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Basic Baby Hat

This is a very basic baby hat in several sizes.

Sizes:
Preemie – 11″ circumference, 5.5″ high
Newborn – 13″ circumference, 6″ high
12 month – 15.25″ circumference, 7″ high
Toddler – 17.5″ circumference, 7.5″ high
Teen – 19.5″ circumference, 8″ high

Gauge:
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
0.5 to 1 oz (40 to 80 yards) of DK weight baby yarn
Size 6 (4 mm) 40″ circular needle (for magic loop) or set of size 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.

Pattern:
Preemie – Cast on 60
Newborn – Cast on 72
12 month – Cast on 84
Toddler – Cast on 96
Teen – Cast on 108

Join to knit in the round. Divide stitches between double pointed needles or needles for a magic loop. Divide with multiples of 12 on each needle.

Ribbing (6 rounds for preemie size, 8 rounds for other sizes): k2, p2 repeated across round

Knit until the hat measures the desired height for size including the ribbing:
Preemie – 4.25″ high
Newborn – 4.75″ high
12 month – 5.75″ high
Toddler – 6.25″ high
Teen – 6.75″ high

Before starting the crown, there are 60 (72, 84, 96, 108) stitches

Crown:
Repeat across the round
Rnd 1: k4, k2tog, ssk, k4 – 50 (60, 70, 80, 90) stitches
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: k3, k2tog, ssk, k3 – 40 (48, 56, 64, 72) stitches
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: k2, k2tog, ssk, k2 – 30 (36, 42, 48, 54) stitches
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 – 20 (24, 28, 32, 36) stitches
Rnd 8: k
Rnd 9: k2tog, ssk – 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) stitches
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure and weave in end.

Edits:
11/3/2013 – made adjustments to sizing.
2/19/2014 – added stitch counts to the decreasing rows of the crown.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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195 Comments to “Basic Baby Hat”

  1. Just wondering if the size 6 needles required are British, Metric, or U.S.?

    • The size 6 is US, so 4 mm. I should have put 4 mm in the pattern as
      well, so have now done that. Thanks for asking.

  2. Hi again

    I finally found time to knit your hat except I needed an all garter stitch to match a garter stitch jacket. As well, I used regular knitting needles (to knit flat). I began decreasing, but found that the k3 k2tog ssk would not work evenly working on the 72 stitches that were remaining after working the first decrease row starting with the 96 stitches (toddler size). What have I done wrong?

    thanks,

    Carolyn

    • The first decrease row should leave you with 80 stitches.

      Rnd 1: k4, k2tog, ssk, k4

      Make sure you are including both k4′s so that there are k8 between each decrease set.

  3. I am a new knitter. What is a round? Can I use regular needles for a hat or do I have to use round ones. What exactly is a ssk. Is there any video on how it is done? The pattern I want is the cable baby hat, but I need it larger than a newborn. I need for 12 months. How many more stitches do I need to add?

    Thank you for your help
    Linda

    • Go to Youtube. Whenever I am in doubt of a pattern or a skill, I just look there for demonstrations. If you cannot find it there, go to google:)

      I knit in the round on a lot of things. There is little need for my straight needles anymjore. I just use circular needles. My knitting is more of an Eastern European, so it is hard for me to follow patterns, but I know that ssk for me, means the stitches come together to make a left leaning stitch, from 2. Good luck!

  4. If you’re a new knitter, you’ve probably stuck to straight needles so far or to put it another way, been knitting flat.

    There are two other kinds of needles. Circular and double pointed. These allow you to knit in rounds, or circles.
    This means if you want to knit stocking stitch you only use knit stitch.

    If you want to knit this in the round, I’d get a circular needle to star, much easier to get the hang of.

    Good luck :)

  5. Does the circular needle need to be 40″? Isn’t 40″ too wide? I have not tried knitting in circulars but I thought the circumference of the circular needle should be the same as the head size of the hat. Please enlighten. Thanks!

  6. Lovely patterns. Can you please email me – I am on the board of a non-profit organization and would like to discuss obtaining permission to use your patterns for various purposes.

  7. janice crozier may 5 2011. 315 pm

    hi i am lookink for a patton for knitting sock for 12 year old 5/12 st to 1 ins or sayell yarn please help me .ty

  8. Hey, I was wondering if it made a huge difference if I used a size US 7 needle instead of 6? I know it may make the hat slightly bigger, but I have heard of others going a needle size up on different projects and they’ve turned out fine. Would I just have to cast on a few less stitches if I used one size bigger in the the needle? Thanks!

