Free Pattern :: Beginner Baby Beanie

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

The American Heart Association has a call out for hand knit or crocheted Baby hats to  inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.  They are taking hats through February. Chapters around the country are participating. As someone who has had a stroke and various heart issues. You could say that this project strikes close to the heart. I am posting at least one new baby hat pattern per week. These are mostly basis patterns with the beginner in mind.  To learn more about this project watch the following video.

This particular pattern is perfect for the knitter who claims "I only know how to knit a scarf."  Okay, if you can knit a scarf, you can knit a hat!

You will need:

 I used a Red Heart Soft in  White and a Cherry Red
Size 8 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
tape measure
pins
pompom maker (I use on from Clover).

This one was designed for a newborn at 14" in diameter.

Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch.
Always do a gauge check.

Stitches: 2x2 rib:
Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.
Row 2 - 6: same as Row 1.

Stockinette:
Knit all the stitches and then purl all the stitches on the next row. Repeat. Knit a row, purl a row.
 

Cast on 28 stitches using the long tail method. Leave a 12" tail.

Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.  Work this repeat pattern known as a 2x2 rib for 1 inch.

Once you have finished the rib, you are to continue in stockinette for the next 10 inches.  

Complete the last inch in 2x2 rib.

You should now have a "scarf" that is 12" long and 7" wide.
Cast off all stitches. Leave a long tail.

It will be easier to seam up the edges if you first block the fabric.

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I do much of my blocking on my ironing table. I purchased a cover with a 1x1" grid specifically for this purpose.  Pin the fabric down, stretching it to its full width. Once all the edges are pinned. Mist with cool water.  Allow to thoroughly dry.  As you can see I left long  tails.

Fold the fabric in half and pin the edges and sew it up using the Mattress stitch.

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Once I have seamed up both edges using the tails. I sew in all ends. 

Make 2 large white pompoms.  Attach them to the corners.  

I would love to see your final creation. I started a charity knitting group.  Please join the fun and share your project in progress. Ask questions.  Add links to your favorite patterns.