Guide to selected baby hat knitting pattern ideas.
A baby hat or beanie is an easy and quick knit. What makes them fun is the various cute themes they are designed in. Most of them are knitted in the round but they can also be knitted flat and then seamed.
My picks will start with basic shapes and borders before moving on to those cute designs inspired by all sort of things around us.
1. Mama’s Basic Baby Hat Knit Pattern
If you are new to knitting caps, this is a good basic baby hat knit pattern to learn. It starts off with 2-stitch ribbing and continues in stockinette stitch. You can use double-pointed needles, magic loop or 2 circular needles to make this hat. A variegated yarn would make the hat more interesting than a plain solid colour.
Get the pattern of Basic Baby Hat.
2. Carissa’s Preemie Hat For Charity
Carissa offers 5 different versions of preemie hats to knit. 4 of them share the same basic shape and one that is more like a beanie. The 4 versions feature stitch patterns like eyelets, hearts, diamonds, and stripes. Make all 5 and donate them to your nearest maternity hospital.
Get the pattern of Carissa’s Preemie Hats.
The following knitted baby hat patterns with animal designs are always a great hit with both parents and kids. Here is a couple that I thought are simply adorable.
3. Cassandra’s Happy Puppy Baby Hat
With the appropriately shaped and placed ears, and brown worst weighted yarn, a basic beanie can be transformed into a doggy hat. Add a pair of eyes for an even cuter look.
Get the pattern of Happy Puppy Dog Hat.
4. Kris’ Woodland Fox baby
This little fox knitted baby hat comes with a cute tail to complete the costume. Like the doggy hat, this is a basic hat shape with appropriately designed ears.
Get the pattern of Woodland Fox Baby Hat.
5. Ashlee’s Reindeer Beanie
Ashlee Marie did a fantastic job with the reindeer’s antlers on this knit baby hat. It is so cute, I am itching to knit this. Ashlee suggested picking up and knitting the antlers straight from the hat. She gave clear instructions and even have a picture of how to pick up the 12 stitches. I personally would do this just to avoid having to sew them on later.
Get the pattern of Reindeer Beanie.
6. Rudolph’s hat
Another reindeer hat and with that little red nose, we all know who this is. I think this baby hat knitting pattern is clearly written. You have a chance to learn a new way to cast on called the tubular cast-on that gives ribbing a nicer edge.
Get the pattern of Rudolph’s Hat.
7. Frog’s hat
With 2 white pom poms as eyes and a stitched red line for a mouth, the froggy outfit is completed with a pair of webbed socks which is included in the set. Get the pattern of Froggie Set.
Fruit and Vegetable Theme
Fruits and vegetables are also common themes for baby hats. Here are some really cute ones.
8. Cassandra’s Sweet Watermelon beanie
This free baby hat knitting pattern is definitely a beanie for summer. The baby looks delicious. All it took is some clever colour work. Why didn’t I think of that? Get the pattern of Watermelon Beanie.
9. Michele’s Berry Baby Hat
This berry hat is knitted in the round in stockinette stitch. Michele made use of stockinette’s tendency to curl to create the brim. The green stem is incorporated using a stranded colourwork technique. What a good idea. It makes the stem much more realistic.
Get the pattern of Berry Baby Hat.
All these knitted monster hats are great as Halloween hats.
10. Pokeball hat
Pokemon has become such a hit in so many countries. So have many accessories made to look like poke balls. Here’s one for a Pokemon party. Get the pattern of Poke Ball Hat.
11. Angry Red Bird hat
I am very impressed with the likeness of this angry bird hat. This baby hat knit pattern has a pixie shape and the classic angry bird eyes and beaks. Get the pattern of Angry Red Bird Hat.
12. Oscar The Grouchy Hat
Grouchy Oscar indeed. Oscar’s trademark’s eyebrow is made of faux fur or eyelash yarn. Get the pattern of Oscar the Grouchy Hat.
13. Cookie Monster hat
Oscar would be so lonely without Cookie Monster. Make both using this knitting pattern of a baby hat. Another way to make the huge eyeballs is using pom poms.
Get the pattern of Cookie Monster Hat.
14. Minion’s hat
Since the release of Despicable Me, so many of us have fallen in love with the minions. Their unintelligible speech and love of adventure and bananas. This is again, a basic beanie knitted in yellow with the goggles crocheted and sewn in. Get the pattern of Minion’s hat.
15. Elf’s hat
Clever shaping creates the shape of this little hat. It requires a little more skill but isn’t too difficult to pick up. And isn’t it cute? Knit them for your little cutie pies. Get the pattern of Elf’s hat.
16. Marianna’s Fair Isle Flower Baby Hat
This beanie looks easy but can be challenging for knitters new to fair isle and knitting it in the round. After tackling the fair isle pattern, there is the decreases. But it looks so sweet. Try it anyway. Get the pattern of Fair Isle Flower Baby Hat.
17. Maria’s Little Scallops Baby Hat
Maria’s English pattern is a little sparse but I think it is still manageable. She created a little chart to show how to knit the scallops using 2 different colours. It is not that different from the Berry Baby Hat featured. I like the fact that she combines a mild grey with a bright orange and a bright red colour. The combination gives a nice contrast. Get the pattern of Little Scallops Baby Hat.
Pandas epitomized cuteness. So a cap with a row of panda heads as a pattern means cuteness overload. Get the pattern of Pandamonium beanie
19. R2D2 Beanie
For that Star Wars Fan in your family or friends, knit away. *Grin*. Get the pattern of R2D2 beanie.
20. Justyna’s I Heart Cables
This cute little winter hat is knitted in the round with simple cables. The pattern includes the version with earflaps and another like a beanie. The earflap version is finished with an i-cord string and pompom. Gender neutral, very nice. Get the pattern of I Heart Cables Beanie.
21. Laura’s Garter Ear Flap Hat
Laura always produced very good pictures illustrating her pattern. I learnt a great deal about stitches and shaping following her patterns and instructions. This earflap pixie hat has a really interesting shape and her choice of yarn makes sure this is a squishy hat. Mostly garter stitch with clear shaping. Get the pattern of Laura’s Loop Garter Ear Flap Hat.
22. Cutie Pointed Hat with Ear Flaps
I think this is a really sweet hat. The ear flaps are knitted first and join together using circular needles. When the ear flaps are connected, the hat is joined in the round and knitted up to the top. Follow the decreases to shape the pointed top. Get the pattern of Cutie Pointed Hat with Ear Flaps.
23. Kersten’s Bitty Beanie
This little hat spots a seed texture band and a stockinette body. The 2 little flower buttons complete the look. Use neutral colours and basic shape buttons to make the hat gender-neutral. Get the pattern of Kersten’s Bitty Beanie.
24. Preemie hat with a rolled edge
This sweet little hat is knitted flat. The side seam is sewn together to form the tube. The top seam is then knitted close and the 2 corner sewn down in the centre. You can also knit it in the round and only seam the top. Get the pattern of Preemie Hat with Rolled Edge.