    • You might want to do a small swatch and check your gage with the larger needle. If it is going to be bigger than the given gage, you could cast on for one hat size smaller but then follow the height directions for the size you are making.

    • I am doing one on sz 7 needles, and just went down a size. It seems to be working. (I couldn’t find my 16″ sz 6, which means it is probably in a project… )

  9. Thanks for sharing this. I was looking for patterns for small hats to dress some bears for charity.

  10. [...]  Last week I partook of Finished it Friday a couple of days early without knowing that by Friday my major project of the day would actually be a brand new baby, who arrived 3 weeks early. After finishing his Blanket, I made him a coming home hat, using a really easy baby hat pattern I found via ravelry.  [...]

  11. Could you please email me a few simple patterns for baby caps and booties. Thanks

  12. Just finished knitting the hat – it’s lovely. thank you

  13. hi, thanks for the lovely pattern. a question: when i decrease, instead of transferring to dpns, can i transfer to a long circular needle and do the magic loop method?

    thanks!

    • Absolutely. I make all the crowns of my hats using the magic loop. I actually make my baby hats entirely using the magic loop.

  14. Can I use these instructions for knitting in the round or do I have to do the magic loop? Love the hat!

  15. Thanks so much for making this pattern available!

  16. How many cast on stitches do I need to make for the toddler hat?
    Thank you!
    India

  17. Thank you for this fast, easy pattern. It’s turned out beautifully with a self striping yarn!

  18. I am not sure what magic loop is?

  19. Help! Am I missing a special instruction for the preemie size hat? On the second decrease row (k3, k2 tog ssk, k3) I end up with one stitch extra at the end of the round. The other hat sizes work out correctly.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Lisa

    • It should work out like the other sizes. For the preemie size you start with 60 stitches. The decrease round instructions are repeated 5 times. So the first repeat round will have 10 stitch reductions resulting in 50 stitches. The second decrease round will also be repeated 5 times. It takes 10 stitches and reduces them to 8, so a total of 50 to 40. Could you have possibly missed one of the reductions on the first reduction round?

      • Are you saying rounds 1 through 9 for the crown are repeated 5 times or each decrease round is repeated 5 times in a row? Thanks!

        • The cast on for the hat for preemie size is 60. The pattern is a repeat of 12 stitch, so for the preemie size, the instructions for each round are repeated across the round 5 times.

  20. Hi I too would like to make premie and newborn hats to donate. Is it ok if I use your pattern for that purpose.
    Stephanie

  21. Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for. A two month old who is recovering from cranial surgery thanks you!!

  22. What brand yarn did you use to make this hat?

  23. I am knitting with size 10 circular needles, double worsted yarn. 1 has a head size of 18″ and the other 19 1/2″. I am knitting with 4 gauge/1 in, 2 colors at once. Do I still cast on 108 stitches.
    Thanks, Lynn

    • If the whole 4 stiches are within the inch, cast on 72. If the four stitches are a little more than an inch, cast on 60.

      • Will it matter too much between the head sizes of one child being a girl and one a boy?

        Your tips have all been helpful.

        Lynn

        • The hat will be stretchy so it will fit a range of sizes. The pattern is a multiple of 12, so with your gauge, will make a difference of about 3 inches between possible cast on amounts.

  24. Can this hat possibly be slightly slouched for my toddler? If so what do I have to do?
    Thanks in advance,
    Ingrid

  25. Hi Heather,

    This is a great basic baby hat pattern. I have had some requests from people to purchase my finished products of your pattern. Do I have your permission to sell this item made by me on Etsy or at craft fairs, if it comes along with your name and blog address for credit of your work?

    Thanks kindly,
    Dana

  26. Great hat pattern. My children 10,12,& 16 and I are making them for Hurricane Sandy victims on Long Island. It’s my hometown. Thanks for the simple and quick pattern.

  27. Hi I have a question! For a 3mo boy would do the 72 or 80 CO? If I did 82 do you think size 5 needles should make it small enough?? Also may I make a few to donate to a charity? Thank you!!

