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Baby Watch Cap

The Baby Watch Cap on my girl's head (worked in 6-12 month size though she's 2).

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I don't know what the exact definition of a watch cap is, but it seems to me that it's usually a hat with a long section of ribbing that can be folded up to guard against the elements. At least that is the case with this Baby Watch Cap, worked mostly in a single color but with an added stripe for extra fun.

This hat uses the same colors -- and parts of the same hanks -- as the Kid's Snowflake Hat, so if you're outfitting a bunch of heads you can get multiple hats out of a couple of hanks of yarn. And, of course, you can switch the colors, add more stripes or omit the stripe entirely if you'd rather.


  • one hank each of Spud & Chloe Sweater in two different colors; I used Waterslide for the main color and Root Beer for the stripe. In all you will need about 46 (50, 57, 65) yards of your main color and 10 (11, 12, 14) yards of your stripe color, or 56 (66, 69, 79) yards total.
  • set of four size 8 US (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles (for larger sizes you can use a circular needle in the beginning, but you will also need DPNs to shape the top)
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle


18 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round


Finished hat measures 12 (13, 15, 18) inches around and is 5.5 (6, 7, 8) inches tall. To fit a newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years). Instructions are given for the smallest size first with larger sizes in parentheses. Sample knit in size 6-12 months.

Knitting the Watch Cap:

  1. With main color, cast on 56 (60, 70, 80) stitches. Divide as evenly as possible on three double-pointed needles, then join in round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 rib for 2 inches.
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch 1 inch.
  4. Change to contrasting color and knit for 1 inch.
  5. For smallest size, change to main color, knit 1 round, then begin shaping, starting with the knit 6, k2tog round. For 3-6 month, change color, knit 1 round and begin shaping with knit 8, k2tog round. For 6-12 month, change color and knit 1 inch. For 1-3 years, change color and knit 2 inches.
  6. For all sizes but smallest, begin shaping here. *Knit 8, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  7. Knit 1 round.
  8. *Knit 7, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  9. Knit 1 round.
  10. (For smallest size, begin shaping here.) *Knit 6, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  11. Knit 1 round.
  12. *Knit 5, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  13. Knit 1 round.
  14. *Knit 4, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  15. Knit 1 round.
  16. *Knit 3, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  17. Knit 1 round.
  18. *Knit 2, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  19. *Knit 1, k2tog. Repeat from * around.
  20. *K2tog. Repeat from * around.
  21. Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle. Slip remaining stitches off the knitting needles onto the yarn needle and pull tight to close up the top of the hat. Weave in yarn ends.
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