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Molly's Sketchbook: Super Simple Super Soft Merino Baby Hat

Although I know how to knit, I tend to be all talk and no action. I’m great at buying yarn and casting on, but I’m also quite good at abandoning my projects before they’re done. But with everyone at the Purl Bee creating such amazing projects with our new Super Soft Merino (like these great hats and this awesome cowl), I was beginning to feel a little left out!

I knew I wanted to get in on the Super Soft Merino action, but I certainly didn’t want another partnerless mitten or half-finished sweater. With winter here and a new baby to keep warm, I decided I could probably manage a simple baby hat, as long as it was really easy. This pattern fits the bill!

The Super Simple Super Soft Merino Baby Hat is truly the easiest hat you will ever knit. The yarn’s chunky weight makes it quick, and its vivid range of colors makes it fun. It also happens to make the softest, fluffiest pom poms so I added one to the top! I had such a good time making mine that I ended up knitting two versions in as many nights. I was so proud of myself! The short version just covers the ears, while the tall version can be worn cuffed up and trim or unfolded and a little floppy. -Molly

The Materials

The Pattern


4 stitches = 1 inch in 1 X 1 rib (unstretched)

Finished Sizes

16 inches in circumference (stretched) and 6 1/2 (8 ¼) inches tall to fit babies up to 1 year 


With the Main Color, loosely cast on 44 stitches.

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

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

Repeat Round 1 until hat measures 6 ½ (8 ¼) inches from cast on edge.

Cut the yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull the tail firmly and bring it to the inside of the hat. Tie a knot on the inside to secure it closed.

With the Contrast Color, make the pom pom maker’s larger size pom pom (1 5/8-inches). Need help? Check out our Pom Pom Tutorial here! 

Now bring the pom pom tails to the inside of the hat, tie a knot and weave in the ends.

Weave in the rest of your ends and you’re done!

Reader Comments (64)

What a treat to see this beautiful baby wearing these adorable hats. I think I can even manage this project once I stop smiling over the pictures.
December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosie
the hate is cute, the baby ADORABLE, but where did you find that supercool sweater?
December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterramona
Did you do any decreasing? Very cute btw!
December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercheryl
I love knitting in the round on circular needles, and have a sweet baby niece who would look adorable in one of these easy-to-make hats. Thanks for the project!
December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter{gemmifer}
There is something missing in the patern... After knitting for6 1/2 inches what isthe decrease ... ??

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsa
Hi Isa-

There are no decreases! You just pull the stitches together after threading the tail through them.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

December 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Cheryl-

No decreases- it really is as easy as pie!


December 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Ramona-

The jacket is from Makie:


December 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is the Oyster Gray available in the NYC store??
It doesn't appear to be listed on the website.

Thanks in advance!
December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Hi Kim-

Unfortunately it's sold out at the store as well. We are expecting a shipment in early January. If you'd like to be informed when it comes in please drop us a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com

Thank you!

December 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a great pattern! Quick question, is there enough yarn in the one skein to do the hat and the pom pom in the same color?

Thank You!~Dona
December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDona
Hi Dona-

Yes one skein is enough for an entire hat (of either length) and pom pom.


December 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! Do you pull out the needle before you thread it or thread while needle is on? Thanks!
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi Amy-

You thread the needle through the stitches one by one as you take them off the needle.

Thank you for your question!

December 14, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! It says to follow pattern until it measures 6 1/2 (8 1/4) inches from cast on edge...what does the 8 1/4 mean? Thanks!
December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam
Hi Sam-

The numbers inside of the parenthesis are for the larger size. If you'd like to knit the shorter version you'll knit until it measures 6 1/2-inches or if you want the longer hat you will knit until it measures 8 1/4-inches.

Thank you for your question!

December 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This was a perfect project. I haven't had time to get back to my creative pursuits since my son was born. This was just what I needed. I was able to make this adorable hat for our trip North in about a day. Thanks for such a lovely project!
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyndsay
I knitted this, but perhaps the yarn was too thick and it will not close at the top like a drawstring, there is still a gap, no matter how tight I pull the yarn. Any suggestions for decrease? Thank you!
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRisa
Hi Risa-

There will be a small gap, a little open circle, but it gets covered up by the pom pom.


December 20, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there,

Gorgeous little hat! What cast on method do you use for this particular project? Thanks :-)

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel
Hi Mel-

I used a long tail cast on.

Thanks for your question!

December 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I LOVE this little hat! I made one in 2 hours with the left over yarn to match the bulky baby blanket i just finished!
December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine
Hi - this is adorable - both your model and the hat! I'm a super-novice, so this may be a silly question... If I want to make a larger hat for my almost three year old, any chance you know if one skein would still be enough? I've never knit in the round before, but this is worth trying!
January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie
Hi Stacie-

One skien will still be enough! I just made one for myself and I just barely went into a second skein (and I'm a lot bigger than a 3 year old.)

