A few days ago my friends sent me a picture of their new baby wearing the hat I had knit for their first baby three years ago.
Three years! They’d kept my hat safe for future use.
I was so flattered and excited that I had to knit them another one right away. They are in a New England state so they’ll need winter wear for him. Isn’t it great when our gifts are used and appreciated?
Personally, when I knit or crochet a gift I want to see it used. None of this “It’s too special and will wear out” nonsense for me! If you wear it out I can make you another one.
This little hat took 14 grams of Elsebeth Lavold Favorite Wool yarn. Really, I weighed it. Since Favorite Wool comes in 50 gram balls you’ll be able to make a couple hats, or maybe matching socks or mittens, from one ball.
Newborn Baby Hat
Size: About 14″ circumference. About 3 3/4″ tall
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Favorite Wool (100% Peruvian Wool), less than one ball
Needles: US8 Double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 4 sts x 4 rows = 1″ in garter stitch in the round.
K2tog-Knit two stitches together
P2tog-purl two stitches together
NOTE: This hat is worked in Garter Stitch in the round. You have to alternate knit and purl rounds.
CO 48 sts.
Join to work in the round being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker for beginning of round. Distribute sts evenly on four needles (12 sts each needle).
Beginning with a knit round, work in garter stitch in the round (knit one round, purl one round) for 16 rounds or about 2″ from cast on edge.
Decrease round: *K2tog, k4. Repeat from * around
Work 4 rounds even in garter stitch
Decrease round: *P2tog, P3. Repeat from * around
Work 3 rounds even in garter stitch.
Decrease round: *P2tog, P2. Repeat from * around
Work 2 rounds even in garter stitch.
Decrease round: *K2tog, K1. Repeat from * around.
Work 1 row even in garter stitch.
Decrease round: K2tog around (8 sts remain)
Leave a reasonable tail (6″ or so) and cut yarn. Use a darning needle to draw tail through remaining sts. Remove knitting needles and pull tail tight to close top.
Weave in ends.
Lacking a baby to use a a model, I put the hat on this canister of bread crumbs to try to give you an idea of the size. Almost all of us have breadcrumbs in the house, right? My use of this particular brand of breadcrumbs does not constitute an official endorsement (haha).
Here’s a picture of the top. Of course, unlike bread crumbs, babies have round tops, which will be much more flattering to the hat!
I used Favorite Wool color #26-Prussian Blue because my friends have a new baby boy. I like primary and strong colors for babies. I think they are a nice change of pace from the usual pastels used for baby garments.
Favorite Wool is available in 34 colors, including some pastels, so you can be more traditional if you want.
I hope you enjoy making this little hat. If you do make one, share a picture on our Facebook wall. I’d love to see it.