Flat Knit Baby Hat Pattern

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Make your little one a cotton hat for spring/summer with this free and easy pattern.

The pattern uses basic knitting stitches, stocking stitch, to knit 1 row then purl the next row, this is great for any beginner knitters.

It will also introduce you to shaping, through increases and decreases.

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I used a lovely light blue cotton from Rico design for the pattern, but any baby cotton will knit up well.

I normally like to knit hats on circular needles, as I find it easier and there is no seaming, however, this hat is knit flat on straight needles, then joined at the seam.

I used mattress stitch to join the seam and this hid the join quite well.

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You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free pdf version from my shop.

This written pattern for beginners includes one size – 0-3 months, if you would like to knit for 3-6 months or 6-9 months, those sizes are available on the pattern for sale in my shop.

There is also a pattern bundle for sale featuring 31 of the baby and kids knitting patterns which is great value.

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Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

This baby hat knitting pattern is a great pattern for beginners or anyone who prefers to knit hats flat.

I normally like to knit hats in the round, as I just find it easier and there is no seaming at the end. However, when I seamed this baby hat I used a simple flat seam and it was hidden really well.

The knit baby hat was made with a light blue cotton from Rico – Rico Coton Aran and they have many different shades.

I think it would look good in any colour, you could even add a different colour for the rolled brim or knit one in stripes.

flat knit baby hat pattern

Baby Hat Pattern

Materials >

1 x ball of Rico Creative cotton Aran in the colour Smoky Blue 31

4mm (US 6) straight knitting needles

5.5mm (US 9) straight knitting needles

Darning needle/Tape measure/Scissors

Gauge >

6 sts / 6 rows in 1”

Size >

This pattern is to fit baby size 0-3 months

For sizes 3-6 months and 6-9 months, please see the pattern available in my shop, that has all 3 sizes.

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Flat Knit Hat Pattern

With 4mm (US 6) straight needles Cast on 61 sts and work 4 rows in st st.

Change to size 5.5mm straight needles and work 16 rows in st st.

Decrease > Row 1 – *K8, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Work 3 rows in st st.

Decrease > Row 2 – *K7, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Work 3 rows in st st.

Decrease > Row 3 – *K6, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Work 3 rows in st st.

Decrease > Row 4 – *K5, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Purl 1 row

Decrease > Row 5 – *K4, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Purl 1 row

Decrease > Row 6 – *K3, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Purl 1 row

Decrease > Row 7 – *K2, K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Purl 1 row

Decrease > Row 8 – *K2tog* rep from * to last st and K1.

Leave a length of yarn (say about 5/6 inches) and cut, thread the yarn through the rem st and with the wrong side of the hat facing you, secure the yarn.


Making Up >

Sew the seam (I used the mattress stitch for this and you can’t see the seam on the right side).

Roll the brim and secure it into position with a stitch or two.


Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Beginning

Cont = Continue(ing)

Dec – Decrease

GS – Garter stitch

Inc – Increase

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P = Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

St(s) = Stitch(es)

St St – Stocking stitch

YO – Yarn over

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