Here is a free knitting pattern for a super-easy newborn hat. I am calling it the Hospital Hat because while I am a proponent of home birth, the baby I knitted it for will be born in a hospital. If you prefer to download a PDF, you can get one at Ravelry or leave a comment here (use your real email address).
Hospital Hat by Annika Barranti
For non-commercial use only. You may knit hats as gifts or for charity. Please do not redistribute the pattern (but feel free to link to it).
Newborn babies need a lot of help keeping as warm as they were in utero. This super-easy little hat knits up fast, uses very little yarn, and is cuter than the ones the hospital provides.
You will need:
- about 50 yards of light worsted yarn
- I used Borocco Pure Merino, which is machine washable and so soft.
- For Hats To Haiti, Tahki Cotton Classic would be good
- needles to get you a gauge of 5 stitches per inch (approx. size 6)
Work garter stitch edging: knit one round, purl one round. Work for half an inch (four rounds total) or to the length you like.
Work stockinette, knitting every round, until you have a tube that measures 3 inches from the cast on.
Next round decrease 8 times: k6, k2tog, repeat to end. Knit one round plain. Decrease every other round until 24 stitches remain, then decrease every round until 8 stitches remain. k2tog four times: four stitches remain.
Work i-cord for three inches.
Next round k2tog twice. Last round k2tog, then pull yarn through to tie off.
Weave in ends and tie i-cord in a knot.
Originally posted in brief at Mama to Mama in answer to Amanda’s call for knitted hat patterns. Please note that Dolly is smaller than a (full-term) newborn.
If anything is unclear, please let me know! Happy knitting.