This time I decided to dedicate some time to a baby knitting topic and present you a cute newborn baby hat with ear flaps. I hope you will like it as much as me :). 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 knitting patterns for babies, but not that many for newborns, so if you are one of the happy mothers, aunts or grandmas, then this one is well-worth pattern to consider. First of all, it’s not too difficult to make 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 made for a photo session and cords are knitted for design purpose only. Therefore, don’t tie them underneath baby’s head or finish your item without cords!
Cable knit baby hat size:
Size: 0-12 months
Gauge: 15 stitches = 4 inches
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
Note for knitters:
Knit with three strands of yarn at once.
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 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)
Cable knit baby hat pattern with ear flaps
Ribbing of the cable knit baby hat with ear flaps:
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 cable knit baby hat with ear flaps:
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 with earflaps. Check out also my other baby hat knitting pattern in the gradient color and with earflaps.
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.