This adorable Watermelon Slice Hat knitting pattern has a colorful juicy slice of watermelon on the front, it’s perfect for summer babies (or anyone who loves watermelon)!
Baby V is a BIG fan of the Watermelon Slice Hat knitting pattern. I really love this one too. She’s been wearing it on repeat this spring. The playground at her school is always in the shade so you definitely still need a hat out there first thing in the morning!
But that brings me to a knitter’s conundrum. I never know quite what to make for you guys in the summer months. I mean hot, humid weather doesn’t really scream warm wool, does it?
I comfort myself by reminding myself of two things. Number 1: air conditioning. Little babies definitely still need cozy baby hats in the summer to deal with too-cold air conditioning. I mean, I carry around a sweater and wear long pants to movie theaters in the depths of July because of air conditioning. So imagine a tiny bald little baby!
And number 2: if you really love to knit, you knit all year round. You’re not going to let a little humidity stop you, am I right? The evidence for this is that you all continue to download my patterns in the summer. So clearly you all are still working. New babies are being born and some of you are already working ahead for a long holiday gift-giving list!
(You would laugh at the number of Santa hat patterns that are downloaded in June.)
So, in eternal optimism I will continue to design adorable summer knitting patterns like the Watermelon Slice Hat. It will be EXACTLY what at least one someone is looking for and then it’ll be worth it.
I love this one because it’s really easy too, it’s got a tried and tested great basic baby hat pattern and then you add that adorable, colorful, watermelon slice afterwards. So fun!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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Watermelon Slice 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.
Watermelon Slice 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!)
Watermelon Slice Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches on your circular needles with blue yarn. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 5 rounds. Then knit all stitches until the hat is about 5 inches long.
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.
To make the watermelon slice applique:
Using straight needles, cast on 30 stitches with
green yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the watermelon to the hat.
Row 1 (WS): purl all stitches
Row 2 (RS): switch to white yarn, (k4, k2tog) and repeat to
the end of the row.
Row 3: switch to pink yarn, purl all stitches
Row 4: k1, k2tog, (k3, k2tog) repeat to the last 2 stitches, k2
Row 5: purl all stitches
Row 6: knit all stitches
Row 7: purl all stitches
Row 8: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the row
Row 9: purl all stitches
Row 10: (k2tog, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 11: purl all stitches
Row 12: k2tog all stitches
Cast off with pink yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the watermelon to the hat. Weave in all ends except for the long green cast on and long pink cast off ends.
Thread a length of black yarn on a yarn needle and stitch a few small black watermelon seeds on your watermelon slice as shown, weave in the ends on the back side of the watermelon slice.
To assemble the hat:
Lay the watermelon out on the hat, it may help to pin it in place. Use the long green cast on tail to stitch the green edge of the watermelon to the hat. When you get to a short multi-colored edge of the watermelon, continue sewing, making sure that your stitches only catch the back of the watermelon and aren’t visible on the front.
When you have sewn the green edge and one short edge, knot and weave in the green yarn inside the hat. Then use the long pink cast off tail to stitch along the pink edge and the other short multi-colored edge, again being sure to hide your stitches on the multi-colored edge. Knot and weave in the pink yarn inside the hat.
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