Baby hats are fun and satisfying knitting projects. Their small size makes them easy to complete in a matter of hours. They don’t require much yarn, with some designs using less than a skein. You can even splurge on luxury yarn, such as cashmere. Knitting a baby hat is a way to try out a novelty yarn or stitch pattern without making a major commitment. Start with a simple hat and let your creativity inspire you to make one-of-a-kind variations.
I had lots of fun making these two baby hats
Hat measures 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter; length 5 inches (13 cm) from rim to crown.
Size 4 mm (5 US) needles
DK weight yarn White, pink or blue.
For nose ,eyes and mouth DK weight yarn black
For ears and whiskers eyelash type yarn pink or blue
Starting at brim, with pink or blue CO 64 sts and work in K2, p2 until brim measures 1 inch (3 cm) from beg.
Then work in St st
6 rows pink or blue
6 rows white
6 rows pink or blue
4 rows white
Shape Top Of Hat
Still in white *k2 tog, k7 rep from* to last 2 sts k2tog- 56 st
Next row : Purl
Change to Pink or blue knit 1 row then purl 1 row
Continuing in stripe sequence as established, shape top and finish:
Row 1 (RS) K 1, *k 4, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 47 sts.
Rows 2, 4 and 6 Purl.
Row 3 K 1, *k 3, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 38 sts.
Row 5 K 1, *k 2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 29 sts.
Row 7 K 1, *k2tog; rep from * across – 15 sts.
Row 8 *P2tog; rep from * to last st, p 1 – 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing seam. With large-eyed blunt needle, thread tail through remaining sts on needle. Pull tightly and secure. Sew back seam.
EAR – Make 2
With eye lash yarn, cast on 16 sts. and knit 3 rows. Pass all sts, 1 at a time, over first st. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining st and pull to tighten.
With Black , cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 Knit.
Rows 2 and 4 Purl.
Row 3 K2tog, k 1, k2tog – 3 sts.
Row 4 Purl.
Row 5 K3tog – 1 st.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining st; pull to tighten.
Using photo as a guide, place Ears and sew to each side of Hat about 1inch apart. Sew Nose in place, embroider smile. With eyelash yarn, embroider 3 whiskers on each side of Nose using Stem st. With white, embroider iris. With black, outline Eyes.
Have Fun Knitting!