How to Knit a Simple Baby Hat





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Published on Jul 21, 2010

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This hat will fit most infants up to about a year-old—but you can easily add more rows to fit even an adult-sized head. Just make sure it's an adult who won't mind a hat with cute, little animal ears.

Step 1: Tie knot & cast
Tie your slip knot and cast on a total of 26 stitches, leaving a six to eight-inch tail.

Use a soft cotton or a cotton blend yarn that has a little stretch to it for added comfort.

Step 2: Knit Stockinette
Knit in Stockinette Stitch—that is, alternate one row of knitting with one row of purling—until you have a rectangle about 11" long. Make sure you end on a knit row.

Step 3: Cast off last row
Cast off your last row, leaving about 8" of yarn. Tie a knot to secure it.

Step 4: Fold in half
Fold your rectangle in half so the smooth, knitted side—which looks like it’s covered in little V’s—is on the inside, and the edges are lined up.

The purl side of the project—which looks bumpy—should be facing out.

Step 5: Sew edges
Starting at the curling corner of one side, use a yarn needle and the same tail of yarn you used to knit the rectangle to sew the edges together all the way up to the corner of your fold.

Step 6: Knot & cut excess
When you reach the corner, knot the yarn, and cut off the excess.

Step 7: Repeat on other side
Repeat on the other side, beginning at the other curling corner and sewing the edges up to the corner fold.

Step 8: Knot & cut excess
When you reach this corner, knot the yarn, and cut off the excess. Your hat should now look almost like a square with only one open side.

Step 9: Put it on a baby
Turn the hat right-side-out and put it on a baby with the 'ears' out. Pretty easy—and totally adorable.

Did You Know?
Forty to 50 percent of lost body heat exits through the head and neck area, so wearing a hat is an especially important way to keep warm.


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