  28. Cool pattern! Great instructions and super easy to knit! Thanks!

  29. Hi,
    Found this pattern via ravellry, wanted to practice ‘knitting in the round’. Wooop!! I made the hat! Lovely easy pattern, popped my circular cherry, and apart from needing some practice on the last few rows (struggled a bit, must look I to this magic loop); success!!! I even made a mini Pom Pom on a fork! For the top. Love it!!!
    I don’t have any babies to knit them for so will donate them.
    Thank you so much!

    Heather x

  30. Hello — I really appreciate the pattern! Just one question: I’m on row 6 (or so) of the ribbing and my hat looks like a mobius strip. I’ve been knitting with circular (US 7) needles. Have I done something wrong/should I start over?

    Thanks for the help!

  31. I have just finished knitting my first hat for my grand daughter and just loved (must admit I used two needles) but I rwould like to knit for myself, could you please advise me as to how many stitches I would work with, thank you so much for tthe pattern

  32. Hi,
    I just made your hat and it is really nice thanks. Except that I think there is a mistake in the decrease. For the even rows (2, 4, 6, etc.) It says knit but I think it should be purl otherwise it breaks the stockinette stitch pattern. I did as it said and it created garter stitch at the top of the hat (in the decrease). Am I right?

  33. I used size 4 dpn, should I decrease the number I cast on?

  34. I’m a two year old knitter, very new to making beanies. I’ve done a few adult beanies, but my first time at a baby hat. Hence:
    The cast on stitches on this and the train track baby hat differ by 24 stitches for 12 months, why the difference? I get the yarns are different, but is the one used for the track hat thicker?

  35. Viveca of Vivecas' Vision's

    Hello Mama, I have been knitting on and off since I was 5; (watching JFK funeral). The last two years I have been injured and am glad to be back with some light knitting. I have a anothre new gran son and I’m thrilled. I found your hat pattern, (lost my old) and it was wonderful. Many others are having babies and want me to make them some too. Do I have your permission to sell this hat? I will donate 1-4 ratio to our local children’s hospital.

    I got a little lost when it came to the crown. Shall I assume”repeat across the crown” is literal? And do you k4 twice or k4 is back to the start? Also, how many stitches should be left after the first decrease round? (84 sts;6 mo size)
    Thank you.

  36. Great hat——-JUST TOO BAD I had to print 11 pages of comments to get 1 page of instructions.

  37. Hi!

    How should I modify the crown pattern if I’m casting on 74 stitches? I’m using cacasde 220 and have 4 stitches per inch for a 18.5″ circumference..

    Thanks!
    Loretta

    • Start the crown two rows early. K5, k2tog, K35, k2tog, k30. Do one more row of knit and then proceed with the crown as written.

  38. Thanks for this practical resource! It knits up great. You’ve taken the guesswork out of basic hats. Before I found your pattern I can’t tell you how many times I’ve begun baby/children’s hats and had to take them apart and redo because I was using the trial and error method!

    Lois

  39. Hello,

    How many double point needles do I need for this little cute hat? Is it 3, plus one working needle? I am very new to all of this.

    • This is actually just personal preference. Three and a working needle or four with a working needle are the usual setups. You might start with three and if that works for you, then great. If not, you always have the option of adding another needle.

      • Thank you! Are there different lengths of 4 mm double pointed needles? What length would be best for this? I saw that 40 mm is the length I would use if I did circular…so should I get 40 mm dpn?

        Thank you again. I can see how many people you have personally responded to. I appreciate it.

        • The 40 for the circular length is inches which would be about 100 cm. I use a really long circular needle and use the magic loop method instead of using double pointed needles.

          Most double pointed needles I use are about 8 inches or 20 cm long.

  40. love this pattern, thanks! x

  41. Thanks!

  42. Loving this hat pattern! Super easy! I’m using sz 6 dpn and dk yarn… and i feel like this hat is measuring up WAY too big for a newborn.. but.. ive also never been AROUND newborns.. >_> Am I crazy? hahahah Thanks for the great pattern! I see you have a pdf button at the top, but theres no way to save it. Is it possible to download this pattern to keep on my nook?? Thanks!

    Krista

    • If you hit the PDF button at the top it should give you a pop up with a clean printable version of the pattern. It also has a PDF button at the top. If you push that PDF button it will have a Download Your PDF button that should then give you the box to designate where you want to save the PDF.

  43. What should I change to make this hat for my 5 year old? I made 2 of your King Charles Brocade newborn hats for our daughter (due in 8 weeks!) and they are lovely!

