How to Knit a Hat
Nothing is cuter than a sweet little knit hat on a toddlers head. As a beginner knitter, you'll be shocked at just how easy it is to knit a hat. And the best part is, toddlers love wearing these soft hats on cold days!
This pattern is a great for fall gifts and holiday presents for the toddlers in your life. With just 1 skein of wool you can whip up two hats!
You'll find this pattern is super easy to do as a beginner, it's in the round like the rest of my favourite beginner projects AND it's the quickest pattern I've posted to date.
THIS, my beginner knitting friend, is your next project!
LEARN WHY CIRCULAR NEEDLES ARE EASIER TO KNIT WITH
I love knitting on circular needles for so many reasons. The most important one is there’s less of a chance I’ll loose one in the couch or the toddlers will run away with it when I’m not looking.
Circular needles can easily be used to knit lay flat projects like blankets, dishcloths, and scarves.
CHILD KNIT HAT PATTERN
For this patter, you’ll need to be able to do the following knitting skills to complete this toddler hat.
Circular Needles to knit in the round
Knit 2 Together
Toddler (fits 17-19″) : 40 yds
9 mm (US 13) 16 inches Circular Bamboo Knitting Needle
FREE KNITTED HAT PATTERN FOR TODDLERS:
STEP ONE: Cast on 42 stitches
STEP TWO: Join in the round
STEP THREE: Rows 1-5: K1,P1
STEP FOUR: Rows 6-20: Straight Knit
STEP FIVER: 21: Knit 5, K2 Together *
R22: Knit 4, Knit 2Together*
R23: Knit 3, Knit 2Together*
R24: Knit 2, Knit 2Together*
R25: K, K2tog *
R 26: K2tog *
Bind off and sew shut
STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR KNITTING A TODDLER HAT
Cast on 42 stitches onto your circular needles. Make a slip knot then knit that knot and add the stitch on the same needle instead of transferring to the opposite needle.
Join in the round by making your first knit stitch the original slip knot stitch from when you casted on.
It's important to make sure that your yarn and and stitches aren't twisted. I do this by checking at all the casted on stitches are facing the floor and my needles and stitch bumps are on the top of the needles.
Place a marker on your first stitch as a reference.
Now you'll be knitting the bottom of the hat upwards, starting with the brim in a knit 1 purl 1 ridge.
Once you've stitched 5 rounds of K1,P1 and you've hit your marker then straight til until you have 20 rows.
At this time you can now transfer your knitting to double pointed needles. Honestly, this isn't my favourite thing to do, especially as a beginner knitter so I skip it and keep going on the circular needles.
For the last couple of rounds, it will get tighter so you have to physically move your stitches around and pull the cord part of the circular needle out of the way.
At this time when you start decreasing, (knitting 2 together) you'll be working toward the closing off of the hat.
Finish the rows then slide the last few stitches onto a darning needle and opposite colour yarn. Flip the hat inside out and stitch shut. Use your darning needle to thread in your tails and you've knitted yourself a toddler hat!
Now go place it on a cute little toddlers head and tell them to say “CHEESE!”
Go ahead and tag me @wanderinghoofranch I can't wait to see your first toddler hat!
Something tells me this won't be your only one!
OTHER KNIT PATTERNS
Do you want to learn how to knit a baby blanket? Then this simple beginners baby blanket pattern is for you! It’s super simple for a beginner knitter and can be made just in time for a baby shower, christening or Christmas Gift.
Knitting a dishcloth is a perfect project for a beginner knitter. Check out this free knitted dishcloth pattern our Oma uses over and over again. Traditionally it’s known as the grandmothers dishcloth pattern. Learn it now to impress your own grandmother
COWL KNIT PATTERN
In just one evening, or short road trip you can easily hand knit a cozy cowl scarf for yourself or others as a perfect gift for children, women & men. This knit cowl scarf pattern is knit in the round using a knit and purl stitch.
Dish cloths are the best way to use up a stash of cotton yarn. Go ahead and plan this project out using our Yarn Stash Project Planner and you’ll be through that stash in no time!
Pst. Don’t have yarn, I’m sure your grandmother has some stashed away somewhere.