More Baby Hats!

by Craig on April 30, 2012

Suddenly I’m in the midst of a baby boom. Not only are three friends pregnant – all three are expecting twins!

I’m determined to have a knitted gift for each one before they’re born, so I’ve decided to knit hats. Hats are useful all year-round. In summer, air conditioning gets cold, and in the winter, well, it’s even colder. And although hats are a popular baby gift, babies wear hats so often that it’s good to have a lot of them.

Baby Hat in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton

Worsted Weight Baby Hat in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton

I’m using one of my favorite yarns for baby gifts, Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. It’s soft, machine washable, and comes in wonderful colors.

Ribbing for Second Worsted Cotton Baby Hat

Ribbing for Second Worsted Cotton Baby Hat

Here’s how I’m knitting the hats, if you’d like to knit one too:

WORSTED WEIGHT BABY HAT

SIZE
one size, 14.5-inch circumference, to fit newborn to 6 month old

MATERIALS
1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. Shown in Pickle (main color) and Honeydew (contrast color).
Size 6 and 8 needles, or size to obtain gauge

GAUGE
4.5 sts = 1 inch

PATTERN

With smaller needles, CO 64 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work k2, p2 rib for 1.5 inches.

Switch to larger needles. Knit all rounds until piece measures 5 inches from cast on edge.

Round 1: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 : Knit all sts.

Round 3: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 5: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 7: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 9: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 11: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 12: *K2tog; rep from * to end.

Cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle and draw through 8 remaining stitches. Pull into center and weave in. Weave in cast on tail.

As you can see with the hat I finished, it’s easy to throw in stripes between the ribbing and the decreases. This is also a great way to use leftover yarn from other projects.

Enjoy!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura May 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

Love this! Hats are perfect – babies can never have too many hats.
Three sets of twins! Will you be lending a helping hand?
Congratulations to all!

Charlene Roof May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thanks soo much for this precious baby hat! Love it!

Linda MacDonald May 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Love the name of the yarn “pickle”

Craig May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

Laura, I hope they let me help out. Twins is a lot to handle!

And Linda, I love the name “pickle” too. It’s so cute.

Angela December 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Hi wondering if I can use cotton fleece by brown sheep – a dk weight for this hat to fit a two year old?

Thank you!

Ellen August 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

How can this pattern be adapted for a 2 year old?

Rachel October 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I want to use a worsted merino superwash wool. How can I make this pattern for a 2 year old? It is a darling hat1

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