Make a sweet and simple knitted baby hat with our free pattern

baby hat knitting pattern
Free beginner's knitted baby hat patternSussie Bell - Hearst Owned

Knitting is such a fun and useful crafting skill to have. With just some needles, yarn and a little know-how, you can make all sorts of things from toys and blankets to bespoke garments.

If you're a beginner knitter looking for a quick and simple project that is going to challenge your skills, we've got just the thing. Why not have a go at making this adorable knitted hat for a baby using our free pattern?

This free baby hat knitting pattern is sized for little ones aged up to 12 months old. It's such an easy pattern to follow that you can recreate it time and again in a whole variety of colours to personalise it for the intended wearer.

The pattern is made with a garter edging and then worked in stocking stitch throughout with stripes at the base and a simple crown shaping at the top.

A knitted hat makes for a lovely and practical gift but if you'd like to create more knitted items in the same style, we've got two more patterns to go along with the knitted hat to make a full knitted baby layette collection.

This free baby layette set of knitting patterns is perfect for knitters who have had a go at the basic knitting stitches and are ready to try new stitches and techniques such as working a raglan shaping or trying new textural stitches. The layette includes a classic baby cardigan pattern and hat, as well as an easy baby blanket knitting pattern perfect for on-the-go mums.

Knit with the softest yarn
This pattern uses our lovely and soft Prima Yarn. It's texture and weight are perfect for baby knitting patterns and better yet, it's easy to care for. It can be washed at 40 degrees and tumble-dried on a cool setting if needed.

Free Knitted Baby Hat Pattern

Skill level - Advanced beginner


To fit – Premature (0-3 months: 3-6 months: 6-12 months)
Circumference: 30 (33.5:38:42) cm


  • Prima DK Acrylic Wool in shades (A) Sage x 1 100g ball (B) Pure White x 1 100g ball

  • 3.25mm and 4mm pair of knitting needles


22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm square over st st using 4mm needles


Cont continue; g gram; k knit; p purl; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; ssk slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit stitches together through back of loop; st stitch; st st stocking stitch; tog together; tbl through back loop; WS wrong side; yo yarn over * repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed; [ ] repeat the instructions within the brackets as many times as directed.

Unsure about what some of the abbreviations mean? Check out our full knitting abbreviations glossary.

Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 66 (74:84:92) sts.

Knit 3 rows.

Rows 1 and 2: Change to 4mm needles and A, work 2 rows in st st, beginning with a K row.

Rows 3 and 4: Using B, work 2 rows in st st, beginning with a K row.

Rep last 4 rows once more. Break off B.

Using A, cont in st st until work measures 11 (12:13:14)cm from cast on edge, ending after a WS row.

Shape crown

Next row (RS): K1 (1:2:2), [k2tog, k2] 16 (18:20:22) times, k1 (1:2:2). 50 (56:64:70) sts.

Next row (WS): P to end.

Next row: K1 (1:2:2), [k2tog, k1] 16 (18:20:22) times, k1 (1:2:2). 34 (38:44:48) sts.

Next row: P to end.

Next row: [K2tog] to end. 17 (19:22:24) sts.

Next row: P1 (1:0:0), [P2tog] 8 (9:11:12) times. 17 (19:22:24) sts. 9 (10:11:12) sts

Break yarn leaving a long tail and thread through rem sts left on needle, pulling tight to create the top of the hat, and sew the seam closed with this same end.

Making Up

Weave in ends and block to given measurements.

knitted baby blanket, hat and cardigan
Sussie Bell - Hearst Owned

Knitted baby layette collection

Ready to explore more of our free knitting patterns? Why not try your hand at some of the other patterns in this baby layette collection such as the cosy cardigan or knitted blanket.

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