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King and Queen Baby Hats
King and Queen Baby Hats
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All hail the tiniest king and queen! The King and Queen Baby Hats are an adorable way to treat your little ones like royalty. This simple baby hat knitting pattern features a stockinette stitch base and a garter stitch crown edging. We love the pastel pink and blue as shown in the image, but any other solid color yarn would look equally as regal.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking stitch.

Finished SizeTo fit Preemie 1/3lbs (Preemie 4/6lbsNewborn) 12 mos

Materials List

  • Bernat Softee Baby (140 g/5. oz;331 m/362 yds) - Queen Version: Main Color (MC) Prettiest Pink (30205) - 1 ball; Contrast A Lemon (02003) - 1 ball, King Version: Main Color (MC) Ocean () - 1 ball; Contrast A Lemon (02003) - 1 ball To fit Preemie 1/3lbs (Preemie 4/6lbs- Newborn) 12 mos
  • Set of four size 4 mm (U.S. 6) doublepointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.
With MC, cast on 52 (60-68-92) sts. Divide evenly among 3 needles. Join in rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker on first st for beg of rnd.
1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd of (K2. P2) ribbing 4 times more.

Knit in rnds until work from beg measures 3 (3½-4-4½) ins [7.5 (9-10-11.5) cm].

Shape top: 1st rnd: *K11 (13-15-21). K2tog. Rep from * around. 48 (56-64-88) sts.
2nd and alt rnds:Knit.
3rd rnd:K4 (5-6-9). K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 (48-56-80) sts.
5th rnd:*K3 (4-5-8). K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 (40-48-72) sts.
7th rnd:*K2 (3-4-7). K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 (32-40-64) sts.
9th rnd:*K1 (2-3-6). K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 (24-32-56) sts.

Sizes Preemie 4/6lbs and Newborn only: Next rnd:*K(1-2). K2tog. Rep from * around. (16-24) sts.

Sizes Preemie 1/3lbs and Preemie 4/6lbs only: Next rnd:*K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and fasten securely.

Size 12 mos only:Next rnd: Knit.
Next rnd:*K5. K2tog. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Next rnd:Knit.
Next rnd:*K4. K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
Next rnd:Knit.
Next rnd:*K3. K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
Next rnd:Knit.
Next rnd:*K2. K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Next rnd:Knit.

Sizes Newborn and 12 mos only: Next rnd:*K1. K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
Next rnd:*K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and fasten securely.

Crown edging
With A and pair of needles, cast on 7 (7-11-11) sts.
1st row:(RS). Knit.
2nd row:K5 (5-9-9). Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
3rd row:K1. Inc 1 st in next st. K6 (6-10-10).
4th row:K7 (7-11-11). Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
5th row:K1. Inc 1 st in next st. K8 (8-12-12).
6th row:K9 (9-13-13). Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
7th row:K1. Inc 1 st in next st. K10 (10-14-14).
8th row:K11 (11-15-15). Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
9th row:K1. Inc 1 st in next st. K12 (12-16-16). K15 (15-19-19) sts.
10th row:K12 (12-16-16). K2tog. K1.
11th row:K1. K2tog. K11 (11-15-15).
12th row:K10 (10-14-14). K2tog. K1.
13th row:K1. K2tog. K9 (9-13-13).
14th row:K8 (8-12-12). K2tog. K1.
15th row:K1. K2tog. K7 (7-11-11).
16th row:K6 (6-10-10). K2tog. K1.
17th row:K1. K2tog. K5 (5-9-9). 7 (7-11-11) sts.
Rep 2nd to 17th rows 4 (5-6-8) times more.
Cast off knitwise.

Sew cast on and cast off edges tog.

With WS of edging and RS of Hat tog, sew straight edge of edging along cast on edge of Hat using whip st.

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Wondering if this works for a baby just turning one. can't tell from the pattern. Would appreciate advice. Thanks

Hi kwildau 9958917, this pattern includes sizing for preemie 1-3 months to 12 months, so it should work for a baby about to turn one. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

For sections of the pattern that do not indicate a specific size, the 12 mos. size will be the last number in the parentheses.

Hi kwildau 9958917, the pattern does include stitch counts for a 12 months size. However, the most important thing with that is your stitch gauge, since the pattern size depends on your matching the gauge in the pattern. Be sure to knit a swatch and make sure you're getting the same gauge. If you knit tightly you can maybe go up a needle size, or try to knit loosely, so it won't come out too small.

This hat is perfect for the little queen or king in your life. I would add a bit more detail to the crown so that it looks a bit more like a crown. You can always embroider on the additional detail. I have little ones to knit for so this hat is perfect. The parents are going to love the hats as well. And watch out for the brothers and sisters. They may want their own too. Thank you.


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