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26 Kid-Approved Knit Hat Patterns

Check out this wonderful collection of knit children's hats and find the perfect way to keep your little one's head warm all winter long.

By: Julie DaMario, Editor,
Kid-Approved Knit Hat Patterns

The best thing about knitting for kids is that they’ll wear almost anything – that is, until they reach the tender age of twelve. After that, cooties disappear, boys are cute, and girls are hard to talk to. But up until then, kids don’t care about clothes - as long as they’re comfortable. They have to be loose enough to let them beat the next door neighbor in a race and warm enough to keep them focused during a competitive game of capture the flag.
With winter right around the corner, it’s important to remember that kids don’t always think about getting sick when romping about in the snow. All they care about is building the best igloo on the block or throwing the most snowballs. This collection of warm knit hat patterns is sure to dash any hint of a cold and keep your child warm all winter long. The patterns below are both mother-tested and kid-approved, so knit for your kids while you still can! It won’t be long until they refuse to wear an adorable cable knit hat with a fluffy pom pom on top.

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Playful Animal Hats

Knit an entire forest of fuzzy creatures with this list of animal knit hat patterns. These cozy hats are not only adorable, but a great way to spot your little one while out ice skating, playing at the park, or going sledding at the neighborhood snow hill. Kids will love these playful animal hats for a number of reasons, but you’ll love them because they’ll keep their ears nice and warm. Let your child take his favorite animal with him wherever he goes with one of these playful animal hats.

  • Fox Earflap Beanie

    There's no better way to keep little ears toasty than with an earflap beanie! If your child is a fan of foxes, this one's a no-brainer.

  • Happy Puppy Dog Hat Knitting Pattern

    Who doesn't love dogs? For an adorable hat that your child is sure to love, knit him or her this dog hat. Your child will be so excited to match the family pooch!

  • Cuddly Critter Earflap Hat

    Sometimes it's better to not be specific. If you give your child a hat with a pair of ears, they can decide which animal they want to be!

  • Cute Bear Hat

    Your little bear cub will never be better-prepared for the winter than with this bear hat. He's more likely to actually want to wear his hat outside when it's this cute!

  • Cute Polar Bear Knit Hat

    Polar bears are some of the animals best-suited for the frigid cold out there, so why not give your child a fighting chance with a little bit of that polar bear spirit?

  • Dinosaur Hat

    I have never met a child, boy or girl, who didn't love dinosaurs. Have you? Just because they're extinct doesn't mean that your kids can't play pretend.

  • Froggy Hat

    If ears on your child's hat is just a little too mainstream for you, suit him up with a pair of eyes! These giant googly-eyes are bound to elicit giggles from his classmates.

  • Just Ducky Hat

    Is your child a fan of Donald Duck? He can pretend to be the famous duck himself every day if he wants with this cute duck hat! You can even knit it in black if they're more of a Daffy fan.

  • Whimsical Bear Hat

    The only thing she'll love more than a cute, eared hat for winter is getting to match with her favorite doll. Can you imagine tea parties with their matching hats? Precious!

Warm Winter Hats

This collection of warm winter knit hat patterns is just as cute as the playful animal hats above. There’s a cozy hat to suit every child’s needs in this list. Keep that sweet little head warm in a classic cable knit hat, such as the Chill Be Gone Hat. For a colorful look, try the Farmer’s Market Hat or another striped beanie. There are so many ways to get creative with a child’s knit hat pattern – all you need is a little inspiration from this list of cozy, kid-approved hats.

  • Mighty Winter Warrior

    Ready your little viking for the winter with this unique horned helmet-style hat.

  • Farmer's Market Hat

    We love this hat for early autumn trips to the farmer's market. If he's warm, he's less likely to complain when you're deciding which variety of apple butter to buy!

  • Chill Be Gone Hat

    Nothing in this world is cozier than cables. It's a scientific fact. For a no-nonsense, classic hat that's perfect for the winter, knit your child her very own Chill Be Gone Hat.

  • Fluffy Puffs Hat

    Pom poms help keep winter hats fun, but the cords at the end serve a utilitarian purpose. Your child is less likely to lose his or her hat in the wind if it's tied beneath his or her chin!

  • Furry Beanie Hat

    If there's any way to get a little girl excited about wearing her hat, it's to make it colorful and pretty. Slap a flower on some fluffy, rainbow-colored yarn and you have yourself a keeper.

  • Kable Kid

    You want a classic cabled hat. She wants rainbows. Compromise with this hat that has the best of both worlds! Even with the variegated yarn, you can see the lovely braids.

  • Kid's Bubble Hat

    Texture is so fun while knitting. In order to keep the hat exciting enough for the child to wear and for you to knit, try knitting up a hat like this one with a bubbly texture!

  • Pixie Hat

    Doesn't the cuteness of a toddler in a brimmed hat just melt your heart? Before she'd old enough to be embarrassed by hand-knit hats, put her in a Pixie Hat, one of the cutest options for a little girl.

  • Pumpkin Pixie Hat

    Speaking of cute hats for children, not only does this one tie under the chin, but it comes to a tiny little point at the top, like the stem of a pumpkin! This hat is great for autumn and winter alike.

  • Simple Child Hat

    Rolled brims are a quick and easy way to give a knit hat some intrigue. Since all it takes is knitting in stockinette stitch, nobody will believe how little time it took you to knit your child's hat.

  • The Happy Hat

    Sometimes, simpler is better. The Happy Hat will do just that: keep your child warm and happy without attracting any unnecessary attention.

  • Veronica Ear Flap Hat

    If you live in a particularly chilly or snowy area, ear flap hats are really the way to go. Your little one won't be pulling her hat down every five minutes to keep her ears warm.

  • Super Mario Color Charts

    Another benefit to ear flap hats is that they better trap the heat from your head. The adorable little Yoshis running around this Super Mario Color Charts hat are just a bonus.

  • Blue Ice Beanie

    Everyone knows that blue is the color of winter. Combined with the classic pale brown color, this hat is great for children in the winter.

  • Sunny Stripes Hat

    Stripes are an easy and quick way to put together a hat for your little one that looks like it could have come straight out of a department store.

  • Lollipop Hat

    While everyone else's kids are freezing with their cheap hats, your child will be cozy and toasty with her handmade-with-love rainbow striped beanie. Plus, she'll be easy to spot with the bright colors!

  • Spring Dreams Hat

    For the girly-girl out there, flowers are an absolute must. Just because the ground is icy doesn't mean you can't channel springtime!

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My kid will definitely approve of this! He has the kid version of the Beard Head beanie hat (you can check them out here https//, so I wanted to make him something that's easy enough for a beginner but cute enough that he'd be proud to wear it anywhere. I'm definitely going with the duck one!

This is yet another great ebook. I have twin grand sons so I can really use this. I can make them up an entire wardrobe in no time. These are such easy patterns that it won't be a hard project. The hard part will be deciding which one to make first.

I am just a beginner and working on my skills so I can make some of these adorable animal hats! What a unique gift for a child. #BestIdeaEver Sheila


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