Free Knitted Baby Hat Pattern Can Also Be a Baby Headband

Free Knitted Baby Hat Pattern Can Also Be a Baby Headband

Christi's new hat

Christi's new hat

I saw the cutest knitted baby hat in a magazine and wanted to make one like it. I searched for a knitted baby hat pattern like it but couldn’t come up with it so I decided try

and create my own.  The hat had about an inch of ribbing and the rest looked like garter stitch. If you make just the inch or two of ribbing, you can turn this knitted baby

knitted baby hat pattern

knitted baby hat pattern

Hat pattern into a baby headband.

My child is a newborn, so I used the hat sizing measurements provided by Bev’s Country Cottage Sizing Chart. This chart gives you not only circumference but height for baby or child’s hat patterns. Bev also has lots of other handy measurements for knitting projects and patterns.

My knitted baby hat is made of Sugar’n Cream Stripes Yarn. I bought some in various colors and it’s fun to work with after using so many bulky, fuzzy yarns. After I knitted one baby hat, I had about 2/3 of the skein left. Good thing I have another baby granddaughter too.

Baby Hat Pattern

You’ll need:

Size 8 circular knitting needles, 11 inches long. I used these 11 Inch Boye Balene II Circular Knitting Needle

1 skein Sugar’n Cream Striped yarn (Amazon.com has some good prices)

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Ribbed edging to baby hat

Ribbed edging to baby hat

I wanted my knitted baby hat to be 12 inches in circumference and my ribbing pattern was 6 stitches (2 knit and 4 purl) At 4 stitches per inch, I needed 48 stitches to give me 12 inches. If you want to enlarge this pattern for a larger baby, add stitches in increments of 6.

Knitting Pattern for Baby Hat

Cast on 48 stitches
Rows 1 Knit 2 Purl 4 all the way around. Place market at the end of the row and connect the ends so you’re knitting in a circle. Be careful not to twist the stitches.
Row 2-6, repeat Knit 2 Purl 4 all the way around.
Knit around until hat reaches within one inch desired height. I wanted my hat to be 5 and 1/2 inches tall so at 4 and 1/2 inches, I started adding decreases to my rows.

Decrease rows:

When I decreased, on the first row, I added a knit 2 together about every 6 stitches.
On the second decrease row, I added a k2tog before and after the decrease stitch on the previous row so it made a small triangle pattern. In Row 11, I started decreasing with a knit 2 together about every 6 stitches. I added my decreases just randomly and they looked like they were a part of the pattern.

After 2 decrease rows, I knitted around and then added a couple more decreases in the 2 remaining rows. Once you tie up the end to create the top, the decrease stitches don’t show much anyway.

I ended up with a baby hat that was about 5 1/2 inches in height and a 12 inch circumference.

On the last row, cut the yarn, leaving about an 8 inch tail. Weave the tail through the stitches as you take them off the needle and draw tight to close the top of the hat. Tie it off and weave in the tail on the inside of the hat where it won’t show.

Start of my newest knitted baby headband

Start of my newest knitted baby headband

To make the knitted baby headband, simply cast on 48 stitches (or multiples of 6) and knit 2, purl 4 all the way around. Place a marker for the beginning of the row and work pattern  for 6 or more rows. Cast off, weave in ends.

Either the baby hat or the knitted baby headband would make great shower gifts for friends or relatives.

I didn’t want to tie up the end of the baby hat until I’d tried it on the actual baby in case I needed to fine tune it. When I get it finished, I’ll have my tiny daughter model it.



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