This will be a perfect first knitting in the round project!

Thanks for your question.

January 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this hat and would like to make it for my son, he's 10 so how many stitches should I cast on?
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Will super pink available in the near future online?
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSze Sze
Hi Sze Sze-

Yes, the pink is on order. If you'd like to be emailed when it comes in please email us at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com.

Thank you!

January 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Kelly-

I would try casting on 54 stitches for a child size.

Thank you for your question!

January 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
You said you made one for yourself---how many stitches did you cast on?

Thank you!
January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErika
Hi Erika-

I cast on 66 stitches.

Thanks for the question!

January 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
is the gauge really 4.5 st=1 in? The math seems wonky.
January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermonica
Hi monica-

You're right! I have changed the gauge in the pattern above. Thanks so much for pointing it out and sorry for the confusion!

January 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a cute, simple hat! I'm not great at knitting (I'm more of a crocheter), but I'd love to tackle one of these. A friend of mine is going through a difficult pregnancy and her baby girl is likely going to only be around 4 or 5 pound when she leaves the NICU. I want to make her a couple of these hats, but I'm not sure how to adjust the pattern accordingly. Any suggestions? Thanks!
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHailey
Hi Halley-

You just need to cast on fewer stitches and knit the hat shorter. Perhaps try casting on 38 stitches? The hat is pretty stretchy and flexible so it doesn't have to be exact.

Thank you for your question!

March 5, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is such a cute hat! I don't know any babies (or pregnant women), so I think I'd like to try this for myself, even if winter is (hopefully) on its way out! I saw that you cast on 66 stitches to make yours, but I have a big head and wonder if there's an easy way to determine how many stitches to cast on based on the size (in cm/in) of my head. Also, do you know how the length would change?

(For reference: I just knit my first hat, the Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone, using the women's size — 54 stitches cast on. As is, it's a tad snugger and a couple inches shorter than I'd like. Since that hat's cuff is K3, P3, I figured it would have a different amount of stretch from this K1, P1 hat.)

Thank you!
March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
I live in London (UK) and Im a big fan of the simplicity and beauty of your thinking. Unfortunately I dont have access to your fantastic wool so thistime I used something similar. Can you please clarify what's the correct gauge for this pattern? I've used 3 stiches per 1" but the hat is quite wide at the end. Thanks,
March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva
Hi Eva-

The gauge is actually 4 stitches per inch! So sorry about that. It has been changed in the pattern above.


March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Claire-

I think 66 stitches should be fine even for a big head- it's pretty forgiving. You can just try it on as your knitting to figure out the length. I made mine 10-inches tall.

Thank you!

March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks, Molly. I actually realized shortly after posting my question that I had one more. With 66 (or, in my case, 68 — it may end up being too big, but I did some research and found a chart that suggested I should do between 66 and 70, and I was desperate to start knitting!) stitches cast on, can you still avoid decreasing and just end the hat by threading the tail through? I saw above a comment about the pom-pom covering any holes, but that was when the hat used many fewer stitches. Thanks!
March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
Hi Claire-

You still should be fine. The hat I made for myself actually doesn't have a pom pom on it (I couldn't decide on a color!) and you don't notice the hole at all. I don't think a few more stitches wil make a difference- it's remarkably forgiving!

Thanks for getting in touch!

March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Can I attach an i cord so the kid doesn't pull off? How would I do that?
March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoemi
Hi Noemi-

Sure! You could do an attached i-cord. We have a tutorial here:

Thanks for your question!

March 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,

I can't find the right size circular needles at my local store. Am I able to make this on normal needles? If so, would I need to decrease the stitches?

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Hi Emily-

You could use double pointed needles but not straight needles for this project.

We sell the correct circular needles here:

Thank you for your question!

June 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,

Getting ready for knee surgery and wanted a few simple projects to keep me sane. Now that I'm caring for 6-month-old twin girls, I'm going to make these hats -- yes there are cool nights even here on Kaua`i -- then some friendship bracelets and later in the healing process make your bandana bibs!

Thanks for the simple projects.
"Auntie" Eileen
August 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereileen
Hi Eileen-

So nice to hear from you! Sorry to hear that you're having surgery!
How cool that you're looking after twins now- they are certainly lucky to have you!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the projects!

August 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I notice there is no reducing stitches ? Is that fine for a hat ?
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Hi Jo-

Yes! That is the whole point of this particular hat... it's SUPER easy!

Thanks for writing in!

September 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hey Molly!

I need a new easy peasy project. I've made 9 hats (various sizes) since my surgery 10 days ago!

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereileen
Hi Eileen-

Any of our "beginners knits" project would be super easy peasy! You can see all of them here.

I hope your knee is on the mend!


September 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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