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Basic Ribbed Baby/Child Hat

14 November 2011

This is a very basic ribbed hat in several 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

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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24 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?

  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.


  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.

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    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
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