Animal baby hat knitting pattern

These easy baby hats by Rosee Woodland are so adorable you'll want to knit all six!

Easy baby hat knitting pattern for beginners UK

How could you possibly resist casting on one of these gorgeous baby hat knitting patterns for a tot you know? Make one and you’ll probably find yourself making all six! There’s a chick, cat, dinosaur, bear, bunny and piglet to choose from, and they were designed by Rosee Woodland for Simply Knitting issue 76.

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Rosee’s easy baby hat pattern is ideal for beginners who are learning how to knit in the round. If you’re new to using DPNs, these little hats are great for practising your skills on! For a perfect result, remember to pull the first and last stitch on each double-pointed needle more tightly, to avoid unsightly ‘ladders’ appearing at the joins between the needles.

Very young children often have sensitive skin, so it’s important to use a yarn that won’t irritate them. We chose Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK as it’s beautifully soft and machine washable. Each design comes in four sizes, from birth to two years, so why not knit a few as a sweet gift for a new baby? And don’t forget to check out our children’s knitting patterns for more great ideas for baby knits!

Although I think the rabbit is probably the cutest, the piglet is actually my favourite just because it makes me giggle.
Designer Rosee Woodland

To knit this baby hat you need:

  • Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK (100% extra fine Merino, 50g/116m) and Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% extra fine Merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere, 50g/116m). See quantities below
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  • A set of 3½mm double-pointed needles
  • A set of 4mm double-pointed needles
  • A small amount of toy stuffing
  • Two stitch markers
  • A darning needle

Chick baby hat

Sublime, Extra Fine Merino DK, 1 ball each of Limone 203 (or Sunday 349) and Red Hot 167

Bear baby hat

Sublime, Extra Fine Merino DK, 1 ball each of Biscuit 006 (or Caramel 376) and Alabaster 003

Dino baby hat

Sublime, Extra Fine Merino DK, 1 ball each of Red Hot 167 and Blueberry Pie 229 (or Black Cherry 364)

Cat baby hat

Sublime, Extra Fine Merino DK, 1 ball each of Black 013 and Alabaster 003

Bunny baby hat

Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 1 ball each of Vanilla 003 and Piglet 001

Piglet baby hat

Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 1 ball each of Cheeky 048 and Rosy 126 (or Little Piggy 358)

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You’ll find our standard knitting abbreviations used in this pattern.

Tension

Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 24 sts and 30 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles

Basic hat

Cast on 68 (72: 80: 88) sts in MC on 3½mm needles and join to knit in the round. Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Sizes 0-3 & 3-6 only

Rounds 1-4 (Knit 2, purl 2) to end.

Round 5 Switch to CC and continue rib.

Rounds 6-9 Switch back to MC and continue rib.

Sizes 6-12 & 1-2 only

Rounds 1-5 (Knit 2, purl 2) to end.

Round 6 Switch to CC and continue rib.

Rounds 7-12 Switch back to MC and continue rib.

All sizes

Change to 4mm needles. Knit 14 (18: 21: 24) rounds.

Size 0-3 only

Round 24 [(K4, k2tog) twice, K3, k2tog] 4 times. [56 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 27 [(K3, k2tog) twice, K2, k2tog] 4 times. [44 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 30 [(K2, k2tog) twice, K1, k2tog] 4 times. [32 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 33 [(K1, k2tog) twice, k2tog] 4 times. [20 sts]

Knit 1 round.

Round 35 [(K2tog) twice, K1] 4 times. [12 sts]

Break off yarn, thread through sts and fasten off.

Size 3-6 only

Round 28 (K4, k2tog) 12 times. [60 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 31 (K3, k2tog) 12 times. [48 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 34 (K2, k2tog) 12 times. [36 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 37 (K1, k2tog) 12 times. [24 sts]

Knit 1 round.

Round 39 K2tog 12 times. [12 sts]

Break off yarn, thread through stitches and fasten off.

Size 6-12 only

Round 33 (K6, k2tog) 10 times. [70 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 36 (K5, k2tog) 10 times. [60 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 39 (K4, k2tog) 10 times. [50 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 42 (K3, k2tog) 10 times. [40 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 45 (K2, k2tog) 10 times. [30 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 48 (K1, k2tog) 10 times. [20 sts]

Knit 1 round.

