Garter Stitch Baby Hat

(Shown above in size baby)

Skill Level: intermediate
Stitches Used: cast on, knit, purl, k2t, ssk, yo
Abbreviations: knit (k), purl (p), yarn over (yo), knit two together (k2t), slip slip knit (ssk), stitches (sts)
Sizes: preemie (baby), 11 1/4″ (13 1/2″) circumference and 5″ (6″) length
Gauge: in garter stitch in the round, 4 sts and 6 rows = 1″ by 1″


  • 1 skein Red Heart Soft Yarn, teal – 256 yds (100% acrylic)
  • set of size 8 double pointed knitting  needles
  • set of size 9 double pointed knitting needles
  • yarn needle


  1. With size 8 needles, cast on 45 (54) stitches, divide onto 3 or 4 double pointed needles.
  2. Join in round, and purl 1 row.
  3. Change to size 9 needles, Knit 1 row.
  4. *P2, k2t, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p2,* repeat to end.
  5. *P2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2,* repeat to end.
  6. *P1, k2t, yo, p1, k1, p1, yo, ssk, p1,* repeat to end.
  7. *P1, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p1,* repeat to end.
  8. *k2t, yo, p2, k1, p2, yo, ssk,* repeat to end.
  9. Change to size 8 needles, *k1, p3, k1, p3, k1,* repeat to end.
  10. Knit 1 row.
  11. Purl 1 row.
  12. Repeat numbers 10 & 11 till hat measures 4 1/2″ (5 1/2″), or until hat measures 1/2″ shorter than desired length. (ending on a purl row)
  13. *K1, k2t,* repeat to end. [27 (36) stitches]
  14. Purl 1 row.
  15. *K2t,* repeat to end. [9 (18) stitches]
  16. Purl 1 row.
  17. Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches 3 times. Fasten off, and weave in ends.
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3 thoughts on “Garter Stitch Baby Hat

  1. Thank you for such a beautiful and well written pattern
    It is so plain that even a beginner could make it. (me)
    There is much potential in changing this pattern even into an adult hat. there is 9 st. to a pattern.
    I will be using a size 8, and 9″, 16″ circular needle and a size 8,” 9″ circular needle to finish off the top. As far as I know these little needles only go up to size 8″. They are such a blessing for me because my hands have a hard time manuvering the 4, 2 point straight needles. Thank you again for your lovely pattern.

  2. Get an early start on your gifting this year with this beautiful accessory This is for the intermediate knitter You should know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on and cast off.

  3. Garter Stitch Baby Hat — Nifty Knitting I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You’re wonderful! Thanks! your article about Garter Stitch Baby Hat — Nifty KnittingBest Regards Cindy

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