Whenever someone I know has a baby, I have to knit them hats. The basic set is a hat for the baby and a hat for Mom in matching yarn. But if I have extra time or extra yarn, sometimes I’ll knit 2-3 sizes of baby hats as well (because baby heads only stay small for so long), plus one for Dad.
And for some reason I seem to have an aversion to making these hats from a pattern. I have to knit them from spur-of-the-moment inspiration. Whatever pattern my fingers seem to desire on the day I start, that’s what I have to knit.
Here’s my latest. Just a simple, flexible pattern.
This hat is knitted top-down in the round. This particular pattern is for a non-newborn with a larger head. If you want to make a smaller hat, stop increasing sooner. Or use smaller yarn and needles to get a finer gauge. Choose your own adventure!
Cast on 10 stitches using Turkish cast on (5 stitches per needle). I used a US 6 circular needle in the magic loop configuration. Yarn was sport-Dk weight handspun.
Row 1: Double your stitch count. *Kfb*
Row 2- 4: Knit
Row 5: *K1, YO*
Row 6-8: Knit
Row 9: *K2, YO*
Row 10-12: Knit
Row 13: *K3, YO*
Row 14-16: Knit
Row 17: *K4, YO*
Row 18-20: Knit
Row 21: *K5, YO*
Row 22-24: Knit
Row 25: *K2, S1, K2tog, YO, PSSO, K2* (this is the row you stop increasing)
Row 26-28: Knit
Repeat Rows 25-28 until the hat is the desired length. 3-4 inches will do.
Start the brim with a prep row: You want to decrease the number of stitches on the needles by about 1 stitch per repeat (in row 25). This helps tighten things up for the brim so it will fit better. Make sure you end up with an even number of stitches.
Brim: *K1, P1* for 1.5 inches.
Bind off: I used the sewn bind off. But use whatever you prefer so long as it preserves the stretch of the brim.
To make a larger Mom hat, make the hat a bit bigger. You could do this by litterally making the hat bigger (adding more increase sections) or by using bigger yarn and needles. I chose option#1. I kept going with my increase sections until I was kitting *K3, S1, K2tog, YO, PSSO, K3*. The logic of the rest of the hat is the same. Make it as big as it needs to be, then add your brim. For an adult, I would use a brim of 2 inches at least.