Stash Buster: Knitted Infant Hats

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.


Materials: 

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

Tapestry Needle

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.


Enjoy!

-Whit- 

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Distraction Knitting

I have been steadily working on my Rosina sweater, which is quite the slow burning project. Working a large piece, on size US 2 needles, with fingering weight yarn will keep you occupied for a looooooong while. Yesterday, I woke up and decided I needed a diversion. Something quick, easy, and mindless. A quick search though my yarn stash and…

By the end of the evening, I had completely finished the hat. Talk about instant gratification! I like to be a monogamous knitter, but sometimes you have to mix it up. 

The baby hat is a simple beanie using Paton’s Classic Wool. It began with 72 stitches worked in a 2×2 rib. I had some cream colored wool scraps so I added a simple band of color work (just alternating the blue and cream). The height of the finished hat is ~6 inches, which is perfect for a newborn. 

Three of my friends current have buns in the oven so this project wasn’t completely random. I still have some yarn left over. I am thinking a little pair of booties would help make it a nice set. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-