Hats for Newborns

Because it feels like a new baby enters my circle of friends and family about every two minutes, it's pretty hectic trying to welcome each one with a hand knit gift. And although I'm short on time and long on babies, I would hate to give new parents the impression that I whipped some yarn into something vaguely wearable and oh-by-the-way-congratulations-about-the-baby. In other words, I'm in serious need of a quick, but exquisite baby gift.

Nothing's quicker than a hat, but how to convey that this is no ordinary hat? Easy, choose an extraordinary yarn! Purl Soho's Line Weight is instantly special with its simple purity and understated beauty. A single ply, soft and cozy merino, it is as light as a feather and as soft as a kitten. Plus, the almost 500 yard skeins mean that I'm all set for the next round of babies!

Pick up both skeins of Line Weight in these timeless and delicate grays with our Yarn for Line Weight Hats for Newborns kit. Or browse our whole collection of Line Weight to pick the color scheme that's right for the babies in your life! -Whitney


Get both skeins in one place with our Yarn for Line Weight Hats for Newborns kit. It includes...

  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino, in the Storm Gray (Color A, right) and Oyster Gray (Color B, left). This is enough yarn for ten hats!

You will also need...


8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch


Finished Circumference: 13 1/2 inches


Garter Brim Hat

With Color A, cast on 108 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: Purl.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times.

Next Round: Purl.

Change to Color B and knit every round until the piece measures 4 inches from the cast on edge.

The Crown

Round 1: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (96 stitches)

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (84 stitches)

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (72 stitches)

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (60 stitches)

Round 8: Knit.

Changing to double pointed needles...

Round 9: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (36 stitches)

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 14: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)

Round 15: Repeat Round 14. (6 stitches)

With Color A...

Round 16: Repeat Round 14. (3 stitches)

Arrange the remaining 3 stitches onto one needle.

Knit a 2 inch I-cord. (For help, visit our I-Cord Tutorial here.)

Bind off, cut the yarn, and pull the tail through the remaining stitch.

To form the top loop, bring the tail to the inside of the hat, pulling the very tip of the I-cord along with it. As you weave in the tail, sew the I-cord tip to the inside of the hat.

Weave in the rest of the ends and gently block the hat.

Roll Brim Hat

With Color A, cast on 108 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Knit every round until the piece measures 4 3/8 inches from the unrolled cast on edge (4 inches from it rolled).

Work the Crown section of the Garter Brim Hat (above) through Round 15. (6 stitches)

Cut the yarn, and sew it through the remaining 6 stitches.

With Color B, use a Pom Pom Maker to make a pom pom. I used the smallest Susan Bates template and made the pom pom quite sparse so it wouldn't be too heavy on the hat.

Bring each tail of the pom pom to the inside of the hat through a different hole. Tie a knot with the tails and weave them in.

Weave in the rest of the ends and gently block.

Striped Hat

With Color A, cast on 108 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 six more times.

**With Color B, knit 2 rounds.

With Color A, knit 2 rounds.

Repeat from ** until piece measures 4 inches from the cast on edge, ending with the first round of either color. (For help with knitting stripes, check out the Knitting Stripes in the Round tutorial right here.)

Maintaining the stripe pattern, work the Crown section of the Garter Brim Hat (above) through Round 15. (6 stitches)

Cut the yarn, and sew it through the remaining 6 stitches.

Weave in the ends and gently block.

29 Responses to Hats for Newborns

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  1. Nizzy says:

    What lovely little hats and cozy looking yarn! I must try out both of these one day.

    - Nizzy

  2. sylvia walker says:

    The cord hat has a knit band, but your instructions say knit row, then purl row, that is stocking stitch. Don't get instructions for these hats!

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Sylvia-

    These hats are knit in the round so you're not dealing with rows but with rounds. The "knit band" that you refer to is actually a section of garter stitch. When knitting in the round garter stitch is created by knitting 1 round and then purling 1 round. If you give it a shot you'll see what we mean!

    Please let us know if you have any other questions!



  4. sylvia walker says:

    Oh I see sorry, but I've never knitted in the round before, only with two needles. Will have to give this a try & see how it works out. Is it easy to knit in the round?

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Sylvia-

    Knitting in the round is easy but it can take some getting used to! Have someone show you the basics in person or try searching for videos online to get started.

    Thank you!


  6. carole says:

    how can I make this larger for a toddler

  7. Angela says:

    These hats are so cute. Would there be any possibility of making them for 6months or a size one. We could even use your merino,

  8. Angie Acker says:

    I can't wait to use this yarn! Any suggestions on how many stitches to cast on for a pair of matching newborn leg warmers? Or would this yarn even work for them? Thanks!

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Angela and Carole

    Thank you for the suggestion. We'll keep the idea of sizing this pattern up in mind for next year!

    Thank you!


    ps- In the meantime you might want to check out this previous hat pattern. It comes in baby, toddler and child sizes!:

  10. Mary says:

    So I clicked on the link for the #2 12" circular needles, and you don't list 12". Are they out of stock?

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Mary-

    Yes, we out at the moment. If you'd like to be emailed when they come back in stock please drop us a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com



  12. Cussot says:

    I really like the look of the Line Weight colour LOAM. But I need help – what should I use as a stripe with the LOAM?

