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Newborn Cozy Cap
Newborn Cozy Cap
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Newborn Cozy Cap is the ideal free knitting pattern for babies. Your little one will feel snug as a bug in a rug wearing this knit hat made of quality yarn tested for harmful substances. The body of the hat is garter stitch with a seed stitch edging, and a contrast pom pom tops it off in style. If you're heading to a baby shower anytime soon, you don't want to miss this free knit hat pattern. The mommy-to-be will certainly love the care and thoughtfulness of your gift. Plus, the gray color makes this hat perfect for both boys and girls. Feel free to switch the color of the pom pom based on personal preference and you're good to go.

Cap is worked back and forth in rows and
seamed in back.
First and last stitch on every row is worked
in Stockinette Stitch (knit on Right Side, purl on Wrong Side); this is the “edge stitch” used for seaming Cap. Directions are for Preemie. Sizes (Newborn, 6 months, 12 months) are in parentheses.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 6 or 4 mm

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

Gauge20 sts = 4” [10 cm] and 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeHead Circumference: 12 (14, 17, 18)” [30 (35, 43, 46) cm] Finished Measurement: 11 (13, 16, 17)” [28 (33, 41, 43) cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Baby Hug™ Light: 1 ball each 3410 Dolphin A and 3724 Pinkie B
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 3.75mm [US 5] and 4.0mm [US 6]
  • Yarn needle
  • Susan Bates® EasyWrap Pom Pom Maker

Stitches

Garter Stitch
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit to end of row.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit to end of row.
Rows 3-4: Repeat Rows 1-2.

Seed Stitch
Row 1 (Right Side): K1, P1, to end of row.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): P1, K1, to end of row.
Rows 3-4: Repeat Rows 1-2.

Cap

Using smaller size needles and (A), cast on 58 (66, 82, 90) sts.
Purl one row on Wrong Side.
Rows 1 (Right Side): Work edge stitch, *K1, P1*, to last stitch, work edge stitch.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Work edge stitch, *P1, K1* to last stitch, work edge stitch.
Rows 3-10: Repeat Rows 1-2. Change to larger size needles and begin working in Garter Stitch keeping first and last stitches in edge stitch. Continue until piece measures 3 (3½, 4¾, 5½)” [8 (9, 12, 13) cm] from cast on edge, ending with a Wrong Side Row.

Begin crown decrease as follows:
Row 1 (Right Side): Work edge stitch, *K6, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—51 (58, 72, 79) sts
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit across row.
Row 3: Work edge stitch, *K5, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—44 (50, 62, 68) sts
Row 4: Knit across row.
Row 5: Work edge stitch, *K4, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—37 (42, 52, 57) sts
Row 6: Knit across row.
Row 7: Work edge stitch, *K3, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—30 (34, 42, 46) sts
Row 8: Knit across row.
Row 9: Work edge stitch, *K2, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—23 (26, 32, 35) sts
Row 10: Work edge stitch, *K1, k2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—16 (18, 22, 24) sts.
Row 11: Knit across row.
Row 12: Work edge stitch, *K2tog* to last stitch, work edge stitch—9 (10, 12, 13) sts.
Row 13: Knit across row.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12” [30 cm] tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn through needle and draw through remaining sts twice, draw up firmly and fasten securely.

Finishing

Align back seam edges. Using yarn needle, sew seam together using the “edge stitches” creating a smooth, flat seam. With (B) and Pom Pom Maker, make a 2½” [6 cm] pom pom and attach to top of hat. Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations

cm
centimeters
k
knit
k2tog
Knit 2 sts together. Insert the right needle into two stitches at the same time and knit. This will result in a decrease of one stitch. This decrease will slant to the right.
mm
millimeters
p
purl
RS
right side
st(s)
stitch(es)
WS
wrong side

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I can't tell what's cuter: the baby or the hat. OR if they are only this insanely cute when they're paired together. More tests needed. Also, I need to make this hat for all of my cousins' little babies!

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