    Thanks!

  44. I am a beginner so excuse my inexperience. Shouldn’t the crown be purl for rows 2, 4, 6, and 8?

  45. Thanks for the lovely pattern! This is my first time knitting in the round and I’ve reached the end of the newborn pattern and still have 12 stitches. Is this the correct stopping point or should I continue to reduce so I have fewer loops to secure?

  46. I have never used circular needles. How do you join to the round.

  47. Just a quick question, since I didn’t see it in the pattern – since a DK weight is required, is the pattern knit with two strands together? just wanted to make sure before I cast on – can’t wait to get this knit up!

  48. hi just wanted to ask I’m knitting the preemie hat but on straight needles how do i follow the decrease pattern? plz can you explain?

    thank you

    Nadia

  49. Hello,
    First of all, I LOVE this pattern.

    What does DK stand for???

    I have made 3 hats and counting. Best friends just had thier first baby and they LOVE hats.

    I also wanted to ask your permission to make these hats from your pattern and sell them to others, and I also want to make a bunch and donate them to the local hospitals.
    Just wanted to ask first, I seen others ask but I just didnt feel right doing so without asking first.

    Thanks again.

    • DK stands for double knit. It’s a weight of yarn lighter than worsted but heavier than sport.

      You can sell them. I do appreciate you asking.

  50. Hi,

    Love this pattern. I am fairly new to knitting and just using small circular needles. As I try to knit the ribbed rows it seems like my work is getting very twisted, going back and forth between knit and purl. I have ripped it out 5 times now. Any suggestions??

  51. Hello,
    This is my second attempt at making the newborn hat. I dont understand what im doing wrong. Its too little. I just remembered i used size 7 needles. I guess i need to check my gauge. If its too small do i cast on for the preemie size or for the next size up?

  52. You dont repeat each decrease round five times, right? Its just the pattern in each decrease round you would repeat. For instance the round 9 you would repeat k2tog, ssk until done with that round and not repeat the whole round 5 times.

  53. Love this pattern! Super easy and very cute. I’m knitting for profit and would love permission to sell hats made from this pattern :)

  54. Hi, I’m knitting (trying) a newborn hat and cast on for that size but the base looks HUGE! It doesn’t look like it will fit a baby. Does it magically shrink? I love making infinity scarves and rarely cast on more than 50 stitches for that and they go around adult shoulders. Am I missing something? Help!

  55. Hi, I want to make a hat for a preemie. If I cast on 60, how do I then divide with multiples of 12 on each needle?

    • If you are using 3 needles then 24/12/24. If on 4 needles then 24/12/12/12.

      If you are more comfortable having an even distribution, the multiples of 12 distribution is to accommodate the crown decreases, so you could start with 20/20/20 or 15/15/15/15 and just redistribute stitches before beginning the crown decreases.

      • Thank you for your reply! What if I am using circular needles? Should I just go down to casting on 48 and distributing 24/24?

        • I do the magic loop method with uneven distribution and it works fine, so I would think using two circulars would too. You could work with 30/30 until you got to the decreases and shift to 24/36.

  56. This is a great little hat! May I have permissions to use this pattern to make beanies to sell? Thanks so for sharing it here!

  57. Lovely, simple pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  58. I had a question about yarn weight. I’ve found baby weight is a #1 or a #2. I’m making this hat in newborn now with #3 weight (bernat softee baby),and its working great, but have found some great #1 weight (vertigo comfort baby)and would like to use it for another newborn size hat . Will it make a big diff in my final size? If so what adjustments will I need to make? Thanks in advance.

    • I think knitting looks and feels best when the needle size recommended by the yarn is used. So I would recommend using the needle size recommended by the yarn. If you give me the gauge indicated on the yarn, I would be glad to give you the correct cast on to get the same newborn size hat.

  59. I have some leftover yarn(baby charisma) from a blanket I just kitted and would like to make a hat to match. The yarn is medium weight(4) and I want to make the hat a 6 month size. What size needles would you recommend to get the gauge I would need? thanks…

  60. Lovely pattern, just wondered if you don’t find the rib very loose on 4mm? I usually do my ribbing on a needle one or two sizes smaller than the stocking stitch section.

    • Some patterns do suggest smaller needles on the ribbing and some knitters prefer it. I’ve not had issues with it being loose (and don’t want ribbing too tight on a little one’s head) but that is just my personal preference and experience. It is fine to knit the ribbing on smaller needles.

