2 super adorable knitted baby hats

So, I’m not sure about you all but a few years ago I hit this phase in life where it seemed like every other month one of my friends had a baby. And now, like clockwork, the cycle is starting all over again with the 2nd wave of babies.

It’s a wonderful thing to see your friends become parents and I love me some babies. (Of course, I don’t have to live with them so its easy for me to say this with the well rested confidence of the childless).  I especially love them when they are still so little that all they do is eat, sleep and occasionally poo, but it’s not like the super disgusting poo because it’s milk poo. (For you squeamish ones, sorry for writing poo 3 times there and then again here.)

(I fully realize that visiting  babies is not at all the same thing as parenting and I’m confident I’ve got at least a few moms rolling their eyes at this post already. Oh, she loves babies, oh their poo isn’t so bad. Yeah right. )

Leslie-Knope-Christmas-GiftsIt’s no secret that I love making thoughtful gifts for my friends. I fancy myself like my shero Leslie Knope. Basically, you know you are in the inner Caro circle if you have had a least 1 homemade gift sent to you. I wouldn’t say these gifts are super impressive. But, I try to send something made with my own little hands that says, hey I love you and I know you just pushed a watermelon sized thing out of your vagina  and that sounds really hard and there is nothing I can do to make up for that awful pain but here is a really cute knitted hat. Something like that.

For those of you are also going through your own wave of friends with babies and would like to send them a little something, I’m sharing here 2 recent knitted hats I made. Full disclosure, I made 1 of these too small and it ended up looking like a baby yarmulke (doesn’t really work  for a goyish baby) so this is not a perfect science. Learn from my mistakes and try to account for baby head size. Also, I don’t have babies so I made my cat model these (and she loooved it!) But, it turns out cat heads are smaller than baby heads. Go figure.

Super Adorable Knitted Hat with Animal Ears 

I found this pattern on pinterest and knitted it in an afternoon so it’s super ac1dcc50-8bd4-435d-9b9f-db4ca58ad643easy to do and a great novice knitting project.

  • What you’ll need:
    • baby yarn and 5 1/2 inch needles.
  • How to make it:
    • Cast on 56 sts. Work in stocking stitch for 22 rows. Then begin to shape the crown.
    •  Knit 1, *k 4, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (47 sts.)
    •  Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 3, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (38 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 2, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (29 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k2tog* rep from * 7 times, end knit 1. (16 sts.)
    • *Pearl 2tog* across entire row. (8 sts.)
    • Leave your remaining sts on your needle cut the yarn with a long tail. Use a tapestry needle to draw the end of the yarn through the remaining sts as you remove them from the needle. Pull tightly and sew the two edges together to finish.
    • Ears (make 2):
      • Cast on 21 sts and knit 3 rows. Cut yarn leaving a long and draw through remaining sts with a tapestry needle. Pull tightly and knot to secure. Keep the tail to help secure the ears to the hat.
      • Finish by sewing a circle of felt to the centre of the ears. Use a contrasting colour and sew in place with a blanket stitch. Sew the ears in place with the remaining tail of wool, sewing back and front to make them secure.

Cutest Knit Bow Baby Hat 

I also found this pattern on pinterest and I love the way it turned out. fd6c0d34-b5a5-4c93-9830-36483029346dHowever, this is the one I made too small which I’m confident is my fault and not the pattern maker. I’m going to try again this week.

  • What you’ll need:
    • Worsted wool yarn, circular 16 inch needles and 7 inch double pointed needles, both size 7.
  • How to make it:
    • Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the main yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rows
    • Stay with main color and knit 2 rows.
    • Switch to accent yarn  and knit 4 rows.
    • Switch back to main yarn and knit until the hat in about 4 1/2 inches long.
    • Begin to Decrease hat:  Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches
    • Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches onto the double pointed needles.
      • Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles.
      • Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
      •  Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      •  Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      •  Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends. 
    • For the bow: knit 14 stiches across for about 7 rows, tie off with yarn and stitch to hat.

Happy knitting!

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