Easy Newborn Hat Pattern

Newborn hat

Make a fitted newborn hat with this free knitting pattern.

This newborn hospital hat is really easy to make and doesn’t take very long.

Knit in the round, this hat uses basic knit stitches and requires some decreasing.

This easy newborn baby hat pattern is perfect for beginners and can be made in larger sizes for babies up to 24 months.

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Easy Newborn Hat Pattern

The knit newborn hat will look great in any colour, from neutrals, pastels or brights.

If you want to experiment, you can use a variety of different yarn types and even add a pom.

The baby hat pattern is easy to follow, knitting in the round on circular needles.

easy newborn hat

Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern

Working on circulars means that there is no seaming needed, you just have to stitch in any loose ends when you are finished.

The pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a quick project and great for stash busting – any yarns you have leftover from other projects can be used up for baby hats!

I have made many hats using cotton and wool/acrylic blends. When I use cotton I normally use size 9mm (US 13) circular needles and knit with two strands of the cotton together.

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Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern

Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern
This newborn hospital hat is really easy to make and doesn’t take very long. Knit in the round, this hat uses basic knit stitches and requires some decreasing.
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • 2 balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in beige (91) - knit with 2 strands together.
  • Any medium weight yarn knit with 2 strands together.
  • Or a super bulky weight yarn if you want a warmer hat.


  • Set of 9.00mm (US 13) 16″ circulars
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape Measure


  • Cast on > 30 sts (0-3 months) / 32 sts (3-6 months) / 34 sts (6-12 months) / 36 sts (18/24 months).
  • Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
  • Knit every round until the work from beg measures 5.5″/6″/6.5″/7″.
  • Size 0-3 months/3-6 months/6/12 months only: Next rnd: (K6. K2tog. K7. K2tog) twice.
  • Next rnd: Knit.
  • Size 18/24 mos only: Next rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from *around.
  • Next rnd: Knit.
  • Both sizes: Shape top: 1st rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * around.
  • 2nd rnd: Knit.
  • 3rd rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * around.
  • 4th rnd: Knit.
  • 5th rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around.
  • 6th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around.
  • Break yarn. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  • Finishing: Sew in any loose ends.


Please note >

The instructions are written for smaller sizes. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).

The circumference of the head is worked out like this >

0-3 months = 14-15″ / 3-6 months = 15-16″ / 6-12 months = 16-17″ / 18-24 months = 18-19″

Please measure to make sure you have the right circumference for your hat as every baby is different and may need to go up or down a size.

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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