Newborn Hat Pattern (Circular Needles)


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

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.

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The instructions are written for smaller sizes. If changes are necessary for a 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.

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Gauge – 2 sts/4 rows in 1 inch

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The Supplies You Need


  • Two balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in beige (91) – knit with two strands together.
  • Any medium-weight yarn/DK or worsted weight yarn knit with two strands together.
  • Or a super bulky weight yarn if you want a warmer hat (knit with one strand only).


  • 9 mm (US 13) 16′′ circular knitting needles
  • You may also need a set of 9 (US 13) Double pointed needles for the decreases.


  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape Measure
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  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit the next two stitches together
  • P = Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

  • 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 a 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 the end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  • Finishing: Sew in any loose ends.
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An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are at the advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, this pattern will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

If you have never knitted in the round before, you can watch my video tutorial here – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

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