Basic Charity Hats

This simple pattern comes in sizes preemie, newborn, and baby. It also includes adjustments for 3 different gauges making it a perfect pattern for knitting charity projects with leftover  stash yarn.   (The picture above shows the hats using the 5 stitch gauge)

Skill Level: easy
Stitches used: cast on, knit, k2t, k3t, bind off
Abbreviations: knit (k), knit two together (k2t), knit three together,
Measures: sizes preemie, (newborn, baby)
hat: approximately  11” (12”, 13”) circumference and 4” (5’, 6”) length
booties:  approximately 2″ (3″, 4″) wide
Notes: the adjustments for each size will be listed in parenthesis in this order, preemie (newborn, baby)

-Materials-

  • knitting needle size of your choice
  • yarn of your choice
  • yarn needle
  • stitch markers

-Hat-
Work a swatch first to determine what gauge you are knitting in. Listed below are the numbers of stitches you need to cast on for your gauge.

  • For 3 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 32 (36, 40) stitches, continue with pattern.
  • For 4 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 44 (48, 52) stitches, continue with pattern.
  • For 5 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 54 (60, 66) stitches, continue with pattern.

1. Place marker and join in round, work 1” of edging in stitch of your choice. (such as garter stitch, ribbing, seed stitch…)
2. Knit for 2” (3”, 4”).

  • For 3 stitches per inch gauge: *k2, k2t* to end of row. Knit 1 row. *K1, k2t* to end of row. Knit 1 row. K2t to end of row. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • For 4 stitches per inch gauge: *k2, k2t* to end. Knit 2 rows. *K1, k2t* to end. Knit 2 rows. K2t to end. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • For 5 stitches per inch gauge: *k4, k2t* to end. Knit 1 row. *K3, k2t*, to end. Knit 1 row. *K2, k2t*, to end. Knit 1 row. *K1, k2t*, to end. Knit 1 row.  K2t to end. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.

-Booties- (make 2)
Work a swatch first to determine what gauge you are knitting in. Listed below are the numbers of stitches you need to cast on for your gauge.

  • For 3 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 16 (20, 24) stitches, continue with pattern.
  • For 4 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 22 (26, 30) stitches, continue with pattern.
  • For 5 stitches per inch gauge: cast on 26 (32, 38) stitches, continue with pattern.

1. Place marker at begging of row and join in round, knit half of the stitches , place marker, and knit to end.
2. Knit till bootie measures 1” (1 1/2”, 2”)
3. Knit to 3 stitches before middle marker, k3t, k3t, knit to end.
4. Knit 1 row.
5. Knit to 2 stitches before middle marker, k2t, k2t, knit to end.

  • For 4 stitches per inch gauge: knit 1 row. Repeat  number 5.
  • For 5 stitches per inch gauge: knit 1 row. Repeat number 3.

6. Knit till bootie measures 2” (2 1/2”, 3”).
7. Work 1” of edging stitch of your choice. (such as garter stitch, ribbing, seed stitch…)
8. Bind off. Sew bottom of bootie together, pull tightly and secure. Weave in ends.

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6 thoughts on “Basic Charity Hats

  1. Thank you for the patterns.
    Knitting for charity, is made so much easier when the patterns are free.
    I appreciate you sharing your great patterns.

  2. The hat pattern is great, very nice to have the size flexibility.
    However, I found the bootie pattern difficult, both to read and execute. My first (and second) attempts looked nothing like the picture–I ultimately went with another bootie pattern instead.

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