A QUICK AND EASY TODDLER HAT [FREE KNITTING PATTERN]

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A few weeks back I set out to knit Orla a cosy winter hat using some long neglected yarn from my stash (you can see the work in progress here!). Children’s hats are tricky things – on the one hand they need to be warm which to me means real wool but on the other hand they tend to disappear into the ether so they’re not something I want to spend too much money or time on…

This hat was super simple to make and the perfect stash bust. I love the cute pixi shape too and thought I would share the pattern (if you can call it that – it’s so simple!) in case there are any other knitting mamas who need a speedy hat or two now winter is here!

Pixi Hat Knitting Pattern – One size fits most (toddlers)

Thanks to the rib knit the hat has great stretch and return so will hug most little heads snugly – just fold back the wide cuff to get the perfect fit! Unstretched the hat has a circumference of approximately 40 cm Β and is around 28cm long from top to bottom (un-cuffed).

You’ll need…

4 x 6mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge).

Approximately 2 balls of medium weight yarn.

Gauge = 14 stitches to 10 cm on 6 mm needles working in K1P1 rib (this forms the stitch pattern).

To make the hat…

CO 66 stitches, divide equally over 3 DPNs and join to work in the round.

Work in stitch pattern straight for 34 rows (hat should now measure around 20cm in length).

Row 35: Continue in stitch pattern, when you get to the last two stitches on each needle K2tg. 63 stitches remaining.

Repeat for 6 more rows. 45 stitches remaining.

Row 41: K2tg at the beginning and end of each needle.

Repeat row 41 until only one stitch is left. Break the yarn leaving a long tail, thread it through the last stitch, slide it off the needle and pull tight. Weave in the ends, fold back the brim and you’re all done!

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I hope the pattern is easy to follow but if you have any questions just leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer. Are you working on any knits for your tinys at the moment? I’m very tempted to try to re-create this one in newborn size! Matching little pixies – can you imagine?

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