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Textured Baby Hats

These three hats all begin with the same ribbing and can be completed with the Little Check pattern (darker blue), King Charles Brocade (light blue) or the English Diamond Block pattern (green). Instructions are given for preemie and newborn sizes.

There are patterns available for coordinating blankets for the King Charles Brocade and the Little Check.

There is a straight needle version of these patterns here.

Sizes:
Preemie – 10″ circumference
Newborn – 12″ circumference

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

Materials:
0.5 to 0.6 oz (40 to 50 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
k3tog = knit three together
p3tog = purl three together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
s2kp2sso = slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

Cast on and Ribbing (same for all three hats):
Cast on 60 for preemie size or 72 for newborn. 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.

Repeat round instructions across the entire round.

Ribbing (6 rounds for preemie size, 8 rounds for newborn size: k3, p3

Body and Crown:
Little Checks

Rnd 1: k
Rnd 2: p
Rnd 3: k
Rnd 4: p3, k3
Rnd 5: k
Rnd 6: p3, k3
Rnd 7: k
Rnd 8: p
Rnd 9: k
Rnd 10: p
Rnd 11: k
Rnd 12: k3, p3
Rnd 13: k
Rnd 14: k3, p3
Rnd 15: k
Rnd 16: p
Rnds 17-30: repeat rnds 1-14
Rnd 31: s2kp2sso, k9
Rnd 32: p
Rnd 33: k4, s2kp2sso, k3
Rnd 34: p
Rnd 35: k1, s2kp2sso, k4
Rnd 36: p1, k1, p1, k3
Rnd 37: k3, s2kp2sso
Rnd 38: p1, k1
Rnd 39: s2kp2sso, k1
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.

King Charles Brocade

Rnd 1: k9, p1, k1, p1
Rnd 2: p1, k7, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rnd 3: k1, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Rnd 4: p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3
Rnd 5: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4
Rnd 6: k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k5
Rnd 7: k3, p1, k1, p1, k6
Rnd 8: as rnd 6
Rnd 9: as rnd 5
Rnd 10: as rnd 4
Rnd 11: as rnd 3
Rnd 12: as rnd 2
Rnds 13-24: repeat rnds 1-12
Rnds 25-30: repeat rnds 1-6
Rnd 31: k2, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k5
Rnd 32: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4
Rnd 33: k1, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k4
Rnd 34: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3
Rnd 35: p2tog, k1, p2tog, k3
Rnd 36: k1, p1, k4
Rnd 37: p1, k1, p1, k3tog
Rnd 38: k1, p1
Rnd 39: p3tog, k1
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.

English Diamond Block Pattern

Rnd 1: k4, p1, k4, p3
Rnd 2: k3, p3, k3, p3
Rnd 3: k2, p5, k5
Rnd 4: k1, p7, k4
Rnd 5: p9, k3
Rnd 6: as rnd 4
Rnd 7: as rnd 3
Rnd 8: as rnd 2
Rnds 9-24: repeat rnds 1-8 twice
Rnds 25-30: repeat rnds 1-6
Rnd 31: k2, p5, k2, k3tog
Rnd 32: k3, p3, k3, p1
Rnd 33: k3, p3tog, k3, p1
Rnd 34: k2, p3, k2, p1
Rnd 35: k2, p3tog, k3
Rnd 36: k1, p3, k2
Rnd 37: p1, p3tog, p1, k1
Rnd 38: k1, p1, k2
Rnd 39: k3tog, k1
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:
6/30/14 – added link to straight needle version.

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

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94 Comments to “Textured Baby Hats”

  1. I’m new to knitting. Could you please explain how to knit 60 sts. in the round using a size 6, 40″ circular needle. Thanks so much.

    • I’m using the long circular to make a magic loop instead of using double pointed needles. There is a good tutorial on using magic loops at this site:
      http://weebleknits.net/mloop.html

      • I’m a beginner so to speak…one year of basic knitting. I know how to do lace knitting, yarn overs, slip stitches, etc. but what’s the difference in Round vs. Row.
        I have basic needles, all widths, and three sets of circular knitting needles, all 30 inches.

        I’m terribly confused, and these are supposed to be “easy”.
        I’ve never made clothing of any type, so bare with me.

