Easy Knitted Baby Hat from Leftover Yarn

Hope you have as much fun with this project as I did.

To make this colorfully knitted hat for a special little one in your life, all you really need is some left-over yarn from your other projects. I don’t recall the exact name of the yarn I used in this video, but it’s quite thin, and I worked with #4.5 knitting needles.

Although this pattern appears to be long, don’t feel discouraged. It’s quite repetitive and makes for great fun and practice.

To begin, cast on 90 stitches.

ROW 1 -6

1X1 Rib Stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1)

ROW 7:

Switch the color to whatever you desire. I chose pink. Knit every stitch to the end

ROW 8:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row

ROW 9:

Knit every stitch. However, we will knit this row with 2 colors. Repeat the pattern of 1 pink & 1 brown until the end of the row

ROW 10:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (pink)

ROW 11:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (pink)

ROW 12:

Purl every stitch of the row (pink)

ROW 13:

Switch the color. I used Yellow.

Knit every stitch of the row

ROW 14:

Purl every stitch of the row (yellow)

ROW 15:

In this row, we will work with 2 colors again. Knit every stitch and your pattern will be knit 2 with yellow and 2 with brown. Repeat until the end of the row.

ROW 16:

We will purl the entire row with 2 colors – purl 2 with yellow, then 2 with brown. Make sure you match the colors from a previous row.

ROW 17:

In this row we will work with 2 colors again. Knit every stitch and your pattern will be knit 2 with yellow and 2 with brown. But this time, switch the pattern. Where you have yellow from the previous row, now you will knit brown. When you have brown, you will knit yellow. Repeat until the end of the row.

ROW 18:

We will purl the entire row with 2 colors – purl 2 with yellow, then 2 with brown. Make sure you match the colors from your previous row.

ROW 19:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (yellow)

ROW 20:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (yellow)

ROW 21:

Change color again. I used white this time. Knit every stitch of the row

ROW 22:

Purl every stitch of the row.

 

 

 

ROW 23:

Knit every stitch. However, we will knit this row with 2 colors. Repeat the pattern of 1 white & 1 brown until the end of the row

ROW 24:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 25:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 26:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 27:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (blue).

ROW 28:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 29:

Knit every stitch. However, we will knit this row with 2 colors. Repeat the pattern of 1 blue & 1 brown until the end of the row.

ROW 30:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 31:

Knit every stitch. We will knit this row with 2 colors again. Repeat the pattern of 1 blue & 1 pink until the end of the row. In this row, knit blue over a brown stitch and pink over a blue stitch

ROW 32

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 33:

Knit every stitch. We will knit this row with 2 colors again. Repeat the pattern of 1 blue & 1 yellow until the end of the row. In this row, knit blue over a pink stitch and yellow over a blue stitch

ROW 34:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 35:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 36:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (blue)

ROW 37:

Switch color once again. I chose white. Knit every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 38:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 39:

Knit every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 40:

Purl every stitch to the end of the row (white)

ROW 41:

Now it’s time to finish off your work.

  • Weave and clean up all the ends.
  • Next, sew the 2 short sides together.
  • Sew the top of the hat together.
  • Create tassels of any color for your hat.
  • Attach them to each corner of your hat and fasten them with the knot from the wrong side. (Do you mean something like “the knot from the opposite side/underneath?)
  • Next, make a single crochet rim. I decided to do a thin crochet rim, because my wool is pretty thin, and my rim wasn’t as firm as I wanted it to be.
  • Single crochet in every stitch of the rim
  • Measure the size of the elastic band that will fit your child’s head.
  • Attach one end of the band with the safety pin to the beginning of the row
  • Make a single crochet backwards in every 2nd Insert the elastic under every stitch. Do this all around until the end of the row.
  • At the end of the row, fasten your work and weave your ends in.
  • NOW YOUR HAT SHOULD BE With the elastic band in place, it will comfortably fit your child’s hat.

I do not have a small child that I could measure the hat on but it should fit 6-18 months old baby. The size of my hat is: 40 cm (about 7.5”) perimeter and approximately 15cm(6”) high.

Depending or your wool, your hat could be smaller or bigger. I would suggest measuring your child’s head and knit a small sample with your wool to see how big your pattern will turn out. You can always adjust your stitch count before you start your project.

And there you have it – your very own children’s knitted hat! Have fun playing around with yarn thicknesses and colors, and see what fun designs you create! 🙂