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Infant's Eyelet Hat


Eyelet Hat

Eyelet Hat.

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Cottony Comfort:

It may seem a little strange to knit an eyelet hat, because how does a hat with holes in it keep you warm? But this hat is a great choice for little ones who still need a little head protection in the spring and fall (think kiddos without a lot of hair) but who don't want to be stuck under a too-warm hat.

This hat is really easy to knit and give you plenty of practice working yarn overs and knit two togethers. It's a great project if you've never worked anything remotely lacy and aren't sure where to start. For knitters with eyelet experience, this one whips up super quick and is sure to get a lot of use.


  • about 75 yards light weight cotton yarn (I used Knit Picks' Simply Cotton Sport in Prussian Heather
  • set of five size 4 US (3.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • size 4 US (3.5 mm) 16-inch circular needle (optional)
  • stitch marker
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle


20 stitches and 32 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 8 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


Finished hat is about 14 inches around unstretched and 6 inches tall. To fit a 6 to 12 month old, depending on the size of the head.


  1. Cast on 8 stitches. Divide onto 4 double-pointed needles and join in round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker to indicate the end of the round.
  2. Knit 1 round.
  3. *Yarn over, knit 1. Repeat from * around; 16 stitches.
  4. Knit 3 rounds.
  5. *Yarn over, knit 1. Repeat from * around; 32 stitches.
  6. Knit 6 rounds.
  7. *Yarn over, knit 1. Repeat from * around; 64 stitches.
  8. Knit 12 rounds.
  9. Purl a round. If desired, switch to your circular needle at this point.
  10. Knit 5 rounds.
  11. *Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat form * around.
  12. Repeat these 6 rounds 3 more times (4 eyelet rounds total).
  13. Knit 5 more rounds.
  14. Next round, *knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * around.
  15. *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * around.
  16. Repeat these 2 rounds once more, 4 rounds total.
  17. Bind off loosely, cut yarn and weave in ends.
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