        I have made oodles of scarves while learning basics, simple Afghans, lace knitted doilies, but I need help with the hats, sweaters, etc.

        I live in the country, so I have no one around that knits and can help me.

        Thank you. Sue

        • This isn’t my video, but I thought it was a good explanation of knitting in the round. It demonstrates using double pointed needles and circular needles:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ajp0QUWYkk

          If you use double pointed needles then you can go right into the crown reductions without any problem. If you are using a small circular needle (12″) to knit in the round, you might have to switch to double pointed needles in the crown section.

          I’m not a fan of double pointed needles, so I prefer to use a really long circular needle (it’s best to have 40″ or longer) to use the magic loop method to knit in the round. This is not my tutorial, but I thought it a good one for the magic loop: http://weebleknits.net/mloop.html

          Hope that helps.

        • I just used a 16 inch circular needle size 6 cnnected to the beginning st and continued with pattern. you just have to remember that you will always be working on the right side. so you have to adjust the pattern accordingly

  2. Mary Anne Kozmoski

    I am having trouble doing these hats on double pointed or circular needles.

    Why can’t they be done on regular long needles?

    • The pattern is written for in the round knitting, so every row is the right side, but could certainly be converted to regular flat knitting and just add a seam. Every other row will need to be reversed (purls for knits, knits for purls) and worked in reverse order

      • Hi, I usually change patterns to regular needles but I add an extra stitch on each end, to be used when I seam.

        I just prefer a longer straight needle to hang on to while knitting,thus a regular needle. I wish they would make the needle longer on circular. They are too short for me and my way of knitting. Know of a place to buy?

        • I haven’t seen circular needles with anything but the shorter needle part. I know a lot of people who prefer longer straight needles and there is a certainly nothing wrong with that.

  3. These patterns look great …..can’t wait to try them!
    Your instructions look easy to follow. I knit preemie hats
    for a charity that ships them all over the U.S. to neo-natal depts. in hospitals so these patterns will get a work out from me!

  4. do you have an adult hat pattern like the one above been knitting forever but not very good at adjusting differend sizes for patterns thanks

    • To adjust this to an adult size, you could use a worsted weight yarn and size 8 (5 mm) needles. Cast on 84 for an adult woman size or 96 for an adult man. Add more repeats of the body pattern rows to make the hat taller. Good luck!

      • Thanks so much for the conversion. When I find a nice pattern (which these are) I enjoy knitting adult sizes more than baby/child so this is much appreciated.

  5. TKU for the lovely patterns.

    Is it easy to make them prinatble or in pdf form?
    Karen

  6. I am so sorry I just now noticed the pdf button. Too tired :(.

    TKS again, Karen. XX

  7. Thanks so much for the baby hat patterns. I volunteer at Ronald McDonald house, and have been wanting a pattern. These look so cute!

  8. Love all your patterns. Just added you to my favorites. My daughter and both had cancer at the same time 2 years ago. She, breast – me, lung. I didn’t lose my hair, it just thinned, but I did a lot of hats for her and continue to make them and leave in the basket at the Cancer Center when I am there for follow-up testing, etc. My husband has just completed radiation for prostate cancer, so we are there a lot! LOVE – LOVE the idea of having a finished hat with me, as I always have a project with me, and people do ask. I also do preemie items and Project Linus things. I think that paying forward becomes an important part of healing after a life threatening illness. It helps you focus on something other than yourself and gives you a sense of accomplishment while helping someone else. I know I’ll never stop. Thanks to All for All you do.

  9. OOPs…. I can blame it on chemo brain. Thought I was on the comment section for the lacy chemo hats. Oh well… it still applies to all the great patterns and to all you great knitters. Keep it up.

    • So…well said. I will always remember your words:
      It helps you focus on something other than yourself and gives you a sense of accomplishment while helping someone else.
      Thanks, Rajul

  10. This is a comment to Sandy on May 2, Alice May 3 and Sue May 4. If there is a chance to get smaller circular needles you will be in “seventh heaven” believe me. I make premie hats and use 12″ length circular needles by ADDI. You can find them on the internet go to Addi.com or put in Addi knitting needles and you will get the site. The 16″ length needles are good for adult hats then when you get to decreasing you can end up with the 12″. I got real happy knowing I DID NOT have to make a seam.
    Any questions just make a comment to me or check my email.
    I got my needles at a yarn shop that is really close to where I live so feel blesses that way but you can get them on line. I usually have 2 or 3 different lengths in same sizes so there is NOT so much needle cable getting tangled up on small items to knit. Hope this helps all of you.

