Quick Newborn Beanie

cat baby hat

Being able to quickly knit up a newborn baby hat is always useful!  Here are some reasons why you might want to knit a quick newborn beanie:

  • You’re having a baby. Yay!  And congratulations!
  • You know someone having a baby. Yay for you! You can have all the fun and enjoy the cuteness without having to deal with the spit up and the poop-y explosions.
  • You’re bored and need something to knit, and want to make some newborn hats to donate (to a hospital, or local charity).
  • You want to have a baby and need somewhere to put your “I can’t believe another month has just passed and I’m still not pregnant” angst.  (No judgements here.)

Well, whatever the reason, you’ve found the Lace and Yarn blog and are trying to figure out why you’re still reading this and where the heck is the pattern already, lady?  This pattern is quick and easy, and appropriate for any skill level knitter, even down to a beginner (if you know how to work projects in the round).  If not, get yourself some circular needles, hop on over to YouTube, and learn!

The Pattern

(**Please note: The photo above is the following beanie pattern with ears and a bow added.  The below pattern is ONLY the beanie.  The pattern for the ears and bow can be found here.)


Yarn — Worsted weight yarn.  I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 6205 – Dark Chocolate but any worsted weight will do
Needles — size 6 circular
Other tools — cable needle, darning needle for weaving in ends, stitch marker
Gauge — 5 stitches = 1″
Skills used — knitting in the round, knit, purl, decreases
Size — newborn (0-3 months)

Abbreviation Key

CO – Cast on
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two stitches together


CO 64

2×2 ribbing (k2, p2) for 3/4″ – 1″

Stockinette stitch (k all) until hat measures about 4 1/2 ”

row 1 — (k6, k2tog) around
row 2 — (k5, k2tog) around
row 3 — (k4, k2tog) around
row 4 — (k3, k2tog) around
row 5 — (k2, k2tog) around
row 6 — (k1, k2tog) around
row 7 — k2tog around 

Break yarn, leaving a tail.  Use darning needle to draw through remaining loops twice and weave in ends.


Lots of things can be done to this pattern to add to it and make it more personal:  stripes, or really any type of color work, do just the ribbing in another color, add felt accents (flowers, a face, anything!), or you can do what I did, and add some ears, make it a critter (or cat) hat and if for a girl, add a cute little bow!  Click here (or the picture) to see my ear and bow pattern.

critter knit hat

Happy knitting!

As a reminder about my patterns:

Want to make this hat to sell it?  I’m OK with that.  As long as you do the following:

  • If selling online, please include the following: “Original pattern by Lace and Yarn by Betsy Busch available at www.laceandyarn.com.”
  • If you sell on Etsy, please include the following in your listing: “Original pattern by Lace and Yarn by Betsy Busch available at laceandyarn.wordpress.com.”

I’m, