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Reversible Double Knit Pixie Baby Hat

Reversible Double Knit Pixie Baby Hat

Knitting any sort of baby items is something that brings me a lot of pleasure. It’s especially true when you can actually try the finished item on a cute 8 months model that can’t really say no to you. I chose to knit a pixie hat this time, cause it also has a unique look and an option to choose the color (in case your baby has a preferred color or if your little explorer left a few greasy fingerprints on one side). Have fun knitting my version of pixie hat for babies.

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Circular Knitting Needles 3.25 mm or 3.5 mm (US 3/UK 10) for the ribbing part and inner layer of the hat and 4 mm (US 6/UK 8) for the main part;

<> Gazzal (baby wool XL) Medium 40% Lana Merino, 20% Cashmere Pa, 40% acrylic. Teal blue and yellow colors: 50 grams -100 m per skein – 1 ball – teal blue and 1 ball -yellow color;

Knit baby pixie hat size:

Baby (6-18 months): 46-50 cm

Gauge: 20 stitches = 10 cm/4 inches in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it's done

pm – place marker

m1r – make 1 right: pick up bar bringing left hand needle from the front to the back, then knit the bar through the back loop.

m1l – make 1 left: pick up bar bringing left hand needle from the back to the front, then knit the bar through the front loop.

How to calculate the right size for baby pixie knit hat:

My 8 months baby head’s circumference is about 45 cm, so I decided to knit a hat with circumference 46 cm (18 inches).

1 cm = 2 sts

46*2 = 92 sts

Add extra 15% of stitches for knitting prolonged ears. 92 sts *15% = 106 sts.

I ended up with finished hat’s circumference slightly bigger than 46 cm. It will be perfect even for 12-18 months baby.

Ribbing part of the knit baby pixie hat:

Using 4 mm knitting needles cast on 106 sts, join to knit in the round. Rib k1, p1 for 4 rounds.

Round 5: knit all stitches.

Round 6: pm, k2tog, k14, pm, k10, pm, k14, skpo, pm, k1, k2tog, k58, skpo, k1.

Round 7: knit all stitches (102 stitches in total).

Round 8: k2tog, k36, skpo, k1, k2tog, k56, skpo, k1.

Round 9: knit all stitches (98 stitches in total).

Round 10: k2tog, k34, skpo, k1, k2tog, k54, skpo, k1.

Round 11: knit all stitches (94 sts).

Round 12: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k52, skpo, k1.

Round 13: knit all stitches (92 sts).

Round 14: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k50, skpo, k1.

Round 15: knit all stitches (90 sts).

Round 16: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k48, skpo, k1.

Round 17: knit all stitches (88 sts).

Round 18: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k46, skpo, k1.

Round 19: knit all stitches (86 sts).

Round 20: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k44, skpo, k1.

Round 21: knit all stitches (84 sts).

Round 22: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k42, skpo, k1.

Round 23: knit all stitches (82 sts).

Knit pixie baby hat - back part

Knit pixie baby hat - back part

Round 24: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k40, skpo, k1.

Round 25: knit all stitches (80 sts).

Round 26: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k38, skpo, k1.

Round 27: knit all stitches (78 sts).

Round 28: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k36, skpo, k1.

Round 29: knit all stitches (76 sts).

Round 30: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k34, skpo, k1.

Round 31: knit all stitches (74 sts).

Round 32: k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo, k1, k2tog, k32, skpo, k1.

Round 33: knit all stitches (72 sts).

Round 34: k2tog, k32, skpo, k1, k2tog, k30, skpo, k1.

Round 35: knit all stitches (68 sts).

Round 36: k2tog, k30, skpo, k1, k2tog, k28, skpo, k1.

Round 37: knit all stitches (64 sts).

Round 38: k2tog, k28, skpo, k1, k2tog, k26, skpo, k1.

Round 39: knit all stitches (60 sts).

Round 40: k2tog, k26, skpo, k1, k2tog, k24, skpo, k1.

Round 41: knit all stitches (56 sts).

Knit pixie baby hat - front part

Knit pixie baby hat - decreases

Round 42: k2tog, k24, skpo, k1, k2tog, k22, skpo, k1.

Round 43: knit all stitches (52 sts).

Round 44: k2tog, k22, skpo, k1, k2tog, k20, skpo, k1.

Round 45: knit all stitches (48 sts).

Round 46: k2tog, k20, skpo, k1, k2tog, k18, skpo, k1.

Round 47: knit all stitches (44 sts).

Round 48: k2tog, k18, skpo, k1, k2tog, k16, skpo, k1.

Round 49: knit all stitches (40 sts).

Round 50: k2tog, k16, skpo, k1, k2tog, k14, skpo, k1.

Round 51: knit all stitches (36 sts).

Round 52: k2tog, k14, skpo, k1, k2tog, k12, skpo, k1.

Round 53: knit all stitches (32 sts).

Round 54: k2tog, k12, skpo, k1, k2tog, k10, skpo, k1.

Round 55: knit all stitches (28 sts).

Round 56: k2tog, k10, skpo, k1, k2tog, k8, skpo, k1.

Round 57: knit all stitches (24 sts).

Round 58: k2tog, k8, skpo, k1, k2tog, k6, skpo, k1.

Round 59: k2tog, k6, skpo, k1, k2tog, k4, skpo, k1.

Round 60: k2tog, k4, skpo, k1, k2tog, k2, skpo, k1.

Cut the yarn, thread through final 12 stitches and pull tight.

upper layer of the knit baby pixie hat

reversible knit hat

Knit inner layer of baby pixie knit hat:

Now change the yarn color and switch to 3.25 or 3.5 mm knitting needles to make your inner hat’s layer smaller than the upper one. Turn the hat inside out and pick up only knit stitches at the very last round of the ribbing (knit stitches on the wrong side are the purl stitches on the right side). Each knit stitch has 2 bars so in total you pick up 53 stitches. (53*2=106 sts).

picking up stitches

knitting inner hat of the pixie hat

picking up stitches for the inner hat

The inner layer of the hat will be knitted in the opposite direction compared to the outer one.

Round 1: pm, k64, pm, k16, pm, k10, pm, k16.

Round 2: k1, k2tog, k58, skpo, k1, k2tog, k38, skpo.

Round 3: knit all stitches (102 sts).

Round 4: k1, k2tog, k56, skpo, k1, k2tog, k36, skpo.

Round 5: knit all stitches (98 sts).

Round 6: k1, k2tog, k54, skpo, k1, k2tog, k34, skpo.

Round 7: knit all stitches (94 sts).

Round 8: k1, k2tog, k52, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 9: knit all stitches (92 sts).

Round 10: k1, k2tog, k50, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 11: knit all stitches (90 sts).

Round 12: k1, k2tog, k48, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 13: knit all stitches (88 sts).

Round 14: k1, k2tog, k46, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 15: knit all stitches (86 sts).

Round 16: k1, k2tog, k44, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 17: knit all stitches (84 sts).

Round 18: k1, k2tog, k42, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 19: knit all stitches (82 sts).

Round 20: k1, k2tog, k40, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 21: knit all stitches (80 sts).

Round 22: k1, k2tog, k38, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 23: knit all stitches (78 sts).

Round 24: k1, k2tog, k36, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 25: knit all stitches (76 sts).

Round 26: k1, k2tog, k34, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 27: knit all stitches (74 sts).

Round 28: k1, k2tog, k32, skpo, k1, k2tog, k11, m1l, k10, m1r, k11, skpo.

Round 29: knit all stitches (72 sts).

Round 30: k1, k2tog, k30, skpo, k1, k2tog, k32, skpo.

Round 31: knit all stitches (68 sts).

Round 32: k1, k2tog, k28, skpo, k1, k2tog, k30, skpo.

Round 33: knit all stitches (64 sts).

Round 34: k1, k2tog, k26, skpo, k1, k2tog, k28, skpo.

Round 35: knit all stitches (60 sts).

Round 36: k1, k2tog, k24, skpo, k1, k2tog, k26, skpo.

Round 37: knit all stitches (56 sts).

Round 38: k1, k2tog, k22, skpo, k1, k2tog, k24, skpo.

Round 39: knit all stitches (52 sts).

Round 40: k1, k2tog, k20, skpo, k1, k2tog, k22, skpo.

Round 41: knit all stitches (48 sts).

Round 42: k1, k2tog, k18, skpo, k1, k2tog, k20, skpo.

Round 43: knit all stitches (44 sts).

Round 44: k1, k2tog, k16, skpo, k1, k2tog, k18, skpo.

Round 45: knit all stitches (40 sts).

Round 46: k1, k2tog, k14, skpo, k1, k2tog, k16, skpo.

Round 47: knit all stitches (36 sts).

Round 48: k1, k2tog, k12, skpo, k1, k2tog, k14, skpo.

Round 49: knit all stitches (32 sts).

Round 50: k1, k2tog, k10, skpo, k1, k2tog, k12, skpo.

Round 51: knit all stitches (28 sts).

Round 52: k1, k2tog, k8, skpo, k1, k2tog, k10, skpo.

Round 53: knit all stitches (24 sts).

Round 54: k1, k2tog, k6, skpo, k1, k2tog, k8, skpo.

Round 55: k1, k2tog, k4, skpo, k1, k2tog, k6, skpo.

Round 56: k1, k2tog, k2, skpo, k1, k2tog, k4, skpo.

Cut the yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches, pull tight.

Tie two crowns together and weave in ends.

Add ties to the baby knit pixie hat

Using 4 mm knitting needles pick up 4 stitches and knit an i-cord until tie reaches 20 cm (8 inches). Weave in ends.

knitting i-cord for the baby knit hat

Sometimes things don’t go the way you plan them, and it turns out that even using smaller needle’s size, hat’s inner layer is bigger than outer one 😊. Yeah, it happens. I was also a bit out of the teal blue color, so I had to finish hat with the yellow one.

Reversible Knit Pixie Baby Hat

Reversible Double Knit Pixie Baby Hat back part

double layer knit pixie hat

reversible knit baby hat

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