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For beginner knitters, baby hats are perfect for trying out basic techniques and stitches. So why don’t you try out a few of these free baby hat knitting patterns, or better yet, knit them all?
We have picked out 3 baby hat patterns for you to try out. The first one, Tegan, is a cute hat with a top knot that can be knitted either in flat or round.
Next is this Premie Hats for Charity, a colorful hat that is knitted in the round, great if you’re practicing your knitting in the round
The last one is the Sweet Striped Hat, a knit in the flat hat with two pompoms up top
Both the Tegan and Premie hats can be found on the Love Crafts website. You’ll need to be signed into their website to download these two patterns. It is completely FREE to sign up with their website.
The Sweet Striped Hat can be found on Lion Brand’s website. The price you’ll see on Lion Brand’s pattern page is NOT the price of the pattern. It is the price of the recommended yarn which you can buy through their website.
You can find the button for the downloadable FREE pattern under the [Add All to Cart] button.
Build Your Skills With These Free Baby Hat Knitting Patterns
Tegan – An Easy Knit Comfy Baby Hat
Designed by Julie Taylor, this cute baby hat comes in 5 different sizes. They range from 4-6 lbs premie to 1-2-year-old toddlers.
Using Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, the hat is knitted using US3 or US6 knitting needles. That’s 3.25 mm and 4 mm if you are using the metric system. And depending on your knitting method, needles can either be straight of double-pointed
This is an easy hat to knit because the pattern includes instructions for knitting either in flat or round. Either way is very simple and straightforward.
The pattern also introduces you to a basic knitting decrease. The K2tog or knitting 2 together is a common decrease you’ll find on most patterns. You can find a tutorial for this decrease technique here: Basic Right-Slanting Decrease (K2tog)
Furthermore, as this project is knit in the flat, we suggest you use the Mattress Stitch to sew the hat together. You can find a great tutorial for this stitch here: Mattress Stitch
Preemie Hats for Charity – Most Colorful of the Free Baby Hat Knitting Patterns
Designed by Carrisa Browning, these colorful baby hats come in a single size. It measures 11-12 inches in circumference. That is 28-30.5 cm if you use the metric system.
The pattern is knitted in the round using a US3 double-pointed knitting needle. That’s a 3.25 mm needle if you use the metric system.
You can use any yarn in the Sport-weight group, Try out a combination of different pastels or colors to create some really vividly delightful hats. To understand yarn weights more, check this article here: Yarn Weights Article
Using different yarn types in the sport weight group should give you more interesting textures and color combinations so don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit.
Sweet Striped Hat – An Adorable Knitted in the Flat Hat with Pompoms
Designed by Keira Wiggins, this charming baby hat comes in only a single size but is stretchy enough to fit most baby and toddler sizes.
This is a great project for confident beginners. It is knitted in the flat using US5 or US6 knitting needles. That is 3.75 mm and 4 mm needles if you are using the metric system.
With a medium yarn like Lion Brand’s Feels Like Butta, you’ll be whipping up this cute hat in no time. Best of all it is machine washable and dryable.
As this baby hat is knitted in the flat, we suggest you use the Mattress Stitch to sew the hat together. You can find a great tutorial for this stitch here: Mattress Stitch
You’ll also learn how to Pick Up Stitches in this pattern, a basic but very useful skill in knitting.
You can create the pompoms with this very easy to use Pompom Maker, this one lets you make 4 different sizes of pompoms for your knitting projects.