  61. I notice a lot of people prefer to knit in the round on dpn. What’s the difference between dpn & two circular needles? Also I’ve been trying to use dpn’s and I get a gap at the end of each needle. What am I doing wrong? There is a big space vertically completely down. I don’t get any gaps with two circulars. Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.

    • If two circulars work for you, just stick with it. I personally don’t like working with dpns at all, and actually didn’t make a lot of hats until I discovered the magic loop method using one long circular. I think the secret to any circular method is to pull extra tight on stitches at the joins. Just stick with the two circulars. There is nothing better about dpns.

  62. How would I adapt this pattern for a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch on size 6 needles (to match a sweater) for a 3 month old. How many to cast on and how to adapt for decreases. I would like to cast on 78 stitches? Thanks.

    • With a 5 stitch to inch gauge, 78 stitches would work out to be 15.6 inches. That would be on the large side for 3 months. You want to make the hat a little smaller than the baby’s head and it will stretch to fit.

  63. Hi Mama!

    Thank you so much for sharing your patterns on here! I’ve just started the toddler’s hat which I’m planning to make two! One for each of our nieces for Christmas!

    I was wondering if you have a mitten pattern that I could use to match the hats? I would love to use the same wool I’m currently using. I’m using the double ended needles (I’m a fan of no seems!).

    I would really appreciate it!

    A TIP for newer knitters: I really love the BAMBOO needles! I find them much easier to use (especially smaller sizes) than the plastic or metal ones (which can be quite slippery and frustrating if you are using double needles!

    Thanks again Mama
    Blessings

  64. This pattern looks great! Thanks so much for sharing this! I will give it a shot and look forward to yours!

  65. Can I ask what method you used to get your stripes so neat? I have tried traveling jogless & picking up stitch below as I knit 2nd row. I’m not real happy with my results because I can see the switch in the back. Is there a way to create a smooth stripe that just looks like your knitting a solid color? No bumps or pulls or end of row showing? I love stripes but I’m so frustrated with this ugly flaw down back of my hat. Help!
    Thanks!

    • My sample was made with variegated yarn. I have the same issues with stripes and haven’t been satisfied with the methods I’ve tried. Maybe someone else will respond with a tried and true method.

  66. I realize that k2tog and ssk are both ways of decreasing. Is there any reason I couldn’t just k2tog twice instead? Doesn’t the ssk change the angle or direction of the decrease stitch?

    Thanks,

    Cheryl D.

    • You can just decrease with k2tog instead of the ssk and the hat will be the same size and shape as one with the ssk. The difference is in the appearance of the stitches. With the k2tog/ssk combo for the decreases, from the crown there will be a spoke (some say star) pattern. It gives the appearance of two columns of stitches and stitches running under them from either side.

  67. So I made this pattern. Super easy but it really bunched up at the top with almost a star like look from the top. It wasn’t a smooth rounded top like I thought. Did I do something wrong or was it supposed to look like that? I used a circular up until the crown where I switched to DPN’s.

    • Did you make one of the larger sizes? The smaller sizes should definitely have smooth rounded tops. I have gotten comments about the larger sizes being bunched. What some have done is after the rounds I have for the crown, they add another round of knit and then a round of k2tog before finishing.

  68. If I cast on 88 what would my decrease be?

  69. I want to make this hat with worsted weight for a 5 year old. Can you advise me on needle size (7?) & do I follow toddler size hat for # of stitches?

    • What needle size does your yarn recommend? And with that needle size what is the gauge? The hat should be an inch or two smaller in circumference than the 5 yo’s head, so if you knew what size it needs to be, I could give you an exact cast on.

  70. Hi there! I just knit the toddler hat and it is huge! Way too big for even my husband. I checked my gauge and it’s correct, I can’t figure out what I did wrong! Help!

    • I went back and recalculated my circumferences and agree that what I had labeled a toddler size with the 108 cast on is much larger than a toddler size. I am so sorry for that. I have changed all that sizing in the pattern now. A cast on of 108 with a gauge of 22 stitches per 4 inches would produce a 19.5″ hat. This would be a teen or small adult size.

