How to Knit a Baby Hat With Double Pointed Needles

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How to Knit a Baby Hat With Double Pointed Needles
Knit a hat to keep baby warm in the winter. (stricken image by Jens Erdmann from

Beginning knitters usually start by learning to knit dishcloths or scarves. While these can be entertaining for a while, you may feel ready to branch out in your knitting and try knitting a hat. To knit a hat for a baby, double-pointed needles (DPNs) allow you to knit the hat in the round, so you won't have to sew seams. They also come in a variety of sizes to match any type of yarn you might wish to use for the hat.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Double-pointed knitting needles (DPNs)
  • Scissors
  • Large-eye blunt needles

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    Cast on your stitches. To knit with DPNs, you cast on all of your stitches on one needle and then divide those stitches onto two more needles. For an average baby-sized hat, use baby-weight yarn and size US-3 needles, and cast on 70 stitches. Divide those stitches among two more needles; slip the stitches onto the new needles so that you have 25, 25, and 20 stitches on each of the three needles. To join the round, slip the first stitch off of its needle and move it to the adjacent; slip the last stitch off this needle and move it to the other needle. needles.

  2. 2

    Knit the brim of the hat in one-to-one ribbing; knit one, purl one around the hat. Continue in this pattern for 1 inch. When you knit in the round, you knit into the knit stitches and purl into the purl stitches; this is the opposite of what is done when knitting flat.

  3. 3

    Knit the body of the hat in stockinet stitch. Switch to knitting every stitch around for approximately 40 rounds.

  4. 4

    Decrease for the top of the hat. Knit eight stitches, then knit two stitches together. Repeat this pattern around for a total of seven decreases made. Knit the next round evenly (knit every stitch). Then decrease again; knit six stitches and then knit two together. Continue in this pattern; one regular round and one decrease round. When you are left with fewer than 10 stitches on your needles, stop.

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    Cut your working yarn into a 15-inch tail. Thread this tail onto a large-eye blunt needle, and thread it through the remaining stitches. Slide those stitches off the knitting needles and pull the yarn tight to close the top of the hat. Stitch the yarn into the inside of the hat, weave it through a few stitches, then tie a knot and cut the excess yarn.

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