>Free pattern: simple lace baby beanie

>Since you all asked so nicely, here’s the pattern for that wee baby hat from a couple of weeks ago:

The original [pink] one was made in 4ply baby yarn [ fingering ] on 3mm needles, and to check the pattern I’ve just remade it in the variegated 8ply[ DK ] on 4mm needles. Either works. The finer yarn yields a large prem/ newborn size and the other yarn works out to about a 3 month size.

There is a minor difference between the two hats – mainly because I didn’t actually LOOK at the first one before starting the second – but trust me it’s not that important.

Okay, okay, if you look really closely, each band in the small hat has 3 sets of eyelets and the larger one has 4 sets. The row count is the same though because I did 2 rows of stocking / stockinette in each band on the small hat before starting the eyelets.
As written, these directions are for the version with four rows of eyelets.

Simple Lace Baby Beanie

to fit 3 months

yarn – 8 ply / DK approx 90 metres

gauge: 22 st to 4 inches over stocking/stockinette

needles 4mm

cast on 82 st
Rows 1-3: knit [ row 1 is wrong side ]
Row 4: k2*,y fwd, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, y fwd,k2, repeat from * to end
Row 5: k1, p to last st, k1
Rows 6 – 11: repeat rows 4 and 5 [ 3 times ]
Row 12: repeat row 5
Row 13: knit

repeat rows 4 – 13 once
repeat rows 4 – 11 once

Row 32: k2tog, k to last 2 st, k2tog [ 80 st ]
Row 33: knit
Row 34:* k2tog, k8, repeat from* to end
Row 35 and alt rows: knit
Row 36:* k2tog, k7, repeat from * to end
Row 38:* k2tog, k6, repeat from * to end

continue decreasing in this manner until there are 8 stitches remaining
next row: k2 tog across row

cut yarn at least 16″ long and thread through the 4 remaining stitches, pull up tight, fasten off and use remaining yarn to sew side seam.

for personal and charity use c. 2008 Susan Iacuone


13 thoughts on “>Free pattern: simple lace baby beanie

  1. Jack says:

    >They are lovely Susan. If only someone would yield a girl so I could make one. I might have to make one for the charity bag just to give it a go!

  2. Sara says:

    >Oh, thank you so much – I was just going to sit down and find a pattern – cause I promised to knit a couple little hats for the premies at the hospital!!!

  3. >Another amazing pattern! And you just give ’em away. You are really too good to us…But we appreciate it! Thanks!!!

  4. Sarah says:

    >those are precious! Can I link to them for the preemie contest?

  5. catsmum says:

    >of course Sarah – go right ahead. That’s what they’re there for – to be used ]

  6. nittineedles says:

    >My daughter is due to have her little girl in eight days. Your hat is just what I was looking for. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    >can anyone please tell me what ssk is in the knitting patternthankssandy

  8. catsmum says:

    >Sandy ssk means slip slip knit and there are many explanations [ with pictures ] on the internet if you google itbut you can substitute ‘ slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over’ because it’s almost the same.

  9. Lily says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I’ve been looking for a pretty hat to knit on two needles : – ) So many are to make in the round. Thanks again from a Nanna to be! X

  10. Lily says:

    Thank you for sharing, look forward to knitting one very soon!

  11. Maria Farley says:

    Thank you for this pattern. I knit newborn hats for the PURPLE Crying Period project and this one is perfect. I modified the pattern to knit in the round, using a sport weight yarn on 3.25 mms (US 3), and got a newborn size (larger than preemie). It turned out beautifully!

  12. Susan Hu says:

    To Knit in the Round:
    CO 80 st
    Setup Rs 1-3: K [ R 1 is WS ]
    Join, PM-large.
    R 4 6 8 10: *YO, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, YO, k2, PM *.
    R 5 7 9 11 12 13: K.
    rep Rs 4 – 13 once
    rep Rs 4 – 11 once
    R 32-33: K.
    then R 34 on is the same.

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