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Easy Beginner Knitted Hat

By: Emi Harrington

Learn how to knit a hat with this Easy Beginner Knitted Hat tutorial from Emi Harrington.  Knitting hat patterns can seem intimidating to novice knitters, but you'll be able to take them on like pro once you finish this beginner knitting pattern. Made with straight knitting needles, this project will allow a beginner to practice several techniques including: knitting the garter stitch, knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time and basic seaming methods. Once your baby hat is seamed up, embellish it with a fun, homemade pom pom!


Knitting Needle Size15 or 10 mm

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


  • Worsted weight yarn, worked 2 strands, approx. 50 grams
  • One pair knitting needles, size 10mm, (US 15)
  • Yarn needle


Finished Size: newborn to 3 years.

Gauge: 3 stitches = 1 inch (Gauge is not important in this design.)



  1. Working with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn, and size 10mm needles, cast on 20 stitches. (This will produce a child size hat, ages newborn to 3 years, with a rolled up cuff.)
  2. Knit every stitch across the row.
  3. Repeat step 2 until the rectangle is long enough to wrap around the head:
    Newborn: 13 inches
    3 to 6 Months: 16 inches
    6 to 12 Months: 18 inches
    1 to 3 Years: 20 inches
  4. Cast off.
  5. Bring the first and last rows together, and sew up the seam to form a tube.
  6. With a yarn needle, and the yarn end, weave through a row of stitches, approximately 1 inch from the end. Gather up to close the top of the hat, and form a ruffle-top on the hat. Take several stitches to secure. Fasten off and weave all yarn ends into the finished work.

Add a pom-pom, a flower, or a button on the hat as embellishment.



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I'm trying knitting out since I already know how to loom knit. Is it okay if the yarn is a bulky 5?

I finished a pink one and now on to a blue!! I tried to post a pic but not sure where it went lol

Could I do this with only one strand of yarn instead of two?

Yes! You might want to use a larger/bulkier yarn if you do that, to keep the gauge consistent. Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I am close to completing a baby hat, but was unsure of the stitching together process. This video was perfect and provided me with courage to go ahead on it. Video was clear and visual was great! Thanks Do you offer more videos like this one?? DR

I have been knitting a baby hat like this and was thinking how to stitch the right way and this verified what I was going to do. Video was great, clear, slow instructions. Do you offer more of your videos? Thank you much D.

I MUST make this! Thank you!

I have a new great-grandson will knit one of these cute hats for a Christmas gift.

Pattern looks easy, how do I adapt for knitting in the round?

The only difference would be that you would not have a seam to sew or a naturally occurring ruffle at the top of the hat-you would just have a plain hat at the end that you could embellish with a pom pom.

This is a good beginner's pattern. I would think it would be too bulky for a baby.

Oh my god! I love your video. You sound like a true sweetheart. Keep up the good work. <3


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