Saturday, 9 June 2012

Hearts & Bows Baby Hat

I wrote this little knitted hat pattern when my grandson was due to be born and thought I would share it here with you today.

It has been on Ravelry for just under a year now and has been downloaded nearly 1500 times, but if you are not a member of that site you wouldn't be able to access it so I would thought it would be good to put it here on my blog.

Size: Newborn (circumference 36cm  - 14in)

Yarn: Approx 70m (76yds), 4ply (fingering weight) of your choice
Knitting Gauge: 7 sts x 9 rows stockinette stitch = 1 inch

On 3.25mm dpn needle, or size needed to get gauge, cast on 72 stitches
Divide evenly between 3 dpn’s (24sts on each)

Ribbed Brim
Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.
Round 1 – 8: k2, p2 rib

Change to 3.75mm dpn’s, or size needed to get gauge.

Heart border = 15 rows
Round 9 – 10: purl
Round 11: p6, k1, p11, k1, p5
Round 12 & 13: p5, k3, p9, k3, p4
Round 14: p4, k5, p7, k5, p3 
Round 15: p3, k7, p5,  k7, p2
Round 16 - 18: p2, k9, p3, k9, p1
Round 19: p1, k4, p3, k4, p1, k4 p3, k4
Round 20: p3, k2, p3, k2, p5, k2, p3, k2, p2
Round 21 – 23 purl

Round 24: knit
Round 25: *yo, k2tog * rpt to end

Continue knitting every round until hat measures approx 12cms (4 ½ inches) from cast on edge.
Begin decreases: (Repeat across all needles for each round.)
Round 1: k6, k2tog
Round 2,4,6,8,10,12,14: knit
Round 3: k5, k2tog;
Round 5: k4, k2tog;
Round 7: k3, k2tog;
Round 9: k2, k2tog;
Round 11: k1, k2tog
Round 13: k2tog (9 sts left)

Cut the yarn leaving enough to thread a tapestry needle and thread through all stitches, pulling gently to close the gap. 
Weave in ends.
Wash hat according to yarn specifications and lay flat to block.

The Hearts border pattern is from ‘Knit Edgings & Trims’ by Kate Haxell.  This little hat looks great on baby boys or add a cute ribbon bow for a more girly embellishment.
Happy knitting.

Some knitters have commented that the hearts are not as pronounced on their work as they appear in my photo.  The yarn I used, Rowan 4ply soft, is one that shows detail very well (I call it an unforgiving yarn if you make a mistake).  It is a discontinued line now but I would suggest using a yarn that is quite smooth to get good results. A cotton or bamboo would work well.

Another alternative is to reverse the chart above so that the hearts are purled and the band is knit.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.


  1. Popular pattern, I have seen this hat for sale on my photography props site... they must have got your pattern as it is exactly the same... ribbon and all. It was one of my fave hats for Taylor when he was a newborn... fat little head doesn't fit it now lol

    1. I 'm happy for it to be used at will. There was no disclaimer on the pattern to limit it's use at all and I'm just glad other people are enjoying the design. I am designing a new one today as I type so stay tuned for that one coming soon.

  2. This hat is super cute... off to find it on Ravelry. :-)


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