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Simple Lines Baby Hats for Straight Needles

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These are simple hats with just a bit of elegant detail in several sizes. This version is for straight needles. There is an in-the-round version available.

There are also patterns available for coordinating baby blankets.

Sizes:

Small preemie – 8″ circumference, 4″ high

Preemie – 10″ circumference, 5.5″ high

Newborn – 12″ circumference, 6″ high

6 month – 14″ circumference, 7″ high

12 month – 16″ circumference, 7.5″ high

Toddler – 18″ 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) 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.

s2kp2 = slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

Pattern:

Small preemie – Cast on 49

Preemie – Cast on 61

Newborn – Cast on 73

6 month – Cast on 85

12 month – Cast on 97

Toddler – Cast on 109

Repeat instructions between * across the row.

Squares:

Ribbing (6 rows for preemie size, 8 rows for other sizes):

Row 1: * k1, p1 * k1

Row 2: * p1, k1 * p1

Body:

Row 1: k

Row 2: p1 * k1, p5 *

Row 3: k

Row 4: p1 * k1, p5 *

Row 5: k

Row 6: p1 * k1, p5 *

Row 7: k

Row 8: p1 * k1, p1 *

Repeat these eight rows (end with an even row) until the hat measures the desired height for size including the ribbing:

Small preemie – 3″ high

Preemie – 4.25″ high

Newborn – 4.75″ high

6 month – 5.75″ high

12 month – 6.25″ high

Toddler – 6.75″ high

Crown:

Row 1: * k7, s2kp2, k2 * k1

Row 2: p1 * k1, p3, k1, p5 *

Row 3: * k1, s2kp2, k6 * k1

Row 4: p1 * k1, p3, k1, p3 *

Row 5: * k4, s2kp2, k1 * k1

Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *

Row 7: * s2kp2, k3 * k1

Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p1 *

Row 9: * k1, s2kp2 * k1

Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, seam side, secure and weave in end.

Vertical Stripes:

Ribbing (6 rows for preemie size, 8 rows for other sizes):

Row 1: * k1, p2, k1 * k1

Row 2: p1 * p1, k2, p1 *

Body:

Row 1: k

Row 2: p1 * p1, k1, p8, k1, p1 *

Repeat these two rows (end with a row 2) until the hat measures the desired height for size including the ribbing:

Small preemie – 3″ high

Preemie – 4.25″ high

Newborn – 4.75″ high

6 month – 5.75″ high

12 month – 6.25″ high

Toddler – 6.75″ high

Crown:

Row 1: * k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2 * k1

Row 2: p1 * p1, k1, p6, k1, p1 *

Row 3: * k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2 * k1

Row 4: p1 * p1, k1, p4, k1, p1 *

Row 5: * k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 * k1

Row 6: p1 * p1, k1, p2, k1, p1 *

Row 7: * k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 * k1

Row 8: p1 * p1, k2, p1 *

Row 9: * ssk, k2tog * k1

Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, seam side, secure and weave in end.

 

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51 Comments to “Simple Lines Baby Hats for Straight Needles”

  1. Love this pattern thank you so much. I wish my seams looked better.

  2. Thank you so very much for all the patterns you share. I’m a member of Knitting Paradise, and many member’s use your patterns for gifts for loved ones, and reccomend your site as and a link very highly. I too often come here to look at your beautiful pattern, their all a beautiful work of art! Thank you again for sharing your beautiful works of art.
    Sincerely Kherunnissa Yaseen (Nissa).

  3. May I have the pattern for the King Charles Brocade Hat. (I enjoyed making the King Charles Brocade Baby Blanket

  4. I just stumbled upon your patterns. They are AWESOME! I haven’t knitted in 30 years, and I’m getting back into it. Your patterns look like what I always loved about the craft. Thank you for sharing you talent with us!

  5. I just found your patterns while looking for a baby hat pattern! BLESS you for sharing these wonderful patterns!! You made my day!!!!

  6. thank you pattern looks good also thanks for your comments to change rounds patterns to straight dorothy

  7. I consider myself still a beginner so I want to be sure I understand what you mean by S2KP2. I don’t want to guess wrong and have to do over.

  8. Ah never mind I found your instruction on this…..crossing my fingers I do it right.

  9. I just finished making the newborn size hat. It’s perfect. I’ve tried other patterns, but non seemed to end up with the proper dimensions – either too shallow or too loose at the rim. But this one is great! Thank you so much for sharing =)

  10. Thank you so much for printing out a pattern with out using DP needles…Being a knitter for many many years.I am now in my senior years with Arthritis and find the DPs are hard to use, but still want to keep busy with making cute things for my Great grandaughter. Love your web site. Thanks, Lois

  11. I have already made the vertical stripes blanket that goes with this hat and would now like to make a matching hat. I used acrylic and nylon yarn #4 medium for the blanket. What size needles and which pattern ( would I use maybe small premmie because of the yarn weight?) should I follow to make this hat for a newborn. Help please!!

    • Use the needle size recommended by the yarn. For #4, it’s probably around 5mm. I think the small premmie might be too small. The premmie cast on would make about a 13″ hat, so pretty good size to stretch slightly for a newborn.

  12. Sorry but as i’m just learning how to use knitting patterns I don’t know much about them, so i’m just wondering if there’s a way to change the height so it’s less?
    Thanks :)

  13. When u say knit untill 4.25″ high is the inches or cm please?

  14. Please help me understand step 3 during the making of the crown of Pattern 1. (Row 3: * k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2 * k1) Does it mean that we have to keep on repeating the pattern within the * and end the row on K!. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m stuck at this point.

