Prepare yourself for cuteness because this post is chock full of it! We’ve got over 25 baby hat knitting patterns for your viewing pleasure today (all free patterns by the way!) and there are also plenty of pictures of babies wearing said baby hats. So it’s basically cuteness overload!
Featured Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
So how do you knit a baby hat anyway? If you are a beginner knitter, don’t worry, you are in the right place! We’ve got plenty of beginner friendly baby hat knitting patterns for you today that will walk you through the process. I recommend starting with a more basic pattern. Also, hats that are knit flat in back and forth rows on straight needles can be more approachable than hats knit in the round on double pointed needles or a circular needle if you’re not already familiar with knitting in the round. So keep that in mind!
Here’s a quick note for the more experienced knitters out there. Trust me, not all of the baby knit hat patterns we are featuring today are super easy. We’ve also got plenty of designs with more complicated stitchwork and/or construction so you can find that happy medium between ease and interest!
But what I really want to talk about is the variety! As it turns out, there are all sorts of different baby hat knitting patterns. Yeah there’s beanies, but there are also quirky little gnome hats, adorable little bonnet style hats, and little hats with animal themes like bears and foxes! Fair warning, you are almost definitely going to have a hard time picking which pattern to knit, so you better get to scrolling so you can peruse all your options!
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Over 25 Free Baby Hat Knitting Patterns!
Welcome the new baby with a squishy and soft garter stitch knit hat. The design features a broken rib stitch brim, icord ties and double pom poms. There are some short rows involved for shaping, but overall this hat pattern is very approachable for beginner knitters. It’s such a cute and unique design, don’t you think?
Designer: Paula Garrard Designs
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK (DK Weight #3)
2. The Loving Hat
If you’re short on time, working with super bulky yarn will give you the boost of speed you need. This adorable baby hat is knit from the bottom up in the round. It is a fun and fast knit that uses the easy stranded colorwork technique to make a sea of colorful little hearts (which are a great use for random scraps of yarn by the way!)
Designer: Garter Stitch Witch
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Esk*mo (Super Bulky Weight #6)
3. Baby Pearl Hat
This next baby hat knitting pattern is cozy enough for a brisk morning walk and cute enough for a playdate. The design features a wide garter stitch brim and a stockinette stitch top. The darling scalloped edging is added on afterwards with a bit of crocheting. It’s a cute and classic design that is sure to impress.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Baby Merino (Sport Weight #3)
4. Hat of a Cat
One of the best things about new babies is the ability to dress them up! This adorable cat hat would look great on both baby girls and baby boys. This baby hat pattern is so simple, because there’s no shaping and it’s all just knit and purl stitches in the round. The ears are created with a bit of gathering after the hat is all knit.
Designer: Lotien Designs
Yarn: (DK + Lace Held Together = Aran Weight #4)
5. Dixie Pixie Hat
While some folks may think that baby bonnets are a bit antiquated, they’ve actually been making a big comeback lately. I especially love the vibe of the pointed pixie style bonnets, because they are so whimsical and adorable. This darling design is knit flat and it involves simple shaping and seaming.
Designer: Sandra Magalhães
Yarn: Katia Merino 100% (DK Weight #3)
6. Little Fair Isle Hat
Here’s a chance to practice your fair isle knitting skills without committing to a massive project. Even though this pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, it will still knit up relatively quickly because a knit baby hat is just so tiny. The design uses mini skeins for the small amounts of color needed for the fading leaf motifs, but you could also use scrap yarn.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) (Fingering Weight #1)
7. Baby Fox Hat
An adorable baby fox hat is just the thing for a costume party, or for an average afternoon at the park. It’s so cute and cozy, and it’s sure to attract some compliments! The design is knit flat in back and forth rows and it uses the intarsia colorwork technique along with a little duplicate stitching to create the fox face.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca (Sport Weight #3)
8. Plaid Toque
Classics are classics for a reason, and you can’t go wrong with black and white plaid. This sophisticated design is sure to give the new baby that Audrey Hepbrun old world charm. The design is knit in the round using just basic stitches. The pattern also includes adult sizes, so you can make yourself a matching one!
Designer: Yarn Twisters
Yarn: Estelle Yarns Double Knit (DK Weight #3)
9. Garter Bonnet
If you are looking specifically for baby hat knitting patterns for beginners, then give this one a try. This free knitting pattern includes 3 mini video tutorials to walk you through the tricky bits. The design is geared towards adventurous beginners who are ready to experiment with a little bit of short row shaping, and with knitting icord to make the ties.
Designer: Knifty Knittings Blog
Yarn: we are knitters The Pima Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
10. Tiny Triangles Hat
One nice thing about baby hat knitting patterns is that you really don’t need very much yarn at all. Better still, when the design incorporates 3 colors like this one, you can get away with using scraps of yarn that you have leftover from other projects. This is a fun and fast knit that calls for stranded colorwork in stockinette stitch knit in the round.
Designer: Tetiana Otruta
Yarn: Knit Picks Muse Hand Painted Aran (Aran Weight #4)
11. Debutant Baby Set
Don’t mistake the word “debutant” here to mean “complicated.” Despite all appearances, this is actually a very simple pattern that’s perfect for beginner knitters. And when you’ve mastered the hat, you can continue practicing your knitting skills with the matching leg warmers, so that the baby can have the whole set.
Designer: Elizabeth Sullivan
Yarn: Sweet Paprika Designs Andante (Worsted Weight #4)
12. Half Pipe Hat
You can make two baby hats with one skein of yarn. The best thing is that it’s very stretchy, so it’s okay if the baby is born bigger than you thought it would be! The pattern is knit from the bottom up in the round so there’s no seam. I would definitely recommend this one for beginners and anyone looking for a relaxing knit.
