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Basic Ribbed Baby/Child Hat

14 November 2011

This is a very basic ribbed hat in several sizes.

Sizes:
Preemie – 10″ circumference, 6″ high
Newborn – 12″ circumference, 7″ high
6 month – 14″ circumference, 8″ high
12 month – 16″ circumference, 9″ high
Toddler – 18″ circumference, 9.5″ high

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

Materials:
0.5 to 2 oz (40 to 160 yards) of DK weight soft 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
6 month – Cast on 84
12 month – Cast on 96
Toddler – 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.

Body:
Repeat k1, p2, k1 across the round. Do this for each round until the piece measures as follows:
Preemie – 4.75″ high
Newborn – 5.75″ high
6 month – 6.75″ high
12 month – 7.75″ high
Toddler – 8.25″ high

Crown:
Repeat across the round
Rnd 1: ssk, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2tog
Rnd 2: k1, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1
Rnd 3: ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog
Rnd 4: k3, p2, k3
Rnd 5: ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog
Rnd 6: k2, p2, k2
Rnd 7: ssk, p2, k2tog
Rnd 8: k1, p2, k1
Rnd 9: ssk, k2tog
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:
12/17/15 – replaced a broken link for Magic Loop method

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59 Comments to “Basic Ribbed Baby/Child Hat”

  1. do you hav the pattern for the blanket i would like to make the blanket and hat i have two baby’s coming in oct

  2. i will be using a worsted weight yarn for this hat. the child is 5 years old. what modifications do i need to do?
    thanks

  3. Good morning. I really would love to try this hat and will be using worsted weight yarn. The hat will be for a 1 year old. What size needles should I use and what number of stitches should I cast on? Thanks.

    Sue

  4. I.love this hat but i find the stitches backwards when i start the crown. What am I doing wrong?

    • When you start the decrease round your stitches on the row previous should be: k1, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, etc.

      So the first decrease round (ssk, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2tog) –
      The ssk will be on a k and p making the k be on top. The k2tog will be on a p and k, making the k be on top.

  5. I want to make this hat for a 6 month old. I have size 7 needles. How many stiches should I cast on?

  6. Hi
    If I want to make this hat for a baby whose head measures 15 1/2 inches and I am using sport weight yarn with size five needles what number stitches would you cast on?
    Thank you

  7. I want to knit this hat for my grandson who is three Mont old also in a chunky wool how many stiches will . Cast on and what size needles do I use

  8. I would like to make the hat without folding over the rim. How many inches should I knit up for the 6 month size before decreasing?

  9. Do you have a baby beanie pattern that is a 1×1 rib.
    Thank you

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! Can you tell me how many to cast on for a newborn size using worsted weight and size 6 needles?

    • I’m just having to guess a bit about what gauge that would produce, but I’m guessing in-between 17 stitches per 4 inches (worsted on size 8) and 22 stitches per 4 inches (DK on size 6). I guessed 19 stitches per 4 inches, and with that adjustment, if you cast on as a preemie size, that will work out to be a newborn size.

  11. I love that you have such a great Q & A section! I am a new knitter and need to ask questions when I am trying something new. Going to start this hat today for soon to arrive g’baby. I love that it’s stretchy,so he may get more than one winter out of it. Great site!

  12. Hi! So I have a question. If I’m using size 8 needles and thicker yarn how many stitches do I do still? It’s for a newborn but I’m about halfway through with the needles and yarn I have and it’s HUGE?

    • I just have to guess not knowing the gauge of your yarn. A typical gauge for yarn that would recommend size 8 needles would be 18 stitches per 4 inches. In that case, cast on 60. If your yarn has fewer stitches per 4 inches and what you have made seems like it is more than a couple of inches too big, then you can cast on 48.

  13. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Hi Mama

    this is the best site I have ever found for baby hats etc
    this will be my go to for special patterns
    great job on explain step by step

    thanks again

  15. How do I decrease in k2p2 ribbed hat with 84 stiches? I knitted 5.5 inches. Should I decrease now. How?

    I need help with this.

    thanks in advance for responding so that I can finish my hat.

    • I am knitted this hat with 4 needles. does this make a difference for decreasing.

      • If you didn’t divide the stitches in groups of 12, you may have to move stitches around to combine them for the decreases, but that is the only issue.

    • Body:
      6 month – 6.75″ high
      Then start the crown section. This will make the hat long for a good size border to flip up.

  16. Do you have any flat hat patterns to be done with long needles?

  17. Hello,
    I would love to make this for an adult lady.
    How would I go about doing that?
    Thank you!

  18. Thank you so much for the free pattern! My friend broke her foot, so I am going to make her a little “sock” to cover the bottom of her cast, as her feet are always cold. Your pattern is perfect.

    Best wishes for the holidays!

  19. hi,just discovered your wonderful helpful site.it’a my 61st.birthday today and all i wanted to do was make a hat for my husband. I’m not too good on computers and it’s amazing to get so help and free too. He has a large head so I’m going to do k2p2 for 104 sts. thank you so much. birthdays can be touch and I’m happy to find just what I wanted. have been struggling on my own and ripping out and starting over, guessing how many sts. to start with and always wrong. Bless you. Theresa

  20. I have a problem with hats stretching out over time and becoming more like bowls. Which is more stretchy and holds its shape longer: K1P1 or K2P2? Is there a better yarn choice to help with this problem, such as one that is part synthetic? I usually know with pure wool. Thanks for your help.

    • Synthetic yarns will be more apt to keep their shape than natural ones. K1P1 fits more snuggly, so will have to be stretched more to be worn, so I would think it would have more of a tendency to get stretched out of shape if the yarn has that tendency. I have seen some K2P2 that looked like a bowl, but I think that some knitters (especially less experienced ones) don’t keep the same tension with any ribbing that they do with stockinette.

  21. Kindly explain to me more of how to do the ssk. Am a beginner in Knitting and wanted to try out this pattern. Thanks

  22. Hi,

    I want to knit a matching hat for mum and 6 months old baby using 3.5mm needles, how many stitches I need to cast and how tall in the body for the mum’s? Thank you

  23. Just found your blogs. Very cool.
    If I’m not knitting in the round how do I decrease. Still haven’t mastered knitting in the round. Thanks

    • If you are not knitting in the round, you still decrease the same way. Usually you want to do the decrease rows on your right side rows.

  24. Hi. Love your site.
    Want to knit the hat for a 1 year old but all in garter stitch, would I need fewer stitches?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    Regards
    Geraldine

  25. Thank you for your reply and help

    Geraldine

  26. Hi I’d love to do do this in a 3 and 4 yr old is that possible please

  27. Hi, thank you for the pattern. I knit on the ‘ loose side’ I would like to make a hat for a year old. I’ m using dk and size 4 needles . Since I tend to knit big, how many stitches should I cast on?

  28. I always have trouble sizing hats b/c I knit too loose. I would like to make a 12 month baby hat or toddler hat. I’m using dk and US 4 needles. How many do I cast on in my case?

  29. Hello,

    I just made this hat for my son, it’s so beautiful! I want to make a matching one for my husband, who has a very large head and lots of curly hair. I’m using size 6 circular needles. How many stitches do you recommend I cast on? Thank you!

  30. Can you make this hat with two needles?? How would you do he decrease rows?

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