Friday, 4 January 2013

Knitted Baby Bow Hat

I love Pinterest for getting craft ideas, recipes, and patterns, but one of the frustrating things about it is that some of the pictures lead to listings on Etsy or other places that don't have the pattern. But that won't stop this crafty girl! I semi-made-up this pattern by modifying a simple hat pattern I have in my stash and copying the picture. This pattern is fairly simple, and really cute! Perfect for using up scraps too :) I'm not great at knowing sizes, but I think it would fit a 0-3 month infant. To make it bigger, add stitches in multiples of 4 before casting on. You could also use the basic hat pattern and add stripes, flowers, or make it look like an animal. See my Crochet Hat Round-Up post for ideas. Be creative!




Knitted Baby Bow Hat

Materials:

2 colours worsted weight yarn (size 4)

6 mm (US 10) knitting needles

Hat:

Using main colour, cast on 44 stitches. Work knit 1 purl 1 ribbing for 1". Work 4 rows stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row). Switch to accent colour and work 4 rows stocking stitch. Switch back to main colour and continue in stocking stitch until it measures approx. 5" from beginning.

Decrease:

Row 1: [Knit 2, knit 2 together] to end of row
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: [Knit 1, knit 2 together] to end of row
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: [Knit 2 together] to end of row
Row 6: [Purl 2 together] to end of row.

Cut yarn and pull through loops.

Bow:

Cast on 16 stitches (using accent colour yarn)
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) until the bow measures approx. 1".
Cast off and sew in ends.

Finishing:

Sew the bow onto the coloured stripe by looping around it several times. Make sure that you sew through the bow piece at least once so it can't get pulled out. Sew in all loose ends, and sew the middle seam.

Notes:
You can easily modify this pattern to be bigger by adding stitches in multiples of 4 (i.e. add 4, 8, 12, etc. stitches), and making it a bit longer. If you want it to be stretchier, use bigger size needles. To make it tighter, you can use smaller needles for the ribbing at the bottom, and bigger needles for the main part.

If you want to make this pattern with baby weight yarn, cast on 64 stitches and use 4mm knitting needles.  

A black and white one, made a bit bigger by adding stitches
A turquoise and white one, made tighter by using smaller sized needles for the ribbing at the bottom

36 comments:

  1. I just made this hat - preemie size. It's very cute.

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  2. Hi. Om a Girl from Denmark, just knitted this hat. Easy, and cute

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  3. Thanks for the pattern! I can never remember how many to cast on for an average baby hat, this was perfect.

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  4. I am very new to this. Can I do more cast on stitches and make it adult size?

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  5. Yes you can definitely cast on more stitches, just make sure you add in multiples of 4 so the decreasing works out properly. Do that and make it a bit longer than 5" and it should work out great! I have done this myself, to make one for a child.

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  6. Do you knit this in the round?

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  7. @Cookies, the pattern is written to be knit on 2 needles, but you can easily knit it in the round, just change the purl rows to knit rows. I like the look of it better when knit on the round actually because there is no seam. Hope it works out for you!

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  8. Do you change the purl rows to the knit rows during decrease? Only during that time is what I am gathering?

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  9. Hi Cookies

    If you are knitting in the round, then change ALL of the purl rows to knit rows, not just the ones during decrease. The only time that you would purl is while doing the ribbing at the beginning. Hope that helps!

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  10. Is it ok if I just knit and not do the purl stich?

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    1. then it ends up as garter stitch rather than stocking....

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  11. If you didn't purl at all throughout the whole pattern, it would look different at the bottom. If you just knit the whole thing in the round, then it would look the same as the pictures, but would curl up at the bottom. If you knit the whole thing on two needles, then it would have a different look (but would still work out).

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    1. Thank you Jenna!

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    2. I am almost done knitting the hat, but it looks like it will turn out to be very small if I knit the whole thing.

