Baby's First Hat


Welcome a newborn into the world with a beautiful knit hat pattern. It's not hard to learn how to knit a hat that is sure to put a smile on your face every time you see your darling child in it. With soft tones and even softer yarn, Baby's First Hat is perfect for baby's first day away from the hospital and for many months to come. Free knitting patterns for babies are always fun, but learning how to make a hat like this has irreplaceable sentimental value. Looking back, this easy knit hat serves as a great reminder of just how adorably tiny your little one once was.


Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Finished Size: 17”(19”) circumference.


  • RED HEART® Baby TLC™ ( Art. E258 available in solid color 5 oz (141 g), 258 yd (328 m) and multicolor 4 oz (113 g), 242 yd (222 m) balls): 1 ball of 5960 Strawberry Orange
  • Knitting Needles: 3.5mm [US 4] and 3.75mm [US 5]
  • Yarn needle


GAUGE: 18 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.


K = knit
mm = millimeter
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together


Special Stitches
SSK = slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of stitches, knit these stitches together through the back loop. 


Note: Directions are for size 6-9 month; changes for 12-18 month are in parentheses.


With smaller needles, cast on 77(85) sts.
Row 1 (Right side): (K2, P2) across to last stitch, K1.
Row 2: P1, (K2, P2) across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Ribbing until piece measures  approximately 2½ (3)” from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2.


Change to larger size needles.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Row 2: Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures approximately 4½ (5½)” from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2.


Crown Shaping
Row 1: K1, *K2tog, K15(17), SSK; repeat from * across: 69(77) sts.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K1, *K2tog, K13(15), SSK; repeat from * across: 61(69) sts.
Row 4: Purl across.
Row 5: K1, *K2tog, K11(13), SSK; repeat from * across: 53(61) sts.
Row 6: Purl across.
Row 7: K1, *K2tog, K9(11), SSK; repeat from * across: 45(53) sts.
Row 8: Purl across.
Row 9: K1, *K2tog, K7(9), SSK; repeat from * across: 37(45) sts.
Row 10: Purl across.
Row 11: K1, *K2tog, K5(7), SSK; repeat from * across: 29(37) sts.
Row 12: Purl across.
Row 13: K1, *K2tog, K3(5), SSK; repeat from * across: 21(29) sts.
Row 14: Purl across.
Row 15: K1, *K2tog, K1(3), SSK; repeat from * across: 13(21) sts.
Row 16: Purl across.

Size 12-18 Months Only
Row 17: K1, *K2tog, K1, SSK; repeat from * across: 13 sts.
Row 18: Purl across.



Cut yarn, leaving a 12” end. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches. Draw up firm; fasten securely. With right sides together and matching stitches, sew seam. Make one medium size pom pom and attach securely to Crown of Hat.

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My neighbor is expecting and this hat will go great with the sweater I am making for her. Ssh - don't tell. The pattern is easy, yet looks more complicated. I know she will love it. Thank you.

This knitted baby hat pattern is so cute! The slip, slip, knit stitch may seem a little intimidating at first, but it is not that hard to do. There are various videos on YouTube that you could watch to learn how to do this stitch. This stitch is used in many patterns, so it would be good to learn it on something small like a baby hat.

many thanks for great selection of patterns.


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