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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Pattern: Baby Caps

These three caps are made only with the knit stitch -- there is no purling. (The pink cap pattern is on my main blog, posted last January. The patterns for the yellow hats are below.)

For washability, I used a soft acrylic microfiber yarn in a solid color combined with a textured multicolor version of the same yarn. With one ball of each yarn you can make several hats. The stockinette stitch cap is knit in the round. The garter stitch cap is a miniature version of the origami hat that is knit flat and seamed.

Babies heads are so small it's hard to imagine that these hats are the right sizes, and they grow so quickly that a cap that fits today will be too small next week! My grandmother always made 2 hats for babies: a tiny version that they could wear home from the hospital, and a larger hat that would fit for a few months afterwards.

These hats are sized with that in mind. The preemie version is sized to fit an orange, the newborn to fit a grapefruit. Somewhere I read that this is the best way to estimate sizes for baby hats and I've never forgotten the tip! (If I had some citrus fruit here, I would have photographed the hats on an orange and a grapefruit, but it's summer so my fruit bowl is full of plums and peaches instead.)

I also posted pattern for this hat on my main blog last January.


1 ball of DK weight yarn in a solid color and 1 ball of DK weight yarn in a coordinating colorway.

I used:
Plymouth Dreambaby D.K.
50% Acrylic Microfiber, 50% Nylon
5 1/2 sts = 1"/US 6 needles
183 yds/50g ball

Plymouth Dreambaby Kokonut D.K.
67% Acrylic Microfiber, 33% Nylon
5 1/2 sts = 1"/US 6 needles
126 yds/50g ball

Stockinette Stitch Hat

This hat is knit in the round from the bottom to the crown. Knit the cap in one yarn or use both yarns, changing colors randomly for stripe pattern as desired.


Preemie (Newborn)

10 inches (14 inches)


Size 6 set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles for preemie size.
Size 6 16-inch circular and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles for newborn size.


6 sts = 1 inch over stockinette stitch (knit every round, worked circularly)


The larger size can be made on a 16-inch long circular needle, with double-pointed needles used for the crown decreases. The small version is too tiny to fit on a circular needle and the entire hat is worked on double-pointed needles.

Cast on 60 (90) sts. Join, being careful not to twist, to knit in the round. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round. (The marker is not cricital now, but it will be used to keep track when you begin the crown decreases.)

Rolled Edge

Knit every round for about 3/4 (1) inch. As you knit, the stockinette stitch fabric will curl up forming a rolled brim.

Cap Body

Knit every round until cap measures 3 (4 1/2) inches from the bottom of the rolled edge.


If you are working on a circular needle, change to double-pointed needles when the stitches no long reach comfortably around the needle.

Setup round: Decrease 4 (2) sts evenly spaced--56 (88) sts remain.

Decrease round 1: *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round--42 (66) sts remain.

Knit 1 round even.

Decrease round 2: *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round--28 (44) sts remain.

For newborn size only, knit 1 round even.

Decrease round 3 and following rounds: *K2tog. Repeat from * until 3 sts remain.

I-cord knot

Work I-cord on 2 double-pointed needles as follows.

*K3. Do not turn. Slide sts to other end of double-pointed needle. Repeat from *.

When I-cord measures 1 1/2 inches, bind off remaining 4 sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tie i-cord in a knot.

Origami Hat

The hat is made from the bottom up and knitted flat. After you cast off, you sew the back seam and the top closed.


Preemie (Newborn)

10 inches (14 inches)


Size 6 needles


5 sts = 1 inch over garter stitch (knit every row, worked back and forth)



With multi-colored yarn, cast on 50 (75) sts.

Knit every row until piece measures 1 (1 1/2) inches. Change to solid yarn.


Knit every row until cap measures 4 (6) inches from top of brim.

Bind off.

Sew back seam. Sew top seam. Fold points at ends of top seam to the center and sew them down to the center of the hat. Weave in ends and fold up brim.

If desired, make a tassel or pompom and sew it to the top of the cap. Here are some good instructions:

Posted by Donna at 10:40 AM
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