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More Baby Hats!

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:


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

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

4.5 sts = 1 inch


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.


9 thoughts on “More Baby Hats!

  1. 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!

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

  3. Love the name of the yarn “pickle”

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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

  8. When it says to knit all rounds you get the garter stitch not the SS stitch? The picture of the hat shows the SS stitch (k1row P1row) Help please!

  9. Be sure that you have joined in the round after you cast on. That way, once you start knitting every round, you will have stockinette stitch. If you don’t, and knit back and forth in rows, that creates garter stitch. Hope that helps!

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