  71. hi see these wee baby hats can they be knitted on the circular needle all the way as I cant work on double pointed needles xxx

    • On a very small circular, they can be knitted up to the point of the crown reductions on one circular needle. I use a long circular with the magic loop method at that point. You can also use two circular needles to achieve the same effect as double pointed needles. There are both pictorial and video tutorials for both methods.

  72. I am making a hate for my 6 month old but I am using yarn for. A hat I just knit for myself. It is left over. I made a hat for myself on 8 in needles – circular- can I use ex same needles? It is the only one I own!! How many should I cast on? What size? My baby has a bigger heAd…

  73. Nathan from Australia

    Hi Mama

    I am relatively new to knitting & crochet, having been knitting for about 2 years, and starting simply patterns for about 4 months (crocheting only for a month so far).

    Following on from “Nadia’s comment dated March 14, 2013″, I too prefer knitting in the flat on standard single point needles. Rib stitch is sooo not my fave stitch, however I do soldier on as it gives that needed look & function ;)

    I wanted to know if following the:
    k2, p2 repeated
    Would generate an even rib stitch by knitting in the flat along 8 rows? (using the calcs for a newborn size?)

    I also prefer the K2Tog for decreasing, so where it says:
    K2Tog, SSK
    can I simply
    K2Tog, K2Tog
    I don’t mind if it has a “star effect”

    My apologies for asking these Q’s, as I have read through the comments and, while the Q’s have been answered, they were related to circular or DP needles and I wanted to check that I could make these few minor changes while knitting in the flat without ruining your lovely pattern. (Naturally I would simply sew the 2 sides together to join the beanie when done.)

    Many thanks in advance,

    Nathan

    • I agree that you would use the same k2, p2 pattern for both sides of flat knitting for the rib. You can use two K2tog instead of the SSK, just as you say, it would have a different look.

      • Nathan from Australia

        Thank you so much Mama! I am having a browse through your other patterns, as my good friend & her husband are expecting their first little girl in March 2014 – so I have plenty of time to knit & crochet! :) Thank you again!
        Nathan.

  74. If I use size 9 needles (knitting flat) with a “bulky” weight yarn whose gauge is 11 stitches per inch, how many stitches should I use for a 6 month old?? (could probably round up to 12 month old so it will last longer)
    thank you so much!!

  75. I only have a size 8 circular needle for this basic baby hat.
    How many stitches should I cast on for a newborn?
    Thanks.

  76. Does this darling cap come in crochet and if so could I get it in premie, new born, and 6 mos. 1 year. Could you please send me the pattern or one close to it. Much appreciated. Annie

  77. Bonjour, If I cast on 72 what would my decrease be? I read all the previous answers and can’t really figure it out… My first hat!

    I can’t wait to see the finish bonnet, it looks really good so far :)

    Merci!

    • Just follow the crown directions as written, repeating it around each round. You will repeat it 6 times across the round.

  78. Hi Mama,
    Would mind giving the number count after each decrease row for each size?
    I love the ease of this pattern and would appreciate it greatly.
    Thank you!

  79. I just finished this hat for a toddler size- and it WAY to big- I used the magic loop method and it’s about double the size- I’m not sure if I did something wrong?

    • I’m sorry about that. Not everyone knits to the same gauge. On your finished hat you can measure 4 inches across and see how many stitches you have per 4 inches. I used a gauge of 22 stitches which is typical for a DK weight yarn on size 6 needles.

  80. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions for using 4ply instead of 8ply. I was hoping to make this hat to match the cardigans I am making for my son and niece and have been using 4ply on those and should have enough leftover for this project, too.

    • For them to coordinate best, I’d recommend using the same size needles you used for the cardigans. Let me know what size hats you want to make and your gauge and I’ll convert the pattern for you.

  81. Michelle Edwards

    I would like to make this with size 5 needles for a newborn. What would you recommend I cast on?
    Thanks so much

    • If you are using DK yarn, there won’t be a big different in one size of needles. You should be fine following the pattern as written.

  82. I’m new at knitting, and your patterns are beautiful. So looking forward to making several of the patterns. Your lay out of your site is so inviting. Just LOVE it.

    Thanks for your great work.

  83. I’m using this pattern but just am a little confused about how to divide the 84 sts in multiples of 12 on dpns. Could you please be more specific about how many to put on each needle to make the pattern work? Sorry for such a stupid question, but thanks in advance for any replies.

