Perfect Fit Baby Hat - Free Pattern

Out of sheer necessity was this pattern created. In 2006 I made it to warm the head of my third child after realizing the majority of the newborn hats I made for her were too short. I was amazed at how long it actually fit her (about 2.5 months) Since then, this pattern has become a mainstay for me when knitting a gift for a friend or knitting for charity.

This hat is a fantastic stash buster as it takes very little yarn - the perfect solution to those odd balls of leftovers! There is a lot of room for improvisation with different stitch patterns on the brim, adding stripes, cables, pom poms, intarsia or whatever your heart desires. Because it is knit up on 10.5 needles it is very quick and the fit is perfect!

Happy Knitting, Friends.
Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 0-3 (3-6) months

-Needles: 1 set of 4 US #10.5 DPN's
-Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn, light worsted double stranded, bulky for a warmer and tighter fabric (will have less stretch knit in a bulky)
-Notions: stitch marker,tapestry needle

Using long tail cast on CO 44 (48) sts
divide sts beween 3 DPN's and join for working in the round being careful not to twist stitches at the join.
PM to mark the beginning of round.
Knit around in stockinette stitch for 4" (5")

Decreases at the crown:
Row 1: *K5, K2TOG* repeat between** around
Row 2: K around
Row 3: *K4, K2TOG*
Row 4: K around
Row 5: *K3, K2TOG*
Row 6: K around
Row 7:*K2, K2TOG*
Row 8: K around
Row 9: *K1, K2TOG*
Row 10: K around
Row 11: *K2TOG*

Cut yarn leaving a 3-4 inch tail, with tapestry needle weave tail through live stitches, turn hat inside out and securely weave in ends.



Heidi Tillman