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Textured Baby Hats for Straight Needles

8 November 2013
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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.

These instructions are for straight needles. See this alternate pattern for in-the-round instructions.

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

Preemie – 10″ circumference
Newborn – 12″ circumference

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

0.5 to 0.6 oz (40 to 50 yards) of DK weight baby yarn
Size 6 (4 mm) needles
Yarn needle

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 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 *

Body and Crown:
Little Checks

Repeat instructions between * across row.
Row 1 (right side): * k *
Row 2: * k *
Row 3: * k *
Row 4: k1 * p3, k3 *
Row 5: * k *
Row 6: k1 * p3, k3 *
Row 7: * k *
Row 8: * k *
Row 9: * k *
Row 10: * k *
Row 11: * k *
Row 12: k1 * p3, k3 *
Row 13: * k *
Row 14: k1 * p3, k3 *
Row 15: * k *
Row 16: * k *
Rows 17-30: repeat rows 1-14
Row 31: * s2kp2sso, k9 * k1
Row 32: * k *
Row 33: * k4, s2kp2sso, k3 * k1
Row 34: * k *
Row 35: * k1, s2kp2sso, k4 * k1
Row 36: k1 * p3, k1, p1, k1 *
Row 37: * k3, s2kp2sso * k1
Row 38: k1 * p1, k1 *
Row 39: * s2kp2sso, k1 * k1
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.

King Charles Brocade

Repeat instructions between * across row.
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 * p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2 *
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.

English Diamond Block Pattern

Repeat instructions between * across row.
Row 1 (right side): * k4, p1, k4, p3 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k3, p3, k3, p3 *
Row 3: * k2, p5, k5 * k1
Row 4: p1 * p4, k7, p1 *
Row 5: * p9, k3 * p1
Row 6: as row 4
Row 7: as row 3
Row 8: as row 2
Rows 9-24: repeat rows 1-8 twice
Rows 25-30: repeat rows 1-6
Row 31: * k2, p5, k2, k3tog * k1
Row 32: p1 * k1, p3, k3, p3 *
Row 33: * k3, p3tog, k3, p1 * k1
Row 34: p1 * k1, p2, k3, p2 *
Row 35: * k2, p3tog, k3 * k1
Row 36: p1 * p2, k3, p1 *
Row 37: * p1, p3tog, p1, k1 * p1
Row 38: p1 * p2, k1, p1 *
Row 39: * k3tog, k1 * k1
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.


1/14/2014 – corrected row 6 of King Charles Brocade

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

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66 Comments to “Textured Baby Hats for Straight Needles”

  1. This pattern and the link to knit the hats on circulars could not have been posted at a more ideal time for me. I am trying to bring my scrap yarn under control by knitting baby hats. Thank you!

  2. Can you tell me how to expand the textured baby hat pattern for a baby of 6 months with a head size of about 17 inches. He has a big head. Thanks.

  3. Thank you so much just i needed to go with the blankets.

  4. I am trying to understand the pattern and * so for the first row you knit 3, purl 3, knit 1, then start again with knit 3, purl 3, knit 1 unt,il the row is completed?????

  5. I think I just figured it out….you knit 3, purl 3, thru the whole row until your last stitch and then knit 1…. Is this right?

  6. I am knitting the Basic Baby Hat. When decreasing at the crown, it says:
    RND 1: k4, k2tog, ssk, k4

    Does this mean I k8 on each round or just k4? Think I might have to unravel my round 1 ?
    Thank You

    • Stitch both sets of k4 as you make the round. So for this round you will k4, k2tog, ssk, k8, k2tog, ssk, k8, k2tog, … ssk, k4.

  7. What are the instructions for 3 month baby knitted hat

    • Unlike most of my other patterns, I only wrote this one in the two smallest sizes because it was difficult to scale the height of the hat. The circumference scales fine, but the vertical height of the stitch pattern makes them hard to scale. The newborn size is very stretchy and may still fit at 3 months. You can add 12 stitches to the cast on to get a six month size, but the height is the tricky part.

      • When doing my.other hats I average 5 inches to the decrease, that’s OK for 6 months

        • Could you add a k1 p1 rib to the beginning of the hats to give extra height for the larger sizes, just thinking out loud, or would it make the hat flop, like a beret style???

          • K that was a stupid idea lol just looked at the hat I just finished and that would look dumb lol sorry

        • That’s a good length for the body before the decreases for that size.

  8. how many to cast on for 15 inches for a 2 month old baby

    • These hats are stretchy, so if the baby’s head is 15″, the newborn size would fit it. If it does need to be made bigger, you can cast on 12 more stitches.

  9. I’m working on the King Charles Brocade, and ripped out row 6 several times; it didn’t look right. Comparing with the dp needle version, I believe row 6 needs a correction. Changed it and it looks right now! I did this on row 6: p1 *p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2*

  10. do you have any teen/adult size patterns? i want to make one for myself in the same kind of style but i dont know how many stitches to cast on or how many rows to knit. i want to use straight needles and all hat patterns i have found use circular needles.

  11. Could you please help me out with Row 33 King Charles brocade I keep getting this row wrong I have two stitches left over I am knitting the 73 stitch pattern could you tell me were I am going wrong thank you


  12. I am so sorry I knit that much that my eyes are sore lol I read the pattern wrong need to take a break lol thanks Karen

  13. Hi, I just want to say a really big big big thank you sooooooo much for converting some of your hat patterns to straight knitting for us Brits, I think I could master circular knitting but I just can not knit with double pointed, my fingers are so stiff and lock straight its very hard sometimes,

    Thank you again Lynn UK

  14. when I knit row 31 I have 2 stitches left over at the end of the row. s2kpsso = 5 stitches plus 9 is 14. 14×5=70 plus knit one is 71 leaving 2 stitches. What do I do with them.

