section and switch back to a size US 7 for the rest of the pattern
  • If you have trouble fitting the newborn size on your 16" circular needles, then you're probably knitting too tightly and your gauge will be off, consider loosening your stitches or knitting the next size up to get the correct gauge.

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56 thoughts on “Bow Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

  1. This is super cute! I have some sock yarn (fingering weight?) that I would love to use. Would I need to cast on additional stitches since it’s a thinner yarn?

  2. Can someone explain transferring from the circular needles to double pointed needles please? Or point me to a good resource? This is my first time using something other than good old straight needles. Thank you!

    1. Just start knitting with a double pointed needle. You don’t have to transfer to start. It is nice when somethings work out easily, isn’t it!

      1. Yep, what Amy said, just start knitting with the DPN in your right hand. The new stitches will end up on it. When you get about 1/3 of the stitches on the first DPN, continue knitting with the second DPN… 🙂 If you want to transfer before knitting, just slide the stitches from one needle to the other. Simple as that!

    2. Hi Rebecca! It’s been my first time using circular needles too, so I have the same question as you. But here is what I found online and I thought it’s helpful. (explains how to transfer the stitches) (explains how to actually knit on DPNs)

      I just started knitting the hat so I am not at the point to transfer the stitches yet, but I am curious about your outcome! If you get any additional tips, please let me know!! I am a beginner!!! 🙂

      Happy knitting!

  3. Hi,
    I love this pattern and trying out the Magic Loop on it. When you switch colors do, you break the thread? Or is there a way to continue on with the main color while doing the narrow band of alternating color?

  4. Is there a reason for switching to dpn or can you just decrease on the circular needles? I haven’t quite mastered dpn and they intimidate me still. Hahah.

  5. I absolutely love this pattern! This is one of the cutest baby hats I’ve seen. I’m a sucker for quick and easy patterns and you nailed it with this adorable hat! Pinning this for later!

  6. I’ve been trying to find the free 6 month pattern but no matter where I look, I get a “Oops that page is not available.” Can you help me? Thanks much

    1. Hi! To tell you the truth, I have no idea what that one was, I’m so sorry! Most of the time I use Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn because I like their color choices but that was something I had leftover in my stash. Any worsted weight yarn will do though! Sorry I’m not more help! 🙂

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  8. I’ve made this in two colorways for my future granddaughter (due in May). It’s very quick to make and I am not a fast knitter. I made one in a weekend when I found time here and there. It is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to see baby Ellie in her hats!

  9. Such an adorable hat! Could you please clarify the following for me…for the body of the hat, the instructions say to knit all rows. The photos look like it is the stockinette stitch.

  10. These hats are so adorable!!! Love it!! I am super excited to knit it to my 1 year old daughter! However, she is as big as a 2 years old girl… I am new at knitting… Could you please help me to figure out how I should increase the size of the hat? Many thanks!!!

  11. That’s gorgeous, pinning for the next person I know having a girl!
    I think the crochet hat thing is because crochet is so quick, you can make a baby hat in the time it takes to watch a film, but sometimes you just wanna knit, don’t you?
    I made a huge effort to photograph baby 2 and 3 and still it seems like I have a fraction of the number of pictures. You end up with lots of group shots or older siblings photobombing if you are not careful so the idea to take lots of them on their own is lovely – they will appreciate it in later years!

    1. Thank you Julie! I think you’re right about crochet. It’s also a little easier to learn for some people. But for whatever reason I find knitting more soothing. Baby V is lucky her big brother is in school all day, she gets lots of undivided attention 🙂 now I’m having the opposite problem, I’ve got to remember to take more pics of O, lol!

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