Free Pattern: A Slouchy Beanie for Babies, Toddlers and Children

  So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

With every hat pattern I've posted, I receive several emails and comments requesting the hat in a different size.  Okay, so I have written this one for a baby, toddler, and young child.  I wanted to make a slouchy beanie with a big pompom.  It is a beanie that slides over to the possibility of being a beret but I didn't give it enough slouch to be a good floppy beret which is how I like them.  This is a beanie with a touch of attitude.  I think pompoms are a prerequisite of childhood, especially big colorful ones.

You will need: 
2 balls of worsted yarn, so approx 150 - 300 yards total.
an Extra ball of yarn in contrasting color for the pompom.  
size 8  16" circular needles  (yes, this hat must be made on circular, it won't work well on straights.)
4 size 8 double pointed needles
stitch markers
tapestry needle
pompom maker

Guage: 4 sts, 6 rows per inch, stockinette in the round

2x2 rib=K2,p2, repeat until the end

stockinette in the round= Knit every round.


The pattern is written with baby size (toddler, young child), so 16"(18", 20") circumferences

Cast on 64( 72 sts, 80sts).  add a stitch marker.  Join ring and knit in a 2x2 rib for one inch. When you reach the stitch marker at end of final 2x2 rib round. The rib is loose and not firm. Knit for one inch.

HINT: If you want a firmer rib, then cast on initially with a size 6 circular before switching to the size 8 needles for the rest of the hat.

Increase round:  Every two stitches M1, continue this process all the way around.  You will have 96 (108, 120). Now switch to stockinette for 4 inches.

When you have reached 4 inches, add a stitch marker after every 8th (9th,10 stitch).   Complete this round.  

Begin decreases,  K2tog before every stitch marker.  Continue to decrease in this manner for every round until it becomes too tight to continue, then switch to the double pointed needles.

Proceed to continue with the decreases until you have only 8 remaining.  Cut a 6" tail, thread it on a tapestry needle, Run the needle through the remaining stitches and pull tight.  This will cinch the top closed.  

Using your favorite pompom maker, make pompom that is 3" in diameter.  Tie it onto the top of the beanie.

Weave in all tails.

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