Newborn Prop Hat Knitting Pattern

Newborn knot hat

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Make a newborn photography prop with this easy hat pattern!

The newborn hat is knit in the round, with a longer length added to the crown, so that it can be knotted when complete.

This is a beginner level knitting pattern, with basic knit and purl stitches used. It will also introduce you to shaping.

Newborn props can often be expensive and if you are providing them for a photo shoot for your new baby or you are a newborn photographer, then you can easily make a few props with my free knitting patterns.


newborn prop hat

Newborn Photography Hat Pattern

The knot hat pattern is easy to follow, knitting the hat in the round and using simple decreases to elongate the hat, so that when finished the top can be knotted.

You can experiment with the length and see if you want to make it longer or add a pom to the end.

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 newborn prop hats using cotton, mohair and wool/acrylic blends. I find that cotton works really well for this pattern and I often knit with 2 strands together on 9mm (US 13) needles.

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Newborn knot hat

Newborn Prop DIY

Materials >

  • 2 balls of Rico Baby So Soft in cream (02)
  • As an alternative, you could use any yarn suitable for 9.00mm (US 13) needles.
  • Set of 9.00mm (US 13) 16″ circulars
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

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.

Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern

Rico Baby So Soft in cream (02)  – knit with two strands together.

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.

All sizes: Shape top: 1st rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from* around.
2nd rnd: Knit.
3rd rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from* around.

When you have around 18 sts left on the needles, continue knitting until the length of the piece from the top of the hat to the end measures 10″. you can extend or shorten this to how you want it to look.

6th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from* around.
Break yarn. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.

Then tie a knot at the end of the hat.

Finishing: Sew in loose ends.


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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