Do you have mini skeins or leftover yarn from a larger project in your stash?
Is it sock weight/fingering weight yarn?
Do you want/need/desire to make a project that is guaranteed to be instantly gratifying?
Do you love to make cute little items for cute little people?
If you answered yes to 2 or more of the above questions then it looks like you are up for making a simple and quick baby gift. Hats make a great gift for the newest little ones in your life. Parents appreciate the love you put into making a handmade item and let’s face it, it makes their baby look darn cute.
This is a recipe (aka not a pattern) for a basic infant beanie. For sizing, I use these measurements from Bev’s Country Cottage. Feel free to add adornments such as bows, flowers, buttons, and/or patches.
At least 30-40 grams of fingering weight yarn (for sizes newborn-12 mo)
US size 3/3.0mm knitting needles (either DPNs or circular) * I used the magic loop method
1 stitch marker
Gauge: 7 sts and 10 rows per 1″
Abbreviations: K= Knit st, P= purl stitch, k2tog= knit two stitches together
Brim: Cast on the number of stitches needed for the sizing you have chosen (example: with my gauge I cast on 100 stitches for 3-6 mo infant hat to give me a 15″ circumference). Join the stitches in the round while making sure not to twist the stitches. Place your stitch marker.
Rows 1-10: K1, P1 across all stitches.
Body: Knit all stitches until you reach 1″ below your desired length (for a 3-6 mo hat I knit for 5.5 inches from the edge of the brim )
Crown: Begin decreases.
Row 1: Knit 9 sts, k2 tog across all sts.
Row 2 and all even row: Knit all sts
Row 3: Knit 8 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 5: Knit 7sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 7: Knit 6 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 9: Knit 5 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 11: Knit 4 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 13: Knit 3 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 15: Knit 2 sts, k2tog across all sts
Row 17: Knit 1, k2tog across all sts
Row 18: K2tog across all sts.
Finish: Cut an 8-inch tail. Thread tapestry needle and weave the needle through the remaining stitches on the needle. Turn the hat inside out and weave in the ends.