  11. Hi thank you for sending this beautiful patterns. I do knitt for charity for a shelter in our area and for the hospital for primies and children in general.Thanks again CELIA.

  12. when knitting in the round cast on one extra stitch, then knit the last stitch and the first stitch together you get a perfect circle i knit hats all the time and enjoy doing them

  13. HELP I started to knit the textured baby hat. The intsructions call for size 6 needle 40″ circular needle. Hey no way. Help I am about 15 mile from circular needles, please what is the right size. Happy Trails Ginger

    • The 40″ circular is for a magic loop. That is my preferred method of knitting in the round on things with tiny circumferences. There are instructions for using a magic loop at: http://weebleknits.net/mloop.html

      Alternatively, if you can find a very small circular, such as a 12″, you could do most of the hat on that and then switch to double pointed needles for the crown. You can also make the whole hat on double pointed needles.

  14. Thanks for this pattern. I prefer using magic loop method as well, or using two sets of the same size of circular needles (Cat Bordhi style). I got the interchangeable nickel-plated circular needles from Knitpicks.com, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They are very light and slick, and I have hand problems, so the yarn just glides smoothly and they are lightweight, and don’t hurt my hands. I also like how the chord never gets tangled.

    Thanks again for the patterns. I would like to make this for my kids. They are very adorable.

  15. I love the pattern and am desperate to make a little hat for a friends upcoming baby but I only have size 8 circular needles. How many should I cast on?

    • Everyone’s gauge is a bit different anyway. You can make a little swatch in the yarn you are using and the size 8 needles and see how many stitches are in 4 inches. Then based on the circumference you want your hat to be, find some multiple of 12 stitches that will get you close to that measurement.

  16. I love these patterns. I have a 10 month old grandson for which I would love to knit these hats. I never knit a hat so please explain how to measure or add stitches so that I can knit a bigger hat. These hats are just too cute. Thanks a billion. Sincerely, Barbara

    • On these particular hats I only gave instructions for the two little sizes because the crown instructions were given after a certain point in the stitch pattern. If you feel comfortable finding your own way with the crown decreases, you can use my basic pattern (http://blogs.thetucker.com/knit/2011/03/21/basic-baby-hat/) as a guide for the initial stitches to cast on and how long to make the hat before starting the crown decreases. These hats and the basic hat are all multiples of 12.

  17. ok, so im using size 5 DPNs and my gauge is 8st/in so i have to cast on 96 st to get the right size (i used this gauge converter thing that tells you how many st you will need for the gauge you have.) so my question is will the hat still come out the same if i follow the pattern here with 96 st instead of 72 (oh the hat is for a newborn)

  18. I have been following the pattern to do the English diamond block pattern, but it does not look like the one pictured. It looks more like a cross between the diamond and little checks. Anyone else have a similar problem?

  19. Never mind! I confused between the King Charles Brocade and the Diamond Block Pattern.

  20. I’ve knitted all three of these baby hats and haven’t gotten the design on the light blue one. What is this pattern. I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was seven years olds and am now over sixty. Can you clearify the light blue large diamond design?

  21. what does md mean in King Charles Brocade pattern? when you get to rnd8. Kathy

  22. Thank you so much for these lovely patterns. I will adjust them to the adult sizes for Knots of Love Charity that I knit for if that is OK. The names are very “English” and great.
    Thanks again, Hester

  23. Hi Mama

    I love these patterns…..can I make them on normal needles not round ones.

    Thanks

    God Bless

    Fiona

    • These can be made using regular needles and not made in the round, but the instructions are written for in the round knitting where every round is the right side. To convert, every other row must be converted to a wrong side row by working it in reverse order and swapping knits for purls and purls for knits. The completed hat will need a seam.

  24. The English Diamond Block Pattern doesn’t look like the picture. I have purls in some rows between the diamonds when I follow the pattern. I am using circular needles. Do you have a corrected pattern, or what am I doing wrong. Thanks.

