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How to Knit a Simple Baby Hat

This hat will fit most infants up to about a year-old—but you can easily add more rows to fit even an adult-sized head. Just make sure it's an adult who won't mind a hat with cute, little animal ears.


  • Step 1: Tie knot & cast Tie your slip knot and cast on a total of 26 stitches, leaving a six to eight-inch tail.
  • TIP: Use a soft cotton or a cotton blend yarn that has a little stretch to it for added comfort.
  • Step 2: Knit Stockinette Knit in Stockinette Stitch—that is, alternate one row of knitting with one row of purling—until you have a rectangle about 11" long. Make sure you end on a knit row.
  • Step 3: Cast off last row Cast off your last row, leaving about 8" of yarn. Tie a knot to secure it.
  • Step 4: Fold in half Fold your rectangle in half so the smooth, knitted side—which looks like it’s covered in little V’s—is on the inside, and the edges are lined up.
  • TIP: The purl side of the project—which looks bumpy—should be facing out.
  • Step 5: Sew edges Starting at the curling corner of one side, use a yarn needle and the same tail of yarn you used to knit the rectangle to sew the edges together all the way up to the corner of your fold.
  • Step 6: Knot & cut excess When you reach the corner, knot the yarn, and cut off the excess.
  • Step 7: Repeat on other side Repeat on the other side, beginning at the other curling corner and sewing the edges up to the corner fold.
  • Step 8: Knot & cut excess When you reach this corner, knot the yarn, and cut off the excess. Your hat should now look almost like a square with only one open side.
  • Step 9: Put it on a baby Turn the hat right-side-out and put it on a baby with the 'ears' out. Pretty easy—and totally adorable.
  • FACT: Forty to 50 percent of lost body heat exits through the head and neck area, so wearing a hat is an especially important way to keep warm.

You Will Need

  • Some soft yarn
  • Pair of size 8 knitting needles
  • A pair of scissors
  • A tape measure or ruler
  • And a yarn needle

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