How to Knit a Basic Baby Hat: Free (and Easy!) Pattern With Step-by-Step Videos
There are a lot of reasons to love knitting baby hats. First of all, babies need them in all seasons to cover their small and delicate heads. Not only that, every baby looks adorable in a knit hat, and they are a sweet gift that you can give to friends and family, or to your favorite charity.
This is a great small-scale project for new knitters who want to learn how to knit in the round. Knitters can use either double-pointed needles or a circular needle. For beginners, I added a video to show how to use double-pointed needles.
Materials You Will Need
- Four US #6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles or a circular needle
- Yarn needle
- Category 4 medium worsted weight yarn with a total length of approximately 50 to 100 yards: Color A (white) approx. 42 - 86 yards and Color B (yellow) 8 - 14 yards
- A stitch marker for a circular needle user
Be Sure to Use Soft Baby Yarn
There are many kinds of yarn, and baby yarn is one of the softest for knitting. Choose a soft one for your little angel.
Age (in Months)
Actual Head Circumference
0 - 3
13” ~ 14”
3 - 6
14” ~ 17”
6 - 12
16” ~ 19”
How to Choose a Size
Babies are all different. When you choose to knit a hat, do not rely on age alone —measure the baby's head first.
22 sts x 30 rows = 4” x 4” in stocking sts
Abbreviations and Explanations
- K = Knit
- P = Purl
- K2tog = Knit two stitches together
- With Color A, cast on (64, 80, 96) stitches evenly on three US #6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles. Make sure not to twist and join to knit in the round.
- Cast on (64, 80, 96) stitches with a US #6 (4 mm) circular needle by using yarn Color A. Make sure not to twist and join to knit in the round. Place a marker to remember the starting stitch.
Rounds 1-4: (K1, P1) around.
Round 5: Change Color B and (K1, P1) around.
Rounds 6-8: (K1, P1) around.
Round 9: Change Color A and (K1, P1) around.
Round 10: (K1, P1) around.
Round 11: K around.
Repeat Round 11 to reach Round (26, 34, 42) OR the hat measures approx. (3.25”, 3.75”, 5.25”) from the cast on edge.
Start to shape top.
Round 1: (K6, K2tog) around. (56, 70, 84) sts
Round 2: K around.
Round 3: (K5, K2tog) around. (48, 60, 72) sts
Round 4: K around.
Round 5: (K4, K2tog) around. (40, 50, 60) sts
Round 6: K around.
Round 7: (K3, K2tog) around. (32, 40, 48) sts
Round 8: K around.
Round 9: (K2, K2tog) around. (24, 30, 36) sts
Round 10: K around.
Round 11: (K1, K2tog) around. (16, 20, 24) sts
Round 12: K around.
Round 13: (K2tog) around. (8, 10, 12) sts
Cut the yarn about 10 inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, draw up firmly, fasten securely, and weave in the wrong side of work. Weave in the other ends too.
Note: This pattern is not for commercial use. Please do not resell, distribute or reprint this pattern unless expressly for your own use and convenience.
How to Knit This Hat Pattern Step-by-Step (Video)
I made this video for beginners. It shows how to knit a hat for a baby that's 0 - 3 months old. Hats for 3 - 6 and 6 - 12 month-olds are described in parenthesis. I am using four double-pointed needles in the video. You can also use five double-pointed needles if you want.
Decorate the Hat With a Little Crochet
For baby girls, you can decorate the hat with a beautiful crochet flower, as seen in the examples below. Just imagine how beautiful your baby will be with one on!
Video: How to Crochet a Flower to Put on a Baby Hat
This video shows how to crochet a flower to decorate your hat with. This is a cute and fun way to decorate them. It is beautiful but not difficult.
Video: How to Make a Pom Pom
Pom poms work with hats for either boys or girls. Take a look at this video, which shows how to make a pom pom for a hat.
Questions & Answers
For the knitted baby's hat, didn't you knit a row, purl, a row?
For the hat, knit a row.Helpful 21
Can I use straight needles for the hat?
You can't use straight needles. Please use either a set of DPNs or a circular needle.Helpful 8
How many stitches do you add if you want to make it larger?
You can add multiple of 8 stitches if you want to make larger.Helpful 6
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