An easy-to-knit baby hat!

My friend Becky just had her third baby, a little boy named Olly, and I knit him a little baby hat that first of all was extremely easy to knit (perfect for beginners like me!), and second of all looked super duper adorable on. The basics of this hat are simple: just knit or crochet a square, approximately 19 cm (7.5″) in width and 27 cm (10.6″) high. Sew the sides together (wrong side out if applicable), turn around, and presto! You could make little pompons and sew them to the two pointy flaps, or stitch through them as a triangle to make them look more like little ears, but I preferred to keep it simple…

This is what I did exactly for Olly’s hat, using a pure cashmere yarn and 4 mm (UK6, US8) needles: Cast on 40 stitches. Knit 4 rows (alternating knit and pearl), then change yarn colour, knit another 4 rows, etc, until you have knit 8 stripes. Then, knit 8 rows in the first colour (in my case blue), so you’ll end up with one extra wide stripe, and start alternating again, 8 times, finishing with the first colour. Sew sides together (wrong side out), making sure to align the stripes. Turn around, and done!

xxx Esther

PS Thanks to 2-week-old Olly for being my perfect model!


Comments (8)

Emilie in Paris
April 3, 2012

Olli is very cute and so is his new hat!

Courtney in London
April 4, 2012

I love how simple the hat is, and it’s SO cute. And Olli is the perfect little model. So sweet.

Grannie Ness
May 11, 2012

Soo cute. Just what I needed for new grandson whose dad is Olly! Thanks.

July 25, 2012

What ply yarn did you use?

Esther in Amsterdam
July 25, 2012

Hi Hannah — i don’t know! It doesn’t say, but it’s a Rowan pure cashmere dk — hope that helps… xxx

May 3, 2013

I just made this hat for my nephew and I think each stripe is 8 knitted rows, because I did four and it was way to short!

February 11, 2015

I was able to knit this up in about 2 hours and is just ADORABLE! but I used a cotton yarn. How can I make it in larger sizes? For a 1, yr. old, 2 yr. old and on.
How many stitches and rows do I need to add ?


May 8, 2017

I’m about to attempt to make this for my nephew, he’s almost 6 months old, so I’ll have to do a bit of trial and error with the sizing. Luckily I’ve already measured his cute little head 🙂 wish me luck!

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