Free Knitting Pattern: Newborn Hat

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I had a lovely ball of Cascade Superwash yarn just sitting in a basket with no purpose.  Fortunately, I found this lovely pattern for a newborn sweater.  Written by Kelly Brooker, the Puerperium Cardigan pattern is available for free on ravelry.

Of course, once I had completed the sweater, I realized my little guy would need a matching hat.  So, I wrote this simple pattern to be completed on straight needles (or knit flat with circulars…my favorite!).

Happy Newborn Knitting!


Yarn: 1 skein Cascade 220 Superwash Sport wool yarn (or yarn with same gauge)

Needles:  1 pair US size 5, 1 pair US size 3

Stitch Markers
Gauge: 22 sts/4 in. – SS

Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern
  1. CO 68 sts., using size 3 needles.
  2. K garter stitch 6 rows.
  3. Change to size 5 needles.  K SS until work measures 4 in., starting with a purl row.

    Begin Decrease
  4. *K6, k2tog, PM, K7, k2tog, PM.* Repeat * to * across row. (Obviously, no marker needed on the last set.)
  5. P2tog, *P to marker, slip marker, p2tog.* Repeat * to * across row.
  6. *K to 2 before marker, k2tog.* Repeat * to * across row to last 2 sts., k2tog.
  7. Repeat rows 5 and 6 until 12 sts. remain.
  8. P2tog across, removing markers.
  9. K2tog across.
  10. Loop yarn through the last 3 sts to bind off.

  1. Sew up sides.
  2. Tuck in ends.

SS: Stockinette Stitch – K one row, purl the next.  Repeat.

CO: Cast on

Garter Stitch: Knit every row.

K2tog: Knit two stitches together to decrease by one stitch.

PM: Place Marker

P2tog: Purl two stitches together to decrease by one stitch.


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