Have you ever wanted to knit a hat for a newborn, but didn’t know how? Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll have a hat ready in no time!
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Tools and Materials Needed
– 1 skein of worsted weight yarn in desired color
– Circular knitting needles in size 8 or 9
– Double pointed needles in size 8 or 9 (for decreases)
– Tape measure
– Knitting gauge (optional)
– Yarn needle
Newborns have very little head circumference so you’ll need to knit a hat that’s about 16″ in circumference. To do this, you’ll need to cast on 42 stitches onto your circular needles. If you’re not sure how to do this, check out our tutorial on how to cast on stitches.
The Knit Stitch
The knit stitch is the most common and basic of all stitches. It is also known as the plain stitch or stockinette stitch. When you are looking at the right side of your knitting, it appears as a V shape, and on the wrong side as uneven rows of loops.
The Purl Stitch
The Purl stitch is a basic stitch in knitting. It produces a handsome, reversible fabric and forms the basis for many pattern stitches. Purl stitches also reverse the order of knit and purl stitches when you work them in succession, providing built-in interest to even the simplest ribbing or seed stitch patterns.
Increasing is essential to knitting a newborn hat because it creates the shape of the hat. You will start by casting on a small number of stitches, usually between 10 and 20. Then, you will increase stitches at the beginning and end of every row until you have reached the desired width. The most common method for increasing is to knit into the front and back of a stitch (kfb).
Once you have reached the crown of the hat, you will need to start decreasing the number of stitches to close up the top. This is typically done by knitting two stitches together (known as a “k2tog”). When you have decreased enough stitches, you can then cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread this tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close up the hole.
Binding off (or casting off) is how you finish your knitting so that your stitches remain on the needle but can no longer slide off. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! You basically just knit two stitches together and then continue doing that until you only have one stitch left on your needle.
Now that you have the basic hat shape, it’s time to add some finishing touches. If you want to add a brim, simply pick up stitches along the edge of the hat and knit in the round until the brim is the desired width. If you’re adding stripes, switch to a different color yarn every few rows. To add a pom-pom, simply tie together a bunch of yarn scraps, trim the resulting ball to create a uniform shape, and attach it to the top of the hat. And that’s it! You’ve now got a warm and cozy hat perfect for your little one.
Knitting Tips for Newbies
If you’re a newbie knitter, knitting a hat for a newborn might seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with our top tips.
First of all, it’s important to choose the right yarn. You want to make sure that the yarn is soft and comfortable for the baby, as well as being easy to care for (many baby yarns are machine washable).
Once you’ve chosen your yarn, it’s time to pick the right needles. For a newborn hat, you will need US size 6 (4mm) needles. If you don’t have these in your collection of knitting needles, you can easily find them at any craft store.
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to start knitting! The first step is to cast on 48 stitches onto your needle. To do this, make a slip knot and then knit 2 stitches onto the needle (this will give you 3 stitches on the needle). Then, knit 2 more stitches and repeat this process until you have 48 stitches on the needle.
Once you have your 48 stitches, it’s time to start knitting in the round. To do this, simply join the first and last stitch together with a slip stitch. Then, start knitting around in a continuous circle until the piece measures about 5 inches (12 cm) from the cast on edge.
Next, it’s time to start decreases to shape the crown of the hat. To do this, knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of each row until you have 24 stitches left on the needle. Then, knit 1 stitch and then knit 2 together at the beginning of each row until you have 12 stitches left on the needle. Finally,knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of each row until you only have 6 stitches left on the needle. Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining stitches with a tapestry needle and pull tight to close hole at top of hat. Weave in all loose ends and trim excess yarn.
Now that you’ve finished your hat, all that’s left to do is decide which newborn lucky enough to receive it!
Common Knitting Mistakes
There are a few common knitting mistakes that can really spoil the look of your finished product. Here are some tips on how to avoid them.
One of the most common mistakes is to knit too tightly. This can make your knitting look uneven and can also make it harder to stretch the fabric when you are trying to put it on a newborn’s head. Another mistake is to knit too loosely. This can make your stitches look larger than they should be and can also make the hat too big for a newborn’s head.
Another common mistake is to use the wrong size needles. If you use needles that are too small, your stitches will be too tight and if you use needles that are too large, your stitches will be too loose. It is important to use the correct size needles so that your stitches are uniform and your hat fits properly.
Finally, one of the most common mistakes is to drop stitches. This happens when you forget to knit a stitch and then try to pick it up again later. If you drop a stitch, it will create a hole in your knitting and can ruin the whole piece. To avoid this, be careful to count your stitches as you go and make sure that you don’t skip any.