Trio of Baby Hats – Free Patterns

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I have a friend who is pregnant and expecting a little boy this winter.  She asked me if I would knit some baby hats in what she said “masculine colors”.  So I went out shopping and picked up some Paton’s Canadiana, which is 100% acrylic, very soft, very springy, and not at all like other cheaper squeaky acrylic yarns.  I found a deep chocolate brown, a lovely taupey tan, and a denim blue.  I had some ideas in my head for some hats and after working on them, I thought I would actually take the time to write down what I did (gasp!) and offer up the patterns.

It’s been a while since I posted a pattern.  So I am long overdue.

The size of these hats is 0-3 months.
For all of these hats, I used a size 7 long circular needle and used the Magic Loop method.  You can use double pointed needles or one or two short circulars if that’s your thing.  I prefer the Magic Loop method so that’s what I did. The yarn I used is Patons Canadiana which is worsted weight. The colors I chose were Timber (dark brown), Toasty Grey (taupe) and Dark Water Blue. I bought one skein of each color and there are 205 yards in each skein.
Gauge: 10.5 stitches/2 inches (stockinette stitch in the round)
13 rows/2 inches

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Hat #1:  Plain Beanie with Ribbed Brim

Cast on 64 stitches and join to knit in the round (again, using the tools you prefer for knitting in the round).  Knit 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) until the brim measures 1 1/2 inches long.  Switch to stockinette stitch (knitting all stitches) until the piece is about 6 inches from the edge of the brim.  This will allow the brim to be folded up.  If you do not want to fold up the brim, you can knit in stockinette stitch until the piece is 3 1/2 inches long.

Decrease section:

Once the piece is to the desired length, start decreasing.
(K6, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K5, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K4, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K3, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K2, K2tog) until end of round.
(K1, K2tog) until end of round.
K2tog until end of round. 8 stitches left.
Cut yarn and using a tapestry needle, draw yarn through all remaining stitches and secure. Weave in ends.

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Hat #2: Striped Beanie with Curled Brim and Topknot

You will need two colors for this pattern. Choose a main color (MC) and a contrasting color (CC). Cast on 64 stitches in MC and join to knit in the round (again, using the tools you prefer for knitting in the round). Knit in stockinette stitch until the edge is curled enough for what you want. I knit 11 rows on the hat in the picture. You will want it to curl, yet still be able to see some of the stockinette stitch.
Switch to CC, and knit 5 rows.
Switch to MC, and knit 5 rows.
Switch to CC, and knit 5 rows.
Switch to MC, and knit 3 rows.
Then start the decrease section:
Using MC, (K6, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit 1 round in MC.

Switch to CC for the next 5 rounds.
(K5, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K4, K2tog) until end of round.
Knit all st.
(K3, K2tog) until end of round.

Switch to MC for the rest of the hat. Continue to decrease:
Knit one round.
(K2, K2tog) until end of round.
(K1, K2tog) until end of round.
K2tog until end – 8 stitches remaining.
K2tog until end – 4 stitches remaining.

Using a double pointed needle, slide all 4 stitches on to one double pointed needle and work an I-cord until it is long enough to be tied in a knot. I knit mine to 3 1/2 inches.
Bind off and weave in ends. You will need to take some extra time to weave in ends inside the hat if you did not carry your yarn colors all the way through the color changes.

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Hat #3: Striped Beanie with Garter Ridge Contrast

You will need three colors for this hat: A Main Color (MC), about the same amount for the first Contrasting Color (CC1) and a small amount for the second Contrasting Color (CC2). This would be a good stash-busting project.

Cast on 64 stitches in MC and join to knit in the round (again, using the tools you prefer for knitting in the round). Work in 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) until the piece is 1 inch long.
Change to CC2: K 1 row, then P the next row. This makes a garter stitch ridge. I will refer to these two rows in CC2 as the garter stitch ridge throughout the rest of this pattern.
Change to CC1. Knit 4 rows.
Change to CC2. Knit a garter stitch ridge.
Change to MC. Knit 4 rows.
Change to CC2. Knit a garter stitch ridge.
Change to CC1. Knit 4 rows.
Change to CC2. Knit a garter stitch ridge.
Change to MC. Knit 2 rows only.

Begin Decrease Rounds:
In MC, work the following rounds:
(K6, K2tog) to end of round.
Knit 1 row.
Change to CC2 for garter ridge with decrease:
(K5, K2tog) to end of round.
Purl 1 row.
Change to CC1:
(K4, K2tog) to end of round.
Knit 1 row.
(K3, K2tog) to end of round.
Knit 1 row.
Change to CC2:
(K2, K2tog) to end of round.
Purl 1 row.
Change to MC:
(K1, K2tog) to end of round.
K2tog around – 8 stitches left.
K2tog around – 4 stitches left.

If you wish, put all stitches on 1 double pointed needle and knit 4 rows of I-cord for decorative finish. If you want to omit this part, you can cut yarn at 8 stitches and draw end of yarn through the 8 stitches with a tapestry needle and secure. Then leave plain, or add pom pom or tassel.

If you don’t know how to knit an I-cord, there is a good video here. (Please take the time to look around and support this site!)

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7 Comments

  1. I love your pattern. I’ve been knitting about three hats from the Regular Guy beanie….so when I say yours I was really excited. A friend has me knitting a baby blanket for her daughter’s girlfriend..can’t wait to knit your hat pattern too. Cute!!!!!
    Thanks for writting down the pattern.

    • finngarianmama

      Thank you for the comment! I would love to see pictures if you are on Ravelry!

  2. Great hats! I recently found out that my sister is expecting a boy, so these patterns will definitely come in handy. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks :-)

    • finngarianmama

      Wonderful! If you are on Ravelry, would you post pictures? Thanks!

      • Absolutely! I post pictures of everything I make on Ravelry. :-)

  3. Sue

    I just completed a cute plain beanie for my co workers new granddaughter. Thank you for this quick knit pattern! I was able to get it done in about an hour and put a tassel on the top!

    • Wonderful! Are you on Ravelry? If you are, would you post a picture? I’d love to see it! So glad you enjoyed the pattern!

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