Wednesday, November 30, 2011

That Favorite Toddler & Baby Winter Hat

Here's the updated pattern for That Favorite Winter Hat that I originally made for adults.  I've written a size for babies and toddlers.  Enjoy!  This is a very quick knit and is perfect for holiday gifts -- especially if you need to make something super fast.  

 4 stitches and 7 rows = 2 inches

Baby (Toddler)


  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (or another Super Bulky Yarn) -- 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
  • 4 US 13 (9.0 mm) DPNs -- I did the whole hat on DPNs but it you want to start on a circular needle and switch to DPNs, feel free!
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle

CO 36 (40) STS and join in the round (being careful not to twist the yarn) with a stitch marker to note the beginning/end of row

Row 1: P  
Row 2: K
Continue K rows until hat measures 5(6) inches from bottom (or as long as you need to make it to fit)
If using circular needles, switch to DPNs now.  Start decreasing for top of hat as follows:

  • (K2, K2TOG) to end
  • K
  • (K1, K2TOG) to end
  • K
  • (K2TOG) to end
 Using a yarn needle, draw yarn up through the remaining stitches. Pull tightly. Sew in loose ends.

  • CO = Cast On
  • DPNs = Double Pointed Needles
  • K = Knit
  • P = Purl 
  • K2TOG = Knit 2 Together


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I whipped one up for my son in just an hour. Would you happen to have a child size available? I'd love to make some for my brothers :)

  2. Thanks for your comment, Dianne! And I'm glad you like the pattern.... My daughter has a larger head, so this size might actually for a child. It's super stretchy and will likely fit her for a long time. You could just make it a tad longer, maybe 6.5 inches from the bottom, instead of 6 inches? Or, if you think you need to go wider, try the adult size, CO 44, and make it 6 or 6.5 inches from the bottom. I hope that helps!

  3. In the materials section you list Lion Brand Thick and Quick twice. Do I only need 106 yards? Thanks.
    Joan Bundt

    1. Joan -- thanks for the catch. Yes, I skein of Thick and Quick (106 yds).

  4. I'm looking for a newborn pattern similar to this. Would you convert the amount of stitiches, or do you think this pattern would work?

  5. I love this hat! Could I use a bulky weight yarn with # 9 needles? How would I need to adjust the pattern for a toddler (1 year old)? I have a great yarn I would like to use its just not super bulky weight.

    1. I would like to have this pattern adjusted for a 3 year old using a chunky weight.

  6. I knitted this on my Singer LK150 knitting machine and put a seam up the side for charity for Christmas - made 25 and they were so quick - but this was before I saw your pattern. Glad to see you publish this.

  7. Thank you for being such a wonderful resource! I'm taking my first knitting lesson tomorrow, and your patterns are just what I need to keep me knitting! After all, it would be a waste to learn how to knit, and then immediately forget it all because I didn't have anything to practice with!

    My nephew will be 2 next winter, and the winter hat will be one of his birthday presents!

  8. It looks as though the first few rows are garter st
    (knit) then knit a row purl a row is this so .I am eondering whether to do it on straight needs because not too good otherwise for me. Thanks Jan x

  9. What length circular needle would you recommend?