How To Knit A Hat For A Newborn?

How to Knit a Hat for a Newborn? You may be surprised to learn that it is not that difficult to knit a hat for a newborn.

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If you are an experienced knitter, you can probably knit a hat for a newborn without a pattern. However, if you are a beginner or if you want to be sure that your hat will fit, it is best to use a pattern. In this article, we will show you how to knit a hat for a newborn using a simple pattern.

What You Will Need

-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in desired color
-Size US 8 circular knitting needles
-Tape measure
-Yarn needle

4 inches = 18 stitches in stockinette stitch

Knitting The Hat

Size: Newborn ( 3-6 months)

-Worsted weight yarn in desired color
-Size US 8 double pointed needles
-Tapestry needle

Gauge: 4 inches = 18 stitches in stockinette stitch

Using Long Tail Cast On, cast on 64 stitches onto one needle. Join to knit in the round, carefully not to twist your stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Round 1-5: *K2, P2* repeat from * to * around. (32 stitches per needle)
Round 6: *K2tog* repeat from * to * around. (16 stitches per needle) You will now have 4 needles with 16 stitches each.
Round 7: *K2tog* repeat from * to * around. (8 stitches per needle) You will now have 4 needles with 8 stitches each.

Now you will start knitting the hat body.
Round 8-19: Knit every stitch around.
Round 20 (decrease round): *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.* (12 stitches remain)
Round 21: Knit every stitch around.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in later. Thread tapestry needle and weave through all remaining loops, bringing them together tightly at the top of the hat. Knot off and weave in all ends

Finishing The Hat

The last few steps of finish your newborn’s hat will depend on the needles you used to knit the hat. If you used circular needles, you will need to transfer your stitches to a set of double pointed needles. If you already were using double pointed needles, then you can skip this step.

Once your stitches are all on one needle, you will need to knit two together all the way around the needle. You will then cut your yarn, leaving a long enough tail to thread through the remaining stitches. After threading the yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight and knot off. Weave in any remaining loose ends.

Your hat is now finished!


There are many different ways that you can knit a hat for a newborn. The most basic hats are knit in the round, with a brim at the bottom and a decreases at the top to create a dome shape. From there, you can add all sorts of embellishments, such as stripes, cables, or fair isle patterns. You can also experiment with different stitch patterns to create textured hats. If you want to make a truly unique hat, you can even try your hand at intarsia knitting, which allows you to create complex colorwork designs.


Are you a beginning knitter? Never fear! You can make this simple hat for a newborn. This hat is knit in the round on circular needles. It is important to get gauge so that your hat will fit a newborn’s head.

To achieve gauge, knit a swatch in the stitch pattern with the needles you plan to use. Measure your swatch. If it is too small, try going up a needle size or two until you achieve gauge. If your swatch is too big, try going down a needle size or two until you achieve gauge.

Once you have the right needles and are getting gauge, you are ready to knit your hat!

Knitting For Beginners

Assuming you know the basic techniques of knitting, here is a pattern for a simple hat that can be knit for a newborn. This particular pattern is written for circular knitting needles, but can easily be adapted to double-pointed needles if that is what you are more comfortable using.

-1 skein of baby weight yarn (any color)
-Circular knitting needles in size US 6 (4.0 mm)
-Tape measure
-Yarn needle

5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

14 (17, 19) inches in circumference, will stretch to fit a range of head sizes from newborn to 3 months old. To make a larger or smaller hat, simply adjust your gauge accordingly.

Cast on 80 (96, 112) stitches onto your circular needles. Join in the round being careful not to twist your stitches, and place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
knit every stitch for 5 rounds. Next round: *k2tog; repeat from * around (40 (48, 56) stitches remaining). Knit 1 round. Next round: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * around (27 (32, 36) stitches remaining). Knit 1 round. Next round: *k2tog; repeat from * around (14 (16, 18) stitches remaining). Knit 1 round. Break yarn and thread tail onto yarn needle. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to close hole at top of hat. Weave in ends and Hat is complete!

How To Choose The Right Yarn

When you are ready to select the yarn for your project, it is important to think about both fiber content and gauge. Fiber content will affect how warm the hat is, as well as how easy it is to care for. The weight or thickness of the yarn (gauge) will determine how dense the fabric of your finished item is, and how long it will take you to knit it.

For a newborn hat, you will want to choose a soft yarn that is easy to care for. Acrylic, cotton, and blends of these fibers are all good choices. You will also want to choose a lightweight yarn; baby hats are typically knit on smaller needles and with a finer gauge than adult hats. This results in a denser fabric that will better retain body heat.

How To Knit A Hat For A Newborn

If you are looking for a quick and easy gift to knit for a newborn, a hat is the perfect choice. You can find many free patterns online, or you can purchase a pattern book. For this project, you will need worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles.

To begin, cast on 54 stitches using the long tail method. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

Next, knit 2, purl 2 around for 5 rounds.

Then, knit 1 round.

Next, decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of every other needle until you have 48 stitches remaining.

Finally, knit 2 rounds. Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and thread it through the remaining stitches using a tapestry needle. Weave in all the ends and viola! You have just completed your first newborn hat!

How To Knit A Hat For A Baby

There are many patterns available online and in knitting stores for hats that can be knit for a newborn baby. When choosing a pattern, it is important to take into account the weight of the yarn and the size of the needles that are needed in order to create a hat that will be both comfortable and warm for the baby to wear. It is also important to knit the hat with a soft yarn so that it will not irritate the baby’s skin. For those who are not experienced in knitting, it is advisable to choose a simple pattern so that the hat turns out looking good.

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