    • Of the hats in the picture, were you wanting to make the green one or the light blue one? There has been a lot of confusion about which hat was which. The light blue one is the King Charles Brocade and the green one is the English Diamond Block. I just now added those colors by the names under the picture. If that misled you, I am so sorry. Let me know if you were really wanting to make the green hat. Several other people have made that pattern and I haven’t been made aware of any problems with the pattern yet.

  25. I am knitting King Charles Brocade but it does not look like the picture. It looks more like yet a different Diamond Pattern. I am an experienced knitter and knit mostly
    for a Shelter.

  26. When I printed the pattern it did not make clear which is which. Now I know, so I am not knitting the one I meant to knit. That is okay though.

  27. I have made two out of three. They came out so adorable. Thanks a lot .

  28. Can you have a site that just shows a copy of the pattern and a picture of it – NO comments. I am wasting so much ink and paper printing all of these comments!

  29. Love these hats! I hope to make at least two of them. Thanks for such cute patterns.

  30. Also a beginner here – this hat was my first time on DPNs! The King Charles Brocade knitted up so cute! Thanks for the terrific pattern, I am in awe! I was kind of worried I was doing something wrong with the last 8 rows, but when it was done, I saw how it was shaped. Love it! Can’t wait to give it to my new niece for christmas! I want to start another one right away!

  31. I made all three of these; two in sizes for a child, and one for my daughter-in-law. I added cute pompoms on the top by knitting in pompom yarn in the last row (along with the regular yarn) and then when I drew it in, it made a lovely, multicolor pompom that will not pull out.

    • Lynn, I would also love to size up the hat for my children. Can you (or anyone :) ) describe what alterations you made to the pattern (co stitches, any changes to decrease rows)? My daughter’s head is 19 in circumference. Thanks!

      • If you are using DK yarn and size 6 needles, cast on 108. You may have to add a repeat or two of the pattern to make the hat tall enough. Crown can be done as directed, but you may want to add one more rnd of decreases to keep the top from puckering.

        You can also cast on the 72 stitches of the pattern and use worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles.

  32. I love the paterns of all baby hats, wish I know how to make them. Been trying to learn a bit on how to cast on. So far I learn how to knit and purl and that is all. thank you so much for sharing all good paterns that someday I will catch on. willing to knit. delia primeau.

  33. all twisted about

    Absolutely beautiful! I look forward to making both the King Charles hat and blanket! Thank you for sharing!!

  34. Thank you for the beautiful patterns,I look forward to knitting it for my friend’s newborn baby and I expect it to look like those in the picture when I’m done.

  35. I made the “Little checks” hat on straight needles.
    It is beautiful, I love it. Like a completely new design.

    I don’t like knitting with the wire needles or the set of four, so I just tried it on straight … glad I did.

  36. I am anxious to try these patterns. I’ve been knitting since I was 8 and I’m now 74 so I’ve been at it for awhile.
    Our United Methodist Woman’s group has a ‘baby shower’ once a year for our local “Cradle of hope” and that is coming up in April. I had already decided to make hats this year so these hat’s fit right in. Thank you for sharing your patterns.

  37. Finally finished the King’s Brocade in a lovely baby bamboo. Ready for my nephew! The pattern is very clear – I am looking forward to knitting up the other two.
    I did find the end product has some lumps where I switch between DPNs. Any advice on how to reduce/eliminate these?
    I would like to try these patterns for a 3 and 5 year old. Not sure how…but I’ll figure something out.
    Thanks for posting these patterns – I love the texture and dimension without complicated instructions. Tricky to find cute easy patterns suitable for baby boys!

    • Once the hat is made, you may try wetting it and working around in the lumpy area to ease it. If you can tell if the tension is too tight or too loose at the needle changes, you can make a conscious effort to adjust your tension at those points.

      The easiest way to make a bit bigger version is to increase needle size to a 7 or 8 and go up a bit in yarn weight.

      If you want to keep the same needle size and yarn weight, you can add stitches in multiples of 12. Depending on which of the three patterns, extra repeats can be added to make the hat taller. The problem is that especially the King’s Brocade pattern has a very large row repeat, so it’s hard to control the height.

  38. I would like to thank you for all of the fantastic baby hat patterns. I have started knitting for our local hospital gift shop and all of your patterns have been a big hit.

