Baby's First Hat
Sizes based on head circumference: To fit approximate head circumference of preemie 11-12” (newborn 13-14”).
5 sts/1” when knitting with worsted weight.
5.5 sts/1” when knitting with dk weight.
6.5 sts/1” when knitting with sport weight.
All gauges are done in stockinette stitch in needles specified or size needed to obtain gauge.
For knitting in the round, you will be on double pointed needles (or magic loop). The head circumference is to too small to work on a 16” circular.
Worsted Weight Hat: 65 (75) yards worsted weight yarn, #7 double pointed needles (dpns) or 32” circular for magic loop for knitting in the round, #7 straight needles for knitting flat, stitch markers.
DK Weight Hat: 75 (85) yards dk weight yarn, #5 dpns or 32” circular for magic loop for knitting in the round, #5 straight needles for knitting flat, stitch markers.
Sport Weight Hat: 90 (105) yards sport weight yarn, #3 dpns or 32” circular for magic loop for knitting in the round, #3 straight needles for knitting flat, stitch markers.
All three of the yarns used in the sample hats are soft enough to grace a baby’s head and machine washable to ease the life of a new mother.
The hats are simple and straight forward to knit and work up in a few hours if you’re in a hurry (or a waiting room)! Knit up a bunch and save them for random baby gifts.
Thank you to the ladies who tested and edited the pattern, Danni, Deb, Genna, Lindsay, Lori, Mary, and Sari.