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Striped Baby Hat


Striped Baby Hat

The Striped Baby Hat in size small.

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Cover for Cuties:

This striped baby hat is a super-quick knit in any of the three sizes (to fit a newborn of about 5 pounds, 6 pounds and normal birth weight, respectively) and is a great way to use up bits of yarn left over from other projects.

These hats would be a great choice for charity knitting, too, because they're so easy and so easy to customize (to make smaller, just subtract 4 stitches for each inch smaller you need the circumference to be). The hat is meant to be snug, so it's knit an inch or two smaller than the baby's actual head circumference.


  • about 25 (35, 45) yards total of two (or more) different colors of medium-weight yarn (I used the yarn I salvaged from a sweater and a bit of O-Wool Balance)
  • set of four size 6 US double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle


18 stitches and 28 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


Finished size is 10 (11, 12) inches around and 4 (5, 6) inches tall, to fit a 5-pound (6-pound, 7- or 8-pound) newborn.

Instructions are written for size small with larger sizes in parentheses.

Instructions for Hat:

  1. Cast on 44 (48, 52) stitches in main color. Arrange onto three needles and join in round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a stitch marker to indicate the end of the round, if desired.
  2. Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  3. Change to contrast color and knit 3 rounds.
  4. Change back to main color and knit 4 rounds. Do not cut yarn between stripes.
  5. Continue in stripe pattern until piece measures about 3 (4, 5) inches, ending at the end of a contrast color stripe.

Shaping the Crown:

  1. Next round, change colors as normal and *knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  2. Knit 3 rounds plain.
  3. Change to contrast color and *knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  4. Knit 1 round plain.
  5. *Knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  6. Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle. Slip stitches onto yarn and pull tight. Weave in ends.
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