How to Knit an Easy Baby Hat


Knitting is an interesting pastime and makes a great hobby. It can also be a social outlet for those enjoy being a part of a knitting group. Craft shops display such a vast amount of interesting and colorful yarn that even those who have never knit before will become immediately addicted once they knit their first baby hat for the newborn.

Start by casting on 50 stitches for the ribbing. The first four rows will all be knit with the same pattern and the same set of stitches. Knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2 back and forth for four rows. A change in pattern starts on row 5 and continues changing until it is finished.

Row 5: Start this row by "knitting" 6 stitches. Then follow with a pattern of purl 2, and knit 2 until you are 6 stitches from the end of the row. Knit those last six stitches. Row 6: Start this row differently than row 5. This time you will "purl" 6 stitches. Then knit 2, purl 2 until you are once again 6 stitches from the end. Purl those 6 last stitches. Row 7: Repeat row 5.

Row 8: Continue the pattern by "knitting" 8 stitches, followed by purl 2, knit 2, until there are only left 8 stitches of the end of the row. Knit those 8 stitches. Row 9: Start the row with "Purl" 8, then knit 2,and purl 2 until there are only left 10 stitches on the row. Purl those last 8 stitches. Row 10: Repeat row 8.

Row 11: Knit the first 10 stitches, then purl 2, knit 2, until there are only 10 stitches left at the end of the row. Knit the 10 stitches. Row 12: Purl 10, knit 2 and purl 2, until there are only 10 stitches at the end of the row. Purl those last 10 stitches. Row 13: Repeat row 11.

Row 14: Knit 12 stitches, purl 2, knit 2, until there are 12 stitches at the end. Knit those 12 stitches.

Follow the pattern until you no longer can knit 2 or purl 2, but are only able to knit in rows of either all knit or all purl. Finish by knitting the last row and then bind off. Your hat is finished.

Things You'll Need

  • #7 Straight Needles
  • 1 Skein of Yarn Color of Choice


  • These instructions are for those who already have a basic knowledge of knitting and knitting steps and terminology. Hat should fit infant of 3 months.

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Brooklyn-born Sondra Crane started writing at an early age and never stopped. She wrote Along Life's Path, her blog and a poetic glimpse into her life. She is a college graduate, piano teacher, classical pianist, copy editor, columnist and now a freelance writer. She has been interviewed in "The New York Times," [Orlando Sentinel," "Maclean's" magazine and in a radio interview by "Growing Bolder."

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