Kids Hat and Matching Scarf Knitting Pattern

kids knitted hat and scarf

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Keep your kids snuggly and warm with this free children’s hat and scarf knitting pattern! 

The earflap and scarf pattern is an easy beginner level, using basic knit and purl stitches, there is also some shaping involved.

Make your little ones a chunky earflap hat with a pom to keep them warm during the winter and add the matching scarf too with this easy pattern.

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Kids Hat + Scarf Pattern

The hat and scarf pattern is easy to follow, the scarf is knit flat on straight needles and the hat is knit on circulars or DPN’s depending on your preference.

This knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for practising garter stitch.

The hat size can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger, just measure the circumference of the recipients neck/shoulders and adjust the number of stitches you cast on.

If you would like to make more knitted items for kids, please take a look at the other patterns in the kids knitting pattern library.

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kids winter hat setHat + Scarf Pattern for Kids


Newborn, Infant, Toddler, Child

To fit head circumference: 14 (16, 18, 20) inches (the hat has about 2 inches of negative ease).


10sts = 4 inches in st st on larger needles

10sts = 4 inches in garter stitch on smaller needles.


45 (50, 60, 75) yards bulky weight yarn

Knitting Needles – size US 11 (8mm) and US 13 (9mm) 13 inch circulars or dpns.

kids winter scarf

Kids Hat Pattern


With smaller needles cast on 30 (35, 40, 45) stitches

Starting with a purl row, create 6 ridges working in garter stitch (in the round – p1, k1 round).

Knit 3 (5, 7, 9) rounds.

Decrease for crown

Change to larger needles

Row 1 – *K 4 (5, 6, 7), K2tog; rep from *. 25 (30, 35, 40) stitches.

Row 2 – Knit

Row 3 – *Knit 3 (4, 5, 6), K2tog; rep from *. 20 (25, 30, 35) stitches.

Row 4 – Knit

Row 5 – *Knit 2 (3, 4, 5), K2tog; rep from *. 15 (20, 25, 30) stitches.

Row 6 – Knit

Row 7 – *Knit 1 (2, 3, 4), K2tog; rep from *. 10 (15, 20, 25) stitches.

Row 8 – Knit

Infant, toddler and child sizes only

Row 9 – Knit (1, 2, 3), K2tog; rep from *. (10, 15, 20) stitches.

Row 10 – Knit

Toddler and child sizes only >>

Row 11 – K (1, 2), K2tog; rep from *. (10, 15) stitches.

Child size only >>

Row 12 – K (1), K2tog; rep from *. (10) stitches.

All sizes >>

Last row – K2tog (5 stitches).

Cut yarn and weave in the remaining stitches. Pull together and bind off. weave in any loose ends.

Right Ear Flap

With RS facing and smaller needles and beginning 4 (4, 4, 5) stitches to the right of cast on tail (centre back), pick up one st in each of next 7 (9, 11, 11) stitches along cast on edge.

Row 1 – (WS) Knit

Row 2 – K1, K2tog, k4 (6, 8, 8)

Row 3 – K1, K2tog, k3 (5, 7, 7)

Row 4 – K1, K2tog, k2 (4, 6, 6)

Row 5 – K1, K2tog, k1 (3, 5, 5)

Infant, toddler and child sizes only >>

Row 6 – K1, K2tog, k (2, 4, 4)

Row 7 – K1, K2tog, k (1, 3, 3)

Toddler and child sizes only >>

Row 8 – K1, K2tog, K (2, 2)

Row 9 – K1, K2tog, k (1, 1)

All sizes >>

Last row – K3tog.

Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail hanging from one ear flap. Cut a length of yarn twice as long as the tail hanging from the ear flap. Using a darning needle, slip the length through the end of the cap so each end hangs out evenly (you should have 3 lengths of yarn to braid). Braid the ends and tie off the end, trim as you wish.

Left Ear Flap

With RS facing and smaller needles, skip next 9 (10, 11, 14) stitches across centre front and pick up one stitch in each of next 7 (9, 11, 11) stitches along cast on edge.

Complete the same as right ear flap.


Create a large pom pom with any remaining yarn or in a different colour and attach to the top of the hat. Make sure the pom pom is secured tightly.

Weave in any loose ends.

Kids scarf Knitting Pattern

Make a matching scarf with the pattern below >>

With chunky yarn and Size 9 mm (US 13) needles cast on 9 (for a small scarf for a toddler) or 12 (for a larger scarf for a child)

Knit all stitches until you get your desired length (knitted for a child to wrap around the neck as in the photographs).

The scarf in the photographs was knitted until it measured 50″ long – this was to be modelled by a 4 year old child.

Cast off.

Make 2 pom poms and stitch onto the ends of the scarf.

Fold the corner points of the scarf edges together and secure the pom pom into place (see photograph for guidance).


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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