How to Knit an Easy Earflap Hat for a Newborn

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How to Knit an Easy Earflap Hat for a Newborn
Keep a newborn baby's head warm with an knitted earflap hat. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

An uncomplicated knitted earflap hat can be stitched up for a newborn in no time. Cotton or bamboo yarn will add a soft and delicate texture to the hat that will be a perfect head covering for a tiny baby. A basic knowledge of knitting is required to make the earflap hat, but the pattern is uncomplicated enough for someone new to knitting. This hat will keep a baby's head warm no matter what the weather.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 skein worsted weight cotton or bamboo yarn
  • Size 6 knitting needles
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

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  1. 1

    Cast on 48 stitches with the yarn and knitting needles. Work in knit 1, purl 1 for one inch.

  2. 2

    Knit one row and purl one row until the piece is 3 inches long. Knit two stitches together every knit row three times.

  3. 3

    Cut the yarn with a 24-inch long tail. Thread the tail in the tapestry needle and pull the needle through all the remaining stitches. Gather the stitches tightly and knot the thread. Stitch a seam down the side of the hat. Knot and cut the yarn.

  4. 4

    Cast on 12 stitches with the yarn and knitting needles for an earflap. Knit every row for two rows. Knit two stitches together in each row until only 1 stitch remains. Knot and tie the yarn. Repeat for a second earflap.

  5. 5

    Stitch the earflaps to the bottom edge of the hat, on opposite sides, with the tapestry needle and yarn.

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