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!
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 at the very beginning, cast on an extra stitch (i.e. 33 stitches in this design). Slip the first stitch purlwise onto the working needle. Take the extra stitch that was made (now second stitch on the working needle) and slip it over the slip stitch (now the first stitch on the working needle). Pull yarn tail and working yarn tightly and add stitch marker. Continue with pattern. This technique is demonstrated in this video HERE. You do not need to cast on any extra stitches in subsequent rounds.
- 9 mm (size 13) 16″ circular knitting needles
- Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn – Super bulky (level 6); uses approximately 54 grams, so one skein will make 2-3 hats (depending on which colourway you use).
- Stitch Marker
- Clover Pom Pom Maker
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!
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!
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!