  39. Have been trying to knit the King Charles Brocade baby hat on two needles and it just doesn’t come out right. Have tried it several times with the same results.Have knit the blanket before and didn’t have any trouble with it. Help!

  40. Please help!! I have knit the baby blanket, and I would love to knit the matching hat, but im not understanding a few things. Can i use regular needles… the ones i have used for the blanket? Can you please example the pattern to me using the regular needles. I would truly love to give this as a shower gift in early July. But, I need help with the hat.

    Thanks for your time!!!

  41. I was hoping to make the king charles brocade hat… and if you had the time.. if you can also send me a simple pattern for matching booties.. i would greatly appreicate your help. I have only knit with straight needles. Im not the greatest knitter, but your pattern for the blanket makes me look like a pro… lol I would like to give the blanket, hat and booties as a shower gift in early July.

    Thank-you so very much

    • Here is the straight needle version of the King Charles Brocade Hat –

      Cast on and Ribbing :
      Cast on 61 for preemie size or 73 for newborn.
      Repeat instructions between * across row.
      Ribbing (6 rows for preemie size, 8 rows for newborn size):
      Row 1: * k3, p3 * k1
      Row 2: p1 * k3, p3 *

      King Charles Brocade
      Row 1: * k9, p1, k1, p1 * k1
      Row 2: k1 * p1, k1, p1, k1, p7, k1 *
      Row 3: * k1, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
      Row 4: k1 * p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1 *
      Row 5: * k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4 * k1
      Row 6: p1 * p4, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 *
      Row 7: * k3, p1, k1, p1, k6 * k1
      Row 8: as row 6
      Row 9: as row 5
      Row 10: as row 4
      Row 11: as row 3
      Row 12: as row 2
      Rows 13-24: repeat rows 1-12
      Rows 25-30: repeat rows 1-6
      Row 31: * k2, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k5 * k1
      Row 32: p1 * p4, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 *
      Row 33: * k1, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k4 * k1
      Row 34: k1 * p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 *
      Row 35: * p2tog, k1, p2tog, k3 * p1
      Row 36: p1 * p4, k1, p1 *
      Row 37: * p1, k1, p1, k3tog * p1
      Row 38: p1 * k1, p1 *
      Row 39: * p3tog, k1 * p1
      Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam edges together, secure and weave in end.

  42. Hi, I’ve come back to your site every little while. I love your designs, the sizes and variations. Their all great. Thank you so much for sharing I’m sure many kpier’s also reccommend and make your designs as gifts for others. (KP, Knitting Paradise forum)
    Again just a big thank you.
    Nissa.

  43. Would these still turn out if i dont knit in the round? I find this too confusing how can i adapt the pattern?

  44. Thanks for the converted pattern, could you please convert the other two for me as well.

  45. How many stitches to cast on for 8yr girl and 4yr girl. Adopted family and wanted to knit these hats for the girls for Christmas.

    Thanks,

    • At those ages they need pretty much the same size – around 18 inches or so. With DK yarn and size 6 needs as given in the pattern, case on 96 stitches. If you’d like to use worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72.

  46. Beautiful hats! How long is a baby considered ‘newborn’… Do you think they would fit a three month old? Thank you!

  47. I’ve made all of these baby hats and love them! Thank you for posting easy, beautiful patterns! I plan on knitting up a bunch in a variety of colors so I can include them in baby shower gifts (as I am at the age where all of my friends are having babies).

  48. Is there a straight needle version for the english diamond block pattern? thanks :)

  49. Hi Mama can you use this pattern to make Adult hats for chemo patients too? If so how many stitches do I use ? Thanks !

  50. I have almost finished the King Charles brocade blanket and would like to do the hat to match, Is it possible for you to give me the pattern to knit with ordinary pins? as i know i would get confussed. Many thanks.

  51. Do you have this pattern in a larger size (women)?

  52. FYI, the instructions on the mobile version are different than that on the website. Caused some confusion! Now I am sticking to the website ;)

    • We don’t have a mobile version. I’d love more details about how you saw it and what it was so that we can look into it.

  53. Wow I sure love all three of these hats. I have two great grandaughters one is 4 months old and the other one is 3, how many stitches should I add if I want to make one for my 3 year old? I would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks for your help. These are the best little hats I have found.

    Linda

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