Designer: Heather Walpole
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky (Bulky Weight #5)
I love a good knitting pattern for a square hat, because I don’t have to fuss with any increasing or decreasing to shape the hat. This lack of complexity also makes square hats perfect for experimenting with stitches a little more interesting than plain old garter or stockinette. This design is knit from the bottom up in the round, and there’s also a cabled version.
Designer: Emilie L
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Merino Extra Fine (DK Weight #3)
14. Kaiya Mei
Everyday is a cause for celebration when you get to dress the baby up in a hat that looks like a cupcake covered in rainbow sprinkles. There is a chart included in the pattern, but honestly the color changes are so random that you can probably just wing it. And the nice thing is that there’s really no mistakes here – just happy accidents.
Designer: Knitosophy Designs
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
15. Classic Baby Hats
Choose between rolled brim, striped, and garter brim styles. You also have your pick of finishing techniques: cinch it up, add a pom pom, or perhaps a cute little looped icord. All patterns are worked bottom up in the round, so they’re very simple and straightforward in addition to being classic.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Santolina (Fingering Weight #1)
16. Simple Baby Hat
If you are looking for more basic baby hat knitting patterns, we have got you covered. The rolled brim on this design is a nice change of pace from the more common ribbed brim, and the nice thing is that it’s even easier to pull off. The pattern is knit from the bottom up in the round using stockinette stitch.
Designer: Alison Williams
Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton (Skinny) (Sport Weight #3)
17. Top-Down Ear Flap Hat
Ear flaps, icord ties, and tassels add infinite adorableness to this solid color baby hat. While it’s shown here in pink, I think this design would work equally well for baby boys because it’s not too frilly. The pattern is knit in the round and the straightforward construction should make it suitable for beginner knitters.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Season Alpaca (Sport Weight #3)
18. Golden Pear Beanie
You can make this cute blended colorblock hat with only 50 yards of yarn in total divided 3 ways. Chances are that you have a few random scraps of worsted weight yarn that will work, so you can raid your stash and skip the trip to the store. The design calls for stranded colorwork and it is knit from the bottom up in the round.
Designer: Sweet Fiber Yarns
Yarn: Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmerino (Worsted Weight #4)
19. Troll Hat
Have you ever seen a troll as cute as these two before? Adding a point to baby hat knitting patterns is an easy and fun way to make your knitting creations unique. The pattern is knit from the bottom up in the round using stockinette stitch. Prepare to receive lots of compliments when the baby wears this hat out and about.
Designer: Gabriela Widmer-Hanke
Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Chunky (Aran Weight #4)
20. Santa Cap Christmas Hat
Celebrate a new baby born in December, or any new baby’s first Christmas with a classic santa hat. This hat would make a great prop for a photoshoot or an excellent accessory for a Christmas party. The classic design features a ribbed brim in white, a stockinette stitch top in red, and a big ol’ fluffy pom pom on top.
Designer: Fox & Pine Stitches
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids (Aran Weight #4)
21. Karina Baby Turban Hat
For baby hat knitting patterns that are more unique, try your hand at this turban style hat! It is much easier to knit than it looks since it is worked flat in back and forth rows with basic stitches. The turban style has gained a lot of popularity lately and it is a really adorable style for cute little babies.
Designer: Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
22. Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat
What do you do when you knit a pair of socks and you have 50-100 yards of sock yarn leftover? You knit this Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat! The straightforward design is the perfect complement to an evening spent binging netflix or listening to the latest true crime podcast. It’s mindless knitting at its finest!
Designer: Knitty Gritty Thoughts
Yarn: JulieSpins MCN 355 (Fingering Weight #1)
23. Swirl Hat
Have you knit anything with a swirled design before? It is surprisingly easy to pull off and it looks great. Try it out with this cute swirl hat that’s knit in the round using just basic knitting stitches. I especially like the combination of the self-striping sock yarn and the swirl design because it looks like ice cream!
Designer: Sheepy Time Knits
Yarn: Sheepy Time Knits Panda Feet (Fingering Weight #1)
24. Berry Baby Hat
Simple purple stockinette stitches yield to a quick stranded colorwork section in this beautiful berry baby hat that’s knit in the round. Finish it off with a knotted icord stem and you’ve got yourself one adorable baby hat! The natural curl of the stockinette stitch makes a lovely rolled brim.
Designer: Random Stitches
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (Worsted Weight #4)
25. Bear Ears and Face Hat
You’ve certainly seen baby hat knitting patterns with bear ears before, but this free knitting pattern takes it one step further with stranded colorwork facial features. The tweed yarn provides a nice rustic touch, and the leather tag on the brim really helps tie everything together. The pattern is knit in the round from the bottom up.
Designer: Fox & Pine Stitches
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids and Loops & Threads Impeccable™ Tweed (Worsted Weight #4)
26. Seed Stitch Newborn Baby Hat
This simple seed stitch (a simple stitch pattern that is alternating knit stitch and purl stitch) makes this hat stand out! It’s sized for newborns and is knit in the round. I used one circular needle and the magic loop method to knit this sweet little hat.
Yarn: Premier Just Yarn Worsted (Worsted weight #4)
I’m a baby cuteness overload over here! I hope you enjoyed all these adorable baby hat knitting patterns. Do you have a favorite one? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Also, feel free to share other baby hat knitting patterns that you have tried and loved.
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