Handmade Knitted Baby Hats

Handmade Knitted Baby Hats: Easy Steps

Knitting is a relaxing and rewarding hobby that can also produce beautiful and useful items.

One of the most popular projects for knitters is making baby hats, which are cute, cozy, and quick to finish.

This article will show you how to make a simple and adorable knitted baby hat with a pom-pom on top.

Materials Needed For Handmade Knitted Baby Hats

You will need the following materials and tools:

  • A pair of circular knitting needles (size 8 or 9)
  • A skein of worsted-weight yarn in your preferred color
  • A tapestry needle
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pom-pom maker or a cardboard template

Step 1: Cast On And Join In The Round

To start, you must cast 64 stitches on your circular knitting needles. You can use any cast-on method, but we recommend the long-tail cast-on for its ease and elasticity.

To do the long-tail cast-on, you will need to measure the length of yarn about three times your hat’s circumference and make a slip knot at the end.

Place the slip knot on your right needle and hold the yarn in your left hand, with the tail over your thumb and the working yarn over your index finger.

handmade knitted baby hats
Handmade knitted baby hats are easy to make.

Use your right needle to pick up a loop from the thumb strand and then a loop from the index finger strand and pull them through the slip knot. Repeat this process until you have 64 stitches on your needle.

To join the stitches in the round, you will need to make sure that they are not twisted on the needle. Place a stitch marker on the right needle to mark the beginning of the round.

Then, knit the first stitch on the left needle with the working yarn, pulling it tight to close the gap. Continue knitting until you reach the end of the round.

Step 2: Knit The Brim

To knit the hat’s brim, you must work in a rib stitch pattern, which alternates between knit and purl stitches.

This creates a stretchy, elastic fabric that fits snugly around the baby’s head. To do the rib stitch, you must knit one stitch, bring the yarn to the front, purl one stitch, and bring the yarn to the back.

Repeat this sequence until you reach the end of the round. You must knit about 10 rounds of rib stitch until the brim measures about 2 inches.

Step 3: Knit The Body

To knit the body of the hat, you will need to work in a stockinette stitch pattern, which is just knitting every stitch in every round.

This creates a smooth and flat fabric that will form the main part of the hat. To do the stockinette stitch, you must knit every stitch until you reach the end of the round.

You must knit about 20 rounds of stockinette stitch or until the body measures about 5 inches from the cast-on edge.

Step 4: Decrease And Shape The Crown

To decrease and shape the crown of the hat, you will need to work in a series of decreased rounds, which will reduce the number of stitches and create a dome-like shape.

To do the decrease rounds, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Round 1: Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 56 stitches left.
  • Round 2: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 3: Knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 48 stitches left.
  • Round 4: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 5: Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 40 stitches left.
  • Round 6: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 7: Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 32 stitches left.
  • Round 8: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 9: Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 24 stitches left.
  • Round 10: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 16 stitches left.
  • Round 12: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 13: Knit 2 together. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. You will have 8 stitches left.

Step 5: Cut And Weave In The Yarn

To finish the hat, you will need to cut and weave in the yarn ends. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Cut the working yarn, leaving a long tail of about 12 inches.
  • Thread the tail through a tapestry needle and pass it through the remaining 8 stitches on the needle, removing them as you go.
  • Pull the tail tight to close the hole at the top of the hat and secure it with a knot.
  • Weave in the tail through the inside of the hat, making sure to hide it well.
  • Weave in the tail from the cast-on edge in the same way.

Step 6: Make And Attach The Pom-Pom

To make and attach the pom-pom, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Use a pom-pom maker or a cardboard template to make a fluffy pom-pom out of the same yarn as the hat. You can find instructions on using these tools online or in craft books.
  • Cut the yarn that holds the pom-pom together, leaving two long tails of about 6 inches each.
  • Thread the tails through a tapestry needle and pass them through the top of the hat, from the outside to the inside, to center the pom-pom over the hole.
  • Tie the tails together with a knot on the inside of the hat and trim the excess yarn.
  • Fluff and shape the pom-pom as desired.

Conclusion

In this article, we have learned how to make a handmade knitted baby hat with a pom-pom on top.

We have followed six easy steps: cast on, knit the brim, knit the body, decrease and shape the crown, cut and weave in the yarn, and make and attach the pom-pom.

You can use basic knitting skills and tools, such as circular needles, worsted weight yarn, a tapestry needle, scissors, and a pom-pom maker or a cardboard template.

Hope you have enjoyed this article and have fun making more hats in different colors and sizes.

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