I am reaching the age where all of my friends are beginning to start families. Growing bellies abound and I imagine the distant sound of babies crying will soon follow. As a gift for the bundle(s) on the way, I thought a little hat to keep their keppele warm would be just the thing.
I can never order off of a menu without at least one modification, I can’t make a recipe without a slight change, and so of course, I can’t just follow a simple knitting pattern. After some blog reading, searching on Ravelry, and a little research through actual books, I forged ahead with my own modifications, and came up with an adorable baby hat. I am quite pleased with the results, which is fortunate for all the other babies that are on the way! I hope you enjoy the pattern, and there’s no more excuse for a cold baby head, or a visit to a new mom and dad without a homemade gift!
Basic Contrast Brim Knit Baby Hat
This hat measures just under 14″ circumference. Modify accordingly (12″+ for twins or smaller babies), but I think it’s always better to be on the larger side, as the baby will eventually grow into it!
2 skeins Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, in contrasting colors. (I used light grey #012 and blue #032)
Size 6 double pointed needles
Gauge = 6 stitches/inch
Cast on 84 stitches in trim color and join to knit in the round (be careful not to twist stitches). Place marker to indicate end of round. Seed stitch first 7 rounds as follows:
Round 1: *K1, P1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 2: *P1, K1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 3: *K1, P1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 4: *P1, K1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 5: *K1, P1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 6: *P1, K1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 7: *K1, P1, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 8: switch to main body color and continue in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches every round) until piece measures 3″ from cast-on; then begin decrease as follows:
Round 1: *K4, K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K3, K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K2, K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K1, K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K2tog, *repeat from* to end of round
7 stitches should remain. Break yarn and thread through darning needle to pull yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight to close up top of hat. Weave in ends and the hat is ready to be worn! Now you just need a baby to try it on…
6 responses to “Basic Contrast Brim Knit Baby Hat”
Thank you. I was looking for a simple contrasting yarn pattern and I love the simplicity here. 🙂
Glad you like it! It is a very simple pattern and the first one I’ve ever written.
Can this be knitted in the round. I’m a novice on hats and can’t figure out double pointed needles
Hi Mary Ann,
You could start this on very short round needles. As you get to the end of the hat and need to close it up you will need to use double-pointed needles. The round needle will become too long. There are lots of tutorials online to help you with double pointed needles. It’s a good technique to learn, and worth trying again with a small project like a baby hat. Good luck!
Is there any way to add the trim later once the gender of the baby is known?
Hi Amber – if you wanted to add the trim later you could maybe crochet it on, but this is a bottom-up knit hat so it wouldn’t work for this pattern. Good luck!