How to Knit an Easy Earflap Hat for a Newborn

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein worsted weight cotton or bamboo yarn
  • Size 6 knitting needles
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.