  15. can you tell me i have been trying to knit the light blue hat and it looks nothing like the picture does anbody have any idea what is wrong

    • Would you be able to send me a picture of what you have made so far? That would be the easiest way for me to see what is happening.

  16. I just love the pretty hats. I am attempting to knit the preemie hats using the double pointed needles. When I divided my stitches onto 4 needles I ended up getting 15 stitches = 60 stitches. And of course the pattern didn’t look right. How do I knit on double point needles with 60 stitches that I need to divide to 12 stitches per needle.

  17. I’m doing King Charles Brocade pattern and I’m a beginner knitter and have become a little confused on rows 13-24 as it says to repeat rows 1-12 but 13-24 is only 11 rows. and same with 25-30 asking me to repeat 1-6 which 25-30 is only 5 rows not 6… not sure if I’m reading it wrong as a beginner. HELP!

  18. Hi there!

    Just wanted to let you know that it looks like someone is trying to sell this pattern on eBay – the seller’s name is samarasknittingpatterns (and they’re trying to sell one of my patterns too!). Here’s the link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Textured-Baby-Hats-For-Preemie-Newborn-Sizes-Knitting-Pattern-/111648945338?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item19fecbb4ba

    Maybe if we all complain we’ll get the seller removed. 🙂

  19. How many stitches would i need to cast on if i want to make the light blue hat (King Charles Brocade) for a 3 year old?

  20. Page one -when I copied it, said to cast on 60 stitches, and I made 4 caps and none turned out right…. and finally read a different page that said to CO 61 for preemie size…. That did make a big difference, and now that I look back at the pattern, it has been changed, but with no note of correction or editing
    I shall not be making any more of the King Charles Pattern, nor the Little Checks, of which I tried one, and it didn’t turn out right either… Of course I was using 60 as CO!!

    • I haven’t changed it which is why there isn’t a note about a change. There are two versions of the pattern, one that is for in-the-round which has a 60 stitch cast on, and this one that has a cast on of 61. It sounds like you had printouts of both versions of the pattern. I’m sorry for the confusion.

  21. I have just completed the King Charles Brocade pattern for straight needles and could not get the pattern correct.
    I only got the correct pattern for 1/4 of the hat. As II am not a very experienced knitter I do not know where I went wrong. Is one of your rows incorrect?

  22. Im making the Little checks hat. Shouldn’t rows 12 and 14 be: K1 *K3, P3*. Thanks for your straight needles patterns. They are gorgeous.

  23. Thank you so much for your patterns! I am wondering how I could knit the King Charles brocade for a two year old using aran wool (specifies 5mm needles)? How many stitches do I need to cast on, and do I need to adapt the pattern? many thanks again.

    • If you make the newborn size with 5mm needles and aran wool, it should work out to be the correct size just following the directions as written.

  24. Hi, please am confused with the ribbing. There are only 2 rows instruction for it but you said 8 rows for newborn. Will i continue repeating row 1 and 2 for the 8 rows? Thanks

  25. I have made each of these hats. So easy, fun and quick to make. Now I’m looking through the rest of Mama’s patterns.
    Thanks for making these possible. I make them for the local hospital.

  26. Thank you so much for these patterns. They are so pretty. And the fact that you made them for both straight and circular needles is great! Our group at church is making hats to give to hospitals.

  27. Thank you very much for these patterns,and a big thank you for doing the instructions for straight needles , it is very kind of you,the patterns are all beautiful.you are very talentedxx

  28. I cast on 73 stitches for a newborn for the English Diamond Block* pattern. I wonder if I should repeat rows 1-8 only once, instead of twice. Would repeating it twice make it too high for a newborn?

    ALSO, I made this before for an older child, and it didn’t look anything like the pictur, but it was ok.

    FINALLY, I’m pretty sure that the instructions for the
    English Diamond Block and King Charles Brocade should be reversed – the diamonds are in light blue, and the brocade appears to be the green.


    • You can repeat those rows only once if you want it to be an inch shorter. I have sized it to be a bit generous so that there is some growth room.

      If you have a picture of the one you made before I’d love to see it.

      The light blue one is the King Charles Brocade. It is a diamond shaped pattern. The English Diamond Block pattern has less obvious diamond patterns.

  29. I’m almost finished knitted the hat but I’m not sure what you mean by “pull yarn through remaining loops, secure, seam edges together, secure”. How do I secure? What do I do? I have two hats that I’m at that point and would appreciate your help.


  30. Hello…
    I’m not sure why my ribbing is coming out very strange.

  31. Hi. Which stitch would you recommend for sewing up the seam?

    • I use a mattress stitch to join the sides of stockinette panels. It becomes almost invisible, but is strong with adequate stretch.

  32. Hi, I want to make these patterns for my two daughters one age 5 and other 11…I am using worsted yarn..how many cast on should i do?


  33. Eva Kelly-Cubells

    I only knit on straight needles. I love these patterns. Do you have a pattern for a woman’s hat that is not too tight and slouchy?
    I made all three for newborn gift that were loved by my friend. Thank you💕

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