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Cussot-

    I think dark Loam would look beautiful with, storm gray, oyster gray, or heirloom white. They would all be very classic and have a bit more contrast than the examples we made.

    Thank you!


  14. Nina says:

    Any chance there is modification for adult sizes? I'd be proud to wear the stripe or garter rimmed.

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Nina-

    we don't have plans to adapt this pattern to an adult size at the moment. But please check out our gallery of hat patterns… perhaps you'll find something you like!

    Thank you!


  16. Kat says:

    These hats are so adorable! I have completed the garter brim hat and it came out so well! I have started the cute striped hat but am running into a problem (a problem I have had before when working a pattern in the round) – my stripes do not join perfectly at the seam. They appear to be one off. Is this at all avoidable? Is there an easy way to fix this or go about it differently? I am a self taught amateur so please forgive me if this is a silly question….

  17. Diana says:

    These baby hats are adorable!
    Coudl I make them with two neeldes instead of cicular ones?? following the same instructions ???

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Kat,

    Not a silly question at all! The basic answer is that you're not doing anything wrong. Stripes in the round do naturally create a "jog" at the "seam" because you're actually knitting in a spiral.

    There is a common solution to this what-some-consider problem called the "jogless jog", a term that is very searchable on the internet. I choose to just accept the jog as a thing that happens when you knit stripes in the round!

    By the way, here is a link to our Stripes in the Round Tutorial, in case you have more questions on the subject:

    Thanks so much for your question and please let us know if you have more!


  19. purl bee says:

    Hi Diana,

    Sure, if you have a technique that you're comfortable with that uses two circular to knit in the round instead of one, then go for it!

    Thanks for asking and good luck!


  20. Kate says:

    Whitney I just love all of the newborn knitted hats you do, however unfortunately I only crochet. Is there any chance you could look at doing a crochet version for us? Just adore your work and thank you for sharing it.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Hi there,

    I'd like to start on this hat, but have #2 circular needles with a 16-inch cord. This is my first hat, so I'm not sure if this will work with the 16-inch instead of the suggested 12-inch.

    Also, I'm used to working with much bulkier yarn weights. Do you have any suggestions for working with the line weight?


  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Jennifer-

    Unfortunately this will not work with the 16-inch long needle because the hat is too small to fit around that length. You could do the entire hat on double pointed needles, which you need in addition to the 12-inch circular needles anyway.

    The line weight is certainly a lot thinner than what it sounds like you're used to but it's very easy to work with. My only advice would be to make sure you're getting the correct gauge before you get started.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions!


  23. Emily says:

    Hi there,

    So, first of all, I love your line weight. It's beautiful. I'm excited to be knitting with it, but here's the thing– I've tried using it for both the Boyfriend Hat (I think that's what its called) and the baby hat and my gauge is off every time (I keep trying). Right now I've cast on for the striped baby hat and, with a US2 needle, both the ribbing and the stockinette are super open, not nice and tight like the one in your picture. Similar problem with the grownup hat. Help? What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you,


  24. purl bee says:

    Hi Emily-

    It doesn't sound like you're doing any thing wrong, The needle size listed in any pattern is always just a suggestion. You should use whatever size needles you need to achieve the correct gauge. I (Molly) am a very loose knitter so I usually go down two needle sizes to get the correct gauge.

    (Also, be sure that you are measuring how many stitches you are getting per inch and not just going by the look of the stitches. The correct gauge for this pattern is 8 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.)

    It sounds like you should try using smaller needles (like a US 1), and if that doesn't work you might try wrapping your working yarn around your index finger to keep a tighter gauge as you go.

    Thanks for getting in touch and good luck with the project!


  25. PattyM says:

    These hats are precious and this yarn is delightful! I just finished the garter brim hat in oyster gray and ice blue. It knits up quickly and easily with great instructions. The link to the i-cord is also very helpful! The pattern and yarn were suggested to me during a recent trip to your shop. I'll be using the remaining yarn to make a newborn sweater. Thank you for your guidance and help!

  26. Courtney says:

    I just finished the striped hat for my newborn nephew, but now am dying to make a matching one for my 2 yr old. Could you suggest how to modify the size to fit her?

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Courtney,

      You should measure your two year old’s head and subtract an inch or two from that measurement, giving you x. Multiply x by your gauge (in this pattern, the gauge is 8), giving you y. Round y up or down to the nearest multiple of 9 and cast on that number.

      You will also need to knit the body of hat a couple of more inches before you start the crown.

      That’s it! Please let us know if you run into any problems along the way and thank you for your question!


  27. Abigayle says:

    Hi! I am about halfway through the garter brim hat… It looks beautiful, except the brim is curling up on itself… Is that something I’ll fix with blocking once it’s off the needles, or am I doing something wrong??


    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Anigayle-

      The Garter Brim hat should not be curling (the Roll Brim hat will curl however). Please make sure that you are knitting one round and then purling one round for the garter section of the hat. If I am misunderstanding your question please feel free to send us a snapshot of the hat and we can try to figure out what’s going on: purlbee AT purlsoho DOT com.

      Thank you!


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