Knit up this sweet and adorable knit top knot hat for your little one with this easy knitting pattern!
This cute little knit top knot hat was actually inspired by Baby V’s baby book. I took it out the other day to record her first steps and first words (“Dada”, of course, just like O) and found, tucked in the back pocket, her first hat from the hospital. You know those unbelievable tiny ones that are just basically a tube of stretchy knit fabric tied in a knot? Well, Baby V’s was in there and I just couldn’t believe how teeny it was!
But that got me thinking, you see those cute little top knot hats for newborns all the time. There are even patterns out there to make them from knit fabric. But you never see them for older babies? Why is that? Furthermore those messy bun hats are SOOOO popular right now (don’t get me started) but some people (ahem) don’t have enough hair for a messy bun. Or pigtails. Or anything really. But a top knot hat is a good stand in! I decided the lack of top knot hats for the not-so-littles is a crime that must be remedied and I knit one up for Baby V.
I mean really. Look how adorable! And this yarn made a nice chunky knot! I love it! Baby V tells me it’s a perfect hat for those days when you just don’t feel like dressing up as a silly animal. This is not a sponsored post but thanks to Lion Brand for supplying the yarn for this project. This was a new yarn to work with for me as well but I love the saturated colors and the slight sheen of their 24/7 cotton. You can’t go wrong with a nice soft cotton yarn! All opinions are my own and that opinion is…it turned out so cute!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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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit all rows until the hat is about 4 1/2 inches long.
Decrease (divide all stitches evenly in groups of 8 between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the fourth):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 2- 4: knit all stitches
Round 5: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 6 – 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 10-12: knit all stitches
Round 13: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 14-16: knit all stitches
Round 17: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 18-25: knit all stitches
Round 26: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Rounds 27-63: knit all stitches
Round 64: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round 7 more times
Cut yarn, thread through loops and pull to close. Weave in ends. Tie the top of the hat into a single knot.
The printable version includes instructions for sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+!
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