Sometimes the littlest ones (and even the bigger ones) need hats to stay warm – even here in Haiti!
Knitting hats “in-the-round” is easier than it looks with circular needles. Be creative with different yarns and patterns – whether it be plain, multi-color stripes or by adding knitted flower embellishments.
This is a simple pattern for a rolled brimmed hat:
size 7 circular needles
size 7 double pointed needles(DPN’s) (5 inch, need 4)
your favorite yarn
a large blunt needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends
40 stitches for ‘newborn’ size hat
50 stitches for ‘baby’ size hat
80 stitches for ‘adult’ size hat
Knit first row and join the ends making sure your work is not twisted. Place marker at beginning of round.
Knit rows for approximately 4 inches (3.5 for newborn, more for adult)
Begin decreasing stitiches;
knit 5, bind off last so you have 4. Repeat 10 times. You should be back at the beginning. Knit next row.
Knit 4, bind off last so you have 3. Repeat 10 times. Knit next row. Switch to DPNs.
Knit 3, bind off last so you have 2. Repeat 10 times. Knit next row.
Knit 2, bind off last so you have 1. Repeat 10 times.
You should have 10 stitches on needles. Cut off yarn about 6 inches from work. use needle to draw yarn back through all stitches, and pull closed. Weave in ends.
If you’re a visual learner, here is a tutorial and video for a similar knitting pattern “in-the-round” with double pointed needles (DPN’s). Adjust your needle size and cast-on stitches as needed.