As promised in my last article here is the pattern for the Baby Hat:
This hat will fit a newborn but if you change the needle size from 3.5mm to 4.00mm it will fit an infant aged 3-6 months
You will need:
– 1 ball of acrylic DK 25g (double knit) however you can use any DK yarn
– 1 pair of 3.5mm needles
Cast on 83 stitches using cable cast (I will post on how to use this method)
Abbreviations: k = knit stitch p = purl stitch k2tog = knit two stitches together rib2tog = working in rib, work two stitches together RS = right side of work
This pattern starts from the bottom edge so you will start by making the band that will keep the hat on the baby’s head, working in rib.
Row 1: *k 1, p 1, repeat from * to the last stitch, k 1
Row 2: *p 1, k 1, repeat from * to the last stitch, p 1. Repeat last two rows once more
Row 5: [Rib 13 stitches, rib2tog] five times, rib to end (78 stitches)
Now you will be working the remainder of the hat in stocking stitch.
Next row: P
Next row: K
Continue in stocking stitch for 17 rows.
Shaping the top of the hat
Row 1 (RS): [K6, k2tog] nine times, k to end (69 stitches)
Row 2 and every alternate row: P
Row 3: K
Row 5: [K5, k2tog] nine times, k to end (60 stitches)
Row 7: [K4, k2tog] nine times, k to end (51 stitches)
Row 9: [K3, k2tog] ten times, k to end (41 stitches)
Row 11: [K2, k2tog] ten times, k to end (31 stitches)
Row 13: [K1, k2tog] ten times, k to end (21 stitches)
Row 15: [K2tog] ten times, k to end (11 stitches)
Break off yarn leaving a long tail and pull it through the stitches left on your needle. With the rest of the yarn, join the two sides of the hat together using mattress stitch to create a seam. The reason for the mattress stitch is because it is a flat seam which will not put any pressure on baby’s, butter soft head.
So you see it is super easy to make a sweet little bonnet for a baby whether it is your own or a friend’s. It will be a welcome gift that can either be passed on or kept as a memento when baby gets too big for it.
If there is anything unclear, feel free to email me with any questions. Or when you have finished it I would love to see the finished product, and I will post it on here for others to see.
I got this pattern from:
Vikki Haffenden & Frederica Patmore (2012), Knit Step by Step. I strongly recommend this book, it is my bible for knitting! It is full of step by step instructions on all styles of knitting and anything that you need to refresh yourself on or learn about, THIS book is the one for it.