Round 50 K2tog 10 times. [10 sts]

Break off yarn, thread through stitches and fasten off.

Size 1-2 only

Row 36 (K6, k2tog) 11 times. [77 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Row 39 (K5, k2tog) 11 times. [66 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Row 42 (K4, k2tog) 11 times. [55 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Row 45 (K3, k2tog) 11 times. [44 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Row 48 (K2, k2tog) 11 times. [33 sts]

Knit 2 rounds.

Row 51 (K1, k2tog) 11 times. [22 sts]

Knit 1 round.

Row 53 (K2tog) 11 times. [11 sts]

Break off yarn, thread through sts and fasten off.

Ears for Bunny Baby Hat

Make two in MC with 4mm needles.

Make two in CC with 3½mm needles.

Cast on 9 sts.

Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end.

Row 2 Sl 1, knit to end.

Row 4 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts]

Row 6 As row 2.

Row 8 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts]

Row 10 As row 2.

Row 12 As row 2.

Row 14 As row 2.

Row 16 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts]

Row 18 As row 2.

Row 20 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts]

Row 22 As row 2.

Row 24 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts]

Row 26 As row 2.

Row 28 Sl 1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1. [5 sts]

Row 30 SSK, K1, K2tog. [3 sts]

Row 31 Sl 1, P2tog, PSSO. Fasten off remaining stitch.

Ears for Piglet Baby Hat

Make two in MC with 4mm needles.

Make two in CC with 3½mm needles.

Cast on 9 sts.

Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end.

Row 2 Sl 1, knit to end.

Row 4 As row 2.

Row 6 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts]

Row 8 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts]

Row 9 Sl 1, knit to end.

Row 10 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts]

Row 12 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts]

Row 14 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts]

Row 16 Sl 1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1. [5 sts]

Row 18 SSK, K1, K2tog. [3 sts]

Row 19 Sl 1, P2tog, PSSO.

Fasten off remaining stitch.

Ears for Bear Baby Hat

Make two in MC with 4mm needles.

Make two in CC with 3½mm needles.

Cast on 9 sts.

Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end.

Row 2 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts]

Row 4 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts]

Rows 6 & 8 Sl 1, knit to end.

Row 10 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts]

Row 12 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts]

Row 14 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts]

Row 15 Sl 1, cast off purlwise.

Triangle head pieces for Chick, Cat & Dino Baby Hats

Chick Using CC, make one in large size, and two small.

Cat Using MC, make two in large size.

Dino Using CC, make three in large size.

Cast on 20 (24) sts using 3½mm DPNs and join to knit in the round.

Knit 4 rounds, placing markers at sts 1 and 11 (13).

Row 5 K1, SSK, K4 (6), k2tog, K2, SSK, K4 (6), k2tog, K1 [16 (20) sts]

Row 6 Knit.

Row 7 K1, SSK, K2 (4), k2tog, K2, SSK, K2 (4), k2tog, K1. [12 (16) sts]

Row 8 Knit.

Small size only

Row 9 K1, SSK, k2tog, K2, SSK, k2tog, K1 [8 sts]

Large size only

Row 9 K1, SSK, K2, k2tog, K2, SSK, K2, k2tog, K1 [12 sts]

Row 10 Knit.

Row 11 K1, SSK, k2tog, K2, SSK, k2tog, K1. [8 sts]

Graft remaining 8 sts together to form a triangular shape.

To make up

Sew in ends of hat.

For Bunny, Bear and Piglet ears, sew wrong sides together using MC yarn. Turn right sides out and lightly stuff with toy stuffing. Block gently. Pin in place on hat using image as a guide. Sew front to hat using CC and back to hat using MC.

For Cat, Dino and Chick, block appendages gently and stuff firmly. Pin in place on hat using image as a guide. Sew to hat using CC.

Enjoyed knitting this animal baby hat pattern? You might also like this sweet and snuggly premature baby hat knitting pattern designed in extra-small sizes for tiny babies. Whip one up as a special gift for a new parent using the softest machine-washable yarn from your stash. You could even make a few to donate to a neonatal charity or your local maternity unit!

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