Magic Loop Baby Hat Knitting Pattern – Fun Knitting in the Round
I have become obsessed with magic loop knitting. I only learned of it a couple years ago. And it is the best way to knit in the round in my opinion. And this magic loop baby hat knitting pattern is going to make you addicted too.
There are lots of beautiful baby hat knitting patterns, but very few actually talk about knitting them in magic loop. They still encourage double pointed needles or circular needles. Now I have to tell you that there is not a thing wrong with either of those options. I have knit using them for years and years. But Magic Loop is just more fun! So I do hope you’ll try magic loop with this free magic loop baby hat knitting pattern, but if you are just in love with any other way to knit in the round, then go ahead and use that, just make sure to enjoy this pattern. Have fun!
Simple But Very Beautiful Baby Hat knitting Pattern
This pattern only uses basic stitches but it is a beautiful variation to multiple different other patterns. All of them are beautiful, but this pattern is easy to follow and would be a great take along project because there are no confusing or complex parts.
And remember preemie hats are quick to complete so knit several of them and gift them to your nearby hospital with a preemie unit. The nurses are always so grateful for their babies to have the the little head warmers.
Make this pattern with a soft acrylic baby yarn that is washable. If you use a soft wool blend baby yarn you will probably need to block the hat when complete. But don’t use a wool and then wash it because you’ll end up with a felted hat instead of knit.
The pattern is cute in a solid color or a stripe, our choice. some of each. Just enjoy the process. Magic Loop baby hat knitting pattern for free with the hope you will become a magic loop knitter!
Magic Loop Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
This is a hat meant for a newborn. It is also meant for Magic Loop technique, but if you are uninterested in Magic Loop, you can certainly knit this little hat in the round in any method you prefer. But I do hope you’ll try this magic loop baby hat knitting pattern.
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
Newborn – Cast on 72 and divide stitches in half on the circular needle and be in the start position for starting magic loop. If you are uncertain of how to magic loop or what the start position is. I have written a tutorial on magic looping and you can reference this for help.
For those who would prefer not using magic loop, just join your cast on for circular needles or divide your stitches on your double pointed needles and prepare to knit in the round.
k2, p2 for 8 rounds.
Round 9: knit
Round 10: purl
These two rows (stockinette stitch) make the body, just repeat, one round knit and one round purl until the baby hat measures about 4.75 inches from the ribbing up.
Okay, now you are ready to top it off.
You still have 72 stitches on your needle. The pattern is made of K2tog and ssk, these are left leaning and right leaning decreases which is going to form the crown of your little baby hat.
Rnd 1: repeat across the 72 stitches (k4, k2tog, ssk, k4) – 60 stitches left
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: repeat across the 60 stitches (k3, k2tog, ssk, k3) – 48 stitches left
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: repeat across the 48 stitches (k2, k2tog, ssk, k2) – 36 stitches left
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: repeat across the 36 stitches (k1, k2tog, ssk, k1) – 24 stitches left
Rnd 8: k
Rnd 9: repeat across the 24 stitches (k2tog, ssk) – 12 stitches left
Okay lets pull this all together:
Cut the yarn leaving several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, pulling it to a point. Secure and weave in the end.
Ta Da!! You have just Magic Looped the cutest baby hat knitting pattern. Congratulations! and even if you didn’t magic loop, you still made this little baby hat now get ready for the baby shower, you have a Boss gift to give.