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Free Knitting Pattern: Child's Simple Knit Hat

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: L20402
Rating: ****4.1 (based on 8 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 0-12 mos, 12-24 mos

0-12 months (1-2 years)
Finished Circumference About 15 (17 1/2) in. (38 (44.5) cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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This classic beanie is knit in stockinette with a ribbed border, and can be worked up with just one skein on double-pointed needles.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-099: Wool-Ease Yarn: Fisherman
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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
Seaspray Cocoa Cranberry Dark Rose Heather Rose Heather Grey Heather Oxford Grey Black
Mustard Eggplant Gold Avocado Chestnut Heather Forest Green Heather Paprika Pumpkin
White/Multi Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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•  620-099 Wool-Ease Yarn: Fisherman
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Child's Simple Knit Hat

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®


18 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) over St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) with larger needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


K2, p2 Rib (worked in the rnd over a multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds.

With smaller needles and A, cast on 76 (88) sts. Divide sts onto 4 needles, with 19 (22) sts on each needle. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Rnds 1-8: Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd.
Change to larger needles and work in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures about 4 in. (10 cm) from beg.

Next Rnd: *
K17, k2tog, rep from * around - 72 sts at the end of this rnd.

Shape Crown (Top of Hat)
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *
K6, k2tog; rep from * around - 63 (77) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *K5, k2tog; rep from * around - 54 (66) sts.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *K4, k2tog; rep from * around - 45 (55) sts.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *K3, k2tog; rep from * around - 36 (44) sts.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around - 27 (33) sts.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Next (Decrease) Rnd: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around - 18 (22) sts.
Next Rnd:

Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through sts of the last rnd and pull to gather for top of Hat. Knot securely.

Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.1 (based on 8 reviews)
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Reviewed by Mariana on 2014-06-16 *****
I love this pattern! I'm expecting a baby boy in September and have been searching for the perfect baby beanie. I crochet and knit so I tried patterns for both but this one is my favorite. So fast to knit up! And I think it's going to be the perfect size for my baby boy. It's a really easy pattern and you can knit it on straight needles instead of using double pointed needles. Overall perfect pattern and I will be making more beanies with this pattern. Thank you lion brand yarn! :)

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