  15. Hello! I am knitting this for a newborn – however I have only ever knitted adult beanies. 4.75inch plus the crown seems quite long? Or does it look shorter when on the baby as the crown stretches? I noticed that I could simply knit the body shorter, but I wouldn’t want it too short. Does anybody have any photos of this hat on a model?

    Thanks!

  16. does “slip 2 together knitwise” mean that you do not slip them one at a time but rather as if you were going to do a knit 2 together?

  17. Charlotte waters

    I need a pattern for newborn and premie to knit. No stitch together Gathers at the crown. Thank you

  18. What does ‘ssk’ mean? Can’t figure this abbreviation out!

    • ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.

      • Got it!! Thanks for your prompt help!! I have made three of your baby afghans and hat sets and love the patterns. You are very generous in sharing all your patterns with so many. I thank you! You are appreciated!

  19. hi I’ve been attempting your beanies(simple lines baby hats for straight needles) & have found them very good for newborn & toddler. As I am a very beginner & like easy patterns with just 2 needles. I was wondering if you had patterns for older children. Also would you have an easy patterns for baby mittens & booties that are as easy as the beanie. Also any easy patterns for older children & adults for booty type bed socks. Much appreciated if you could help. Thank you. Susan

  20. Question: is the asterisk in the right place in row 2 under vertical stripes: body? I casted on 85. It doesn’t add up unless I am doing something wrong.

    • Row 2: p1 * p1, k2, p1 *

      There are 4 stitches in the repeat area between the asterisks. A purl is made first and then the repeat of 4 is made 21 times. 1 + 4×21 = 85

  21. I absolutely love this pattern. Thank you soo much for posting it. I made the square design and it turned out beautifully. I was wondering whether you’d be able to adapt the same design but to make full mittens and how that’d be done.
    Thanks again

  22. Thanks so much for the pattern! Knitting baby hats for the hospital and these are perfect!

  23. what does s2kp2,k2 mean?

  24. Thank you so much. I made one and love the easy to follow pattern. Also thank you for the no fuss site where you don’t have to sign up to get free patterns. Bless you. Much appreciated.

  25. Hope you can help I am doing the toddler hat
    The square patten could you pleas tell me what
    You mean by ending on a even row
    Thanks

    • Continue repeating those 8 rows until it is the pre-crown length needed. Work either a row 2, 4, 6 or 8 as your last row before beginning the crown. The crown begins on the right side, so the last row of the body needs to be a wrong side row.

  26. I am doing the square pattern and could you tell me what you mean by ending on an even row goes that mean a knit row awaiting your reply so I can finish this lovely hat.

    • Continue repeating those 8 rows until it is the pre-crown length needed. Work either a row 2, 4, 6 or 8 as your last row before beginning the crown. The crown begins on the right side, so the last row of the body needs to be a wrong side row.

  27. Bonnie Skjonsberg

    When you say slip 2 knitwise, are you knitting these two stiches together or just slipping onto needle. Also, s2Kp2,(slip 2 together, knitwise) k1, pass 2 slipped stiches together. Question: Slip 2 together knitwise, does this mean just slipping 2 onto needle or knitting these 2 slipped stiches. Question: Pass 2 slipped stiches together, what does that mean?

    Thank you for your help.

    • To slip 2 knitwise, insert the needle as though you were going to knit them together, but don’t knit them. Just slip them onto the other needle.

      So for the complete stitch, slip 2 knitwise, then knit the next stitch. Then use the other needle to lift the 2 stitches that you slipped over the just knitted stitch and off the needle. So the result will be that for those three stitches, you will result with the third of the three knitted and the other two around it.

      Whenever you knit stitches together, one of the stitches always ends up on top. The goal of this stitch is to make the middle stitch the top stitch so that it looks like the two on either side disappear behind the center one.

  28. Do you cast off before sewing the seam?

    • You don’t cast off in the traditional sense, but yes, you do pull the end of the yarn through the last stitches (therefore removing them from the needle) and secure them before sewing the side seam.

      • So, no need to ” bind off”, but rather just pull needle out when done, use extra length of yarn, run it through all open loops of stitches and then….how do I secure them?
        Thank you for any help!

        • I use a yarn needle with the “tail” of yarn in the eye to slip the stitches off the knitting needle. That prevents losing a loop. I insert the yarn needle back through the first loop and then through to the “inside” of the hat. I pull the yarn through a couple of loops nearby and then do that again but that time not pull it all the way so that I have a loop sticking up. I use the needle to twist the loop and then pull the needle through it and carefully pull it tight so that the loop reduces to a knot next to the inside of the hat. If that tail of yarn is long enough you can then use it to seam the edge and then do the same sort of knot at the other end to secure it.

  29. Mama, I see you’ve been fielding questions and comments on these hats since 2013. Hope you’re still at it.

    I’m getting back into knitting after a stroke. So, the first hat I found in my stash was on straight needles and liked it so much that I’m sending it to a great grandchild. So what if I’ve already sent a baby cap, these look so enticing that I want to do them too. Guess I’ll be a specialist in baby caps until I can branch out to something else that accommodates my limited vision. Thanks so much for sharing. Actually, these caps look like what is knitted in England. Love them!
    jane

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