Newborn earflap cable beanie knitting pattern. Detailed knitting tutorial with photos.

Easy knitting pattern of earflap cable beanie.

This time I decided to dedicate some time to baby knitting topic and present you a cute earflap beanie knitting pattern for newborns. I hope you will like it as much as me and ready to put it in your favourite knit hat patterns collection or at least bookmark it :))). I’m also sure that your kid, niece or nephew will be feeling warm and comfortable in it, and, of course, will be looking great. There are plenty of free knitting patterns for babies online, but not that many newborn knitting patterns, so if you are one of the happy mothers, aunts or grandmas, then this one is well-worth to consider. First of all, it’s not too difficult to knit if you know how to knit cables. Secondly, due to its small size it shouldn’t take much time to finish it, even one evening might be enough. Ok, less words – more actions, let’s do it!

Attention: please note that this hat was knitted specially for a photo session and cords are knitted for design purpose only. Therefore, don't tie them underneath or finish your item without cords! 

Earflap cable knitted hat SIZE: 0-12 months

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p - purl

p2tog – purl two together

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

selvage stitch  Always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

Cable 3 Back (C3B): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.




Cable 3 Front (C3F): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.




Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 4.5 mm (US 7) for ribbing part. Circular needles 5 mm (US 8) for main part;

<> Yarn – Alize baby wool – 40% wool, 40% acrylic, 20% bamboo. 50 grams = 175 m. (192 yds.). Yarn color – light blue, quantity needed – 2 balls.

<> Tapestry needle

<> Hook 3.5 mm (US E/4)

RIB the earflap cable knitted beanie:

With smaller needles cast on 76 stitches for the beanie. I would suggest to use a bulky yarn, but, unfortunately, I didn’t have it. That’s why I’ve decided to knit in 3 strands of yarn at once. Place the marker for beginning of the round if you are using circular needles.

Round 1: Rib in 2 by 2 *knit 2, purl 2* keep repeating this way 4-5 rounds until length of the ribbing reaches 1.5 cm from the edge.


BODY of the earflap knit hat:

Round 1: 2p, 6k, 4p, 6k, 4p, 6k, 4p, 12k, 4p, 6k, 4p, 6k, 4p, 6k, 2p.

Repeat Round 1 – four more time.

Round 6: 2p, C3B, 4p, C3B, 4p, C3B, 4p, C3B, C3F, 4p, C3F, 4p, C3F, 4p, C3F, 2p.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 three (four) more times. Finish with Round 4.



Using tapestry needle and horizontal invisible seam method sew the hat from the top. 


You can let it stay in the rectangular form as well, if you like.


What I decided to do is to make ears of bear. Simply, wind the yarn around the top corners as it’s been shown on the picture.


Next step is figuring out the place and the number of stitches for earflaps.

I’ve used my old method that is usually working. Divide the total number of stitches (76) into 5 parts. 2/5 – for front part, 1/5 for back part, 1/5 and 1/5 for each earflap.

According to my calculations, the number of stitches that I need to use for the earflap is 76/5 = ~ 15 stitches. I took 12 stitches as I wanted earflaps look smaller.

With a wrong side facing and double pointed knitting needle pick up 12 (15) stitches.

Row 1-2: selvage stitch, purl till the last st, selvage st.

Row 3: selvage st, p2tog, purl till the last 3 stitches, p2tog, selvage st.

Row 4: selvage stitch, purl till the last st, selvage st.

Repeat Rounds 3-4 until you have 3 stitches on the needle. Bind off.



Do not cut the yarn. Now we are going to crochet cords. Chain 20. Back with sc (or hdc). Weave in ends.




Repeat same steps for the second earflap.

Voila, baby hat is ready!

You can also add some last touches by sewing funny buttons, making bear’s eyes and smiley mouth or anything else to personalize your masterpiece. Use your creativity and taste to improve this baby hat knitting pattern.

In case you need some clarifications or more knitting instructions – feel free to live a comment below or send me personal message via contact form.

Baci baci,




6 thoughts on “Newborn earflap cable beanie knitting pattern. Detailed knitting tutorial with photos.

  1. Renee Thanig

    What is the gauge for this pattern

    • annanitato_175

      hello, the gauge is about 20 stitches = 4 inches. A bit hard to say as I was knitting in 3 strands of yarn at once.

  2. Misty

    Is the last set of instructions on round 6 “c4F” correct. This is my first project and following these instructions my cabeling is off..,

    • annanitato_175

      Hey, its C3F, just misprint.
      Sorry for the confusion.

  3. Jemmajm

    Hi if you wanted to make a bigger hat in this style say 12-24 months can you still use this knitting pattern\\\\\\\/ I’m looking for a hat for my mother in law to knit our son, in this sort of style with longer earflaps and pom poms for ears. How could I get hold of this pattern in the right size for her please?

    • annanitato_175

      hey, of course you can use this pattern.
      I dont know head circumference of your son, but you can add extra stitches between cables or make cables bigger (not 6 but 8 stitches). I am sure it will work.

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