    • If you are dividing between 3 needles, put 24 stitches on two of the needles and 36 on the other. If you are dividing between 4 needles, put 24 stitches on three of the needles and 12 on the other.

  84. Hey Mama! I wanted to ask your thoughts on making a matching hat for a cardigan I just wrapped up. The yarn is Cascade 220 Sport, and the gauge lists at 22-24 st./4″ on size 5 or 6 needles. I clocked in at 24 st/4″ (6st/in) on size 4 needles. I want to do the newborn size for the hat…. suggestions for a cast on with the size 4s? Thanks in advance!

    • I will give you measurements/cast on amounts and you can decide which will work best based on how stretchy the knit is and how much room to grow you want to allow.

      Average newborn head circumference is 14″, so beanie that fits without being saggy is usually 13″.
      With the repeat of this pattern, for your gauge, if you cast on 72, you will get a circumference of 12″. If you cast on 84, you will get a circumference of 14″.

  85. Thank you for this pattern. It was just what I was looking for! Your instructions are great and I found it was nice and easy. This was also my first opportunity to try magic loop and I found that I really enjoyed the technique. The only thing is that at a few points in the ribbing the stitches are stretched out. It basically looks like that column of ribbing has lost it’s elasticity (I hope that makes sense). Any advice on how to prevent that? Could it have been the cable I used?

    • The cable can contribute to that if it is stiff. I use Addi and Harmony circular needles which have very supple cables. It also just takes some practice getting the tension right (a little tighter) on the stitches right before and after the loops.

  86. Hello thank you for your pattern! I am making a lovely hat but as I am doing the decreasing and it is getting smaller, it is getting so tightly stretched on my circular needles it is really hard to knit!! Am I doing something wrong?

    • When you get to the crown where the decreases are made, you will need to shift to double pointed needles or some other method of knitting small circumferences in-the-round. Alternatively, you can start knitting back and forth and make a small seam in the crown.

  87. Hi there! I LOVE this baby hat. I just made it for my son that will be born in a few weeks. Thank you for posting the pattern. I’d like to make one for my husband as well. How many should I cast on with? How many rows should I knit the ribbing for and how high should I knit the hat? Is there anything else I should know that would be different when making this pattern for an adult?
    THANK YOU!!!

    • If you know what yarn you’d like to use for your husband’s hat, give me the recommended needle size and gauge and I’ll work it all out for you.

  88. also what size needles would you recommend?

  89. just completed this – very sweet hat and simple well-written pattern, thank you very much for making it available

  90. HI! I left a message for you but it seems to have disappeared. I’d like to make this beautiful hat for an adult. Would you please tell me how many to cast on and what size needles I should use? I made the infant hat and it is so cute! Thank you for the pattern.

    • If you know what yarn you’d like to use for the adult hat, give me the recommended needle size and gauge and I’ll work it all out for you.

  91. Knitted this hat in a Canadian style. It came out veery cute! I have posted pictures in Ravelry.

  92. Deborah Goodman

    This is my first magic loop hat. I noticed in the ribbing that on either side where the loop is on one side is two knit rows side by side and on the other loop side is two purl rows side by side how did that happen and how do I fix that? Thanks!

    • I don’t know how many stitches you started with, but my guess is, one of the odd multiples of 12, such as 60. Then it sounds like you divided evenly between the two parts of the magic loop (30/30), rather than in multiples of 12 (24/36). I generally advise to divide in multiples of 12 to make the crown reductions simpler, but dividing evenly for the ribbing and body is fine IF you then mark the first stitch of the round. At the loop that is not the first stitch of the round, continue the pattern from before the loop. It sounds like at the non-beginning loop, you began the pattern from the beginning of the row again.

  93. I just finished this hat, it came out well. It is a little big, and I cast on 72 stitches, I did however use two needles instead of the dpn or circular needles so I’m wondering if that’s what did it? This hat came out a tad too big and fits my head and would be too large for any average baby.

    These were amazing instructions by the way! I’d never made a hat before and other than the size and a few bumps along the way it turned out great!

    Thank you!

    • Sometimes your tension from method to method can differ and can make a difference in your gauge. I’m sorry it came out so large.

  94. Hi, Just wanted to check if I will get the same pattern shown in the pic after the rib stitch if I just do knit. Or should I do purl to get that pattern?

    • The pattern is written to be made in-the-round, so it is not turned after each row. When doing in-the-round, stockinette is made by knitting every round.

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