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  12. I am in love with this hat! I also really like that it can be made ahead of time and just don't attach the bow until you know if it's a boy or a girl because a boy can just wear the hat with a stripe! :)

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  13. I don't knit but am often looking for gift ideas. Can you e-mail me about buying some that you've made?
    LORI.PAL1127@GMAIL.COM

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  14. If I wanted to sell the hats I made from this pattern is it ok?

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    1. Yes, that's fine with me Mary!

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    2. Cute hat. I knit hats for the hospital nursery, this will be a nice change from the ones I usually do. Thanks

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  15. Cute hat. I'm looking for a change from the hats I usually make for friends when they have babies. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. love this and appreciate your very clear instructions - have made a few for friends' babies, but added a pompom on the top for a bit of 'oooh la la'...thanks again!

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  17. Thanks for the pattern, I'm working on knitting hats for Save the Children. This pattern is quick and easy to do :D

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  18. How might you explain this to a person her literally just started knitting? All I know is casting on, a knit stitch, and a purl stitch. This hat is actually what inspired me to learn how to knit. I have no clue about anything else but I would really like to learn.

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    1. Hi Dena- to begin you will cast on the 44 stitches. Then you will knit 1 stitch, swing yarn to the front, purl one stitch, swing yarn back, and repeat back and forth until it measures 1" from beginning. Then you alternate knitting one whole row, and purling one whole row for 4 rows in the main colour, then 4 rows in the accent colour, then back to the main colour until it measures about 5" from the beginning. Then you work the decrease rows, which involve knitting two together (instead of putting your needle through just one knit stitch, put it through two and knit a stitch- look up youtube tutorials if you don't know how to do it). It may seem overwhelming, but this pattern is fairly straightforward (I hope!) :)

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  19. Hi there! How lovely to see another knitting maniac like me
    who will just try things out and make up ideas as they go along.
    I love this little beanie, thanks for sharing. I agree with you about
    etsy etc....very frustrating.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  20. I just love this pattern. Has anyone done this is children sizes. I have a 16month old grand-daughter and a 5 year old. I just need to know how many more stitches to add on for each age group.

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    1. The pattern for the hat is fairly small- I would recommend casting on about 56 stitches for a 16 month old and 64 stitches for a 5 year old. I just estimated those numbers based on another hat that I have made so I'm not 100% sure. Also make sure that you knit it longer than 5". Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. Thank You Jenna for the help. I have started and frogged so many hats. Trying to find one that just works. I think my problem is with gauging. I am once again attempting another hat pattern once I finish I will attempt this one with your #'s. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

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  21. I just started to knit as well and it is working out really well. Thank you for the pattern and pictures. I was just wondering on the decrease part if decreases until the top is closed? thank you again! Juanita

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    1. Hi Juanita- at the end there will be just a few stitches left on your needle, with a small hole. Instead of casting off, you cut the yarn leaving about 5", and sew it through the remaining stitches, take them off the needle, and pull it tight, tie a knot and weave in the end. Once you pull it tight there will not be a hole. Hope that makes sense!

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  22. thanks girlfriend, I have the same frustration with no pattern to use,

    lynda

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  23. Thank you sooooo much- this has turned out to be very pretty!

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  24. Hi there! Cute pattern! Quick question...if you aren't knitting on dpk or in a round, how is the hat joined together? Flat and then sewn together? Thanks so much!

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  25. Just love this pattern. Have made it for the purple hat campaign. It looks cute with another stripe added instead of a bow for the boys.

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  26. Oh thank you so much for this pattern. I hate hats and am just learning to make them. But I have a 1 year old "great niece" and got another girl on labor day, and yet another girl coming in November...followed by a "great nephew" in December.
    This fall is our "Triple Crown of babies"! I just need to get the 1 year old to stand still long enough to get a measurement. thanks again

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  27. Thank you for your bow pattern. I am making baby hats and wanted something different for an embellishment and the bow is perfect! My hats are knit on circular needles and have a roll bottom, and the bow pattern looks adorable on those too. Best wishes, and keep up the great work!

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