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Garter Stitch Baby Hat

By: Kathleen Sams for redheart.com

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Garter Stitch Baby Hat
Garter Stitch Baby Hat
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The Garter Stitch Baby Hat is a beautiful free knitting pattern you can complete in a short amount of time. This knit baby hat is perfect for beginners who want to practice the garter stitch. The end result is truly adorable and your little one will be able to keep his or her head warm in style. Keep in mind this isn't your average baby knitting pattern, because the top of the hat features a twisted cord that adds a unique dimension to the design. Plus, the periwinkle color is incredibly striking and works well for both boys and girls. You don't want to miss this beginner knit baby hat.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge15 sts = 4”, 30 rows = 4” in Garter stitch (knit every row). Squares = 7” x 7”. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any sized needle to obtain gauge given.

Finished SizeHat circumference is 14”

Materials List

  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein of 347 Light Periwinkle
  • 5.5mm (US 9) Yarn Needle

Hat

Square (Make 2)
Cast on 27 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit all sts.
Rows 2-42: Knit.
Bind off. Weave in ends.

Assembly

With right sides up, sew side seams; leave top and bottom edges open.

Make Twisted Cord using three 80” lengths of yarn. Weave the cord through the stitches about 1” down from the top edge of the hat. Pull ends of cord to gather fabric and secure with a knot.

Twisted Cord

Bring all six cut ends of yarn together and tie in a knot close to the end to form a large loop. Secure the knotted end to a stable surface or have someone hold it. Slip a knitting needle into the loop and hold the yarn just below the loop and needle. Hold the yarn taut, and twirl the needle, twisting the yarn, until the entire length is tightly twisted and begins to twist back on itself. Bring the loop end and the knotted end together; tie tightly so the cord will not untwist. Smooth out the kinks so the cord lies flat and twists evenly.

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