Basic Knitted Baby Hat

Many of my friends have been having babies, and I always love gifting them something handmade!  Knitting baby beanies has been my go-to gift as of late since I love knitting in the round, babies always need hats to keep their heads warm no matter what season, and the hats look so stylish with plenty of stretch.  For my knitted beanies, I love using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick by Lion Brand Yarn as it is warm with its wool content, and it can be easily washed.  Furthermore, with one skein of yarn, you can actually make two baby hats!  There are so many colours available, and if the baby’s gender is a surprise, I love using a neutral grey or cream colour!

Below are some examples of the hats I have gifted to friends!  The simplicity of the pattern really lets the yarn shine through as it looks great with a variegated yarn, striped yarn, or single colour yarn!  Adding a pom pom ontop adds such a cute look- I used my the smaller pom pom maker in this set HERE!

Basic Knitted Baby Hat



Here is the free pattern for my Basic Knitted Baby Hat!


  • Babies’ heads vary widely in size, but I think these beanies will generally fit a baby up to 6-9 mos old (as I’ve seen with my friends’ children) since it has the capability to stretch.
  • If you would like to make this hat larger, try adding more stitches to the initial cast on and add more rounds to add more height.
  • If you would like to knit a matching adult hat (which would be such a lovely baby shower gift), follow this free pattern by Carol Tyler on Ravelry HERE (it also uses Wool-Ease Thick & Quick)!
  • For a seamless join, I cast on an extra stitch as demonstrated in this video HERE.


Using long tail cast on (need ~45″ tail for the cast-on), cast on 32 stitches.

R1-5: *K1, P1* around. (32 sts)

R6-21: Knit around. (32 sts)

R22: *K2, K2tog*, rep around. (24 sts)

R23: *K2tog*, rep around. (12 sts)

R24: *K2tog* across. (6 sts)

Cut yarn and thread tail through last sts.  Pull tight, tie knot and hide end.

Make pom pom (either one larger pom pom or two smaller pom poms) and add to hat.

Finished dimensions:6.25″ tall, 13″ circumference, about 6″ wide


These quick projects are so satisfying since you can whip one beanie up in one sitting!  Sewing a label onto these little beanies adds such a luxe effect as well.  Below you can see all the different colours I have in my ultraleather labels by BrickBubble!

Basic Knitted Baby Hat

For the girl babies, I used the beautiful “Starlight” colourway which has a lovely hint of gold sparkle throughout.  For the pom poms, I used some pink worsted weight yarn I had in my stash.  Changing up the weight of the yarn for the pom poms helps give a delicate effect!

Basic Knitted Baby Hat

Have fun knitting these sweet little beanies for the babies in your lives!  Next week Ryan and I will actually be heading to New York City for the Lion Brand Yarn Blogger Event!  Just typing out that sentence is surreal, so I cannot even imagine what it will be like going to New York, meeting my fellow crochet bloggers who I admire so much, and touring the yarn company that has partnered with me and supported me throughout the years!  You can keep up to date with our adventures on Instagram!  I will tell you all about the trip when we return!

  • Ginny

    What cute little hats. They look so cosy. Lucky babies.

  • Rosalin A

    So cute! thanks for sharing the pattern

  • Gail O’Neil

    The hat is adorable but it looks like a Stockinette stitch and the pattern says knit every row! Could you tell me if knit every row?? I am new at this! Thank you!!!

    • Hi Gail! It’s interesting because when knit stitches are worked in a round, they form stockinette! If this were a flat piece, you would need to form stockinette by alternating one row of knit stitches with one row of purl stitches. However, since this hat is worked on circular needles in a round, you just need to keep doing the knit stitch to form the beautiful stockinette!

  • Nelly

    Hi Stephanie
    I’m trying to make this baby hat with the circular needles. I’m having a difficult time knitting in the round with 32 stitches. Did you use the 16” ? Thank you 🙂

    • Hey Nelly! Yes, I did use the 16″! The first round or two is a little tricky, but once you get past that point, it’s much easier to work the stitches in a round on the 16″!

      • Nelly

        Oh thank you! I’ll give it another try. 🙂

  • Kathleen Pedersen

    What colors did you use for the other hats? (the “boy” hats) They look so pretty!

  • Natalie Quiballo

    Hi Stephanie!

    Do you switch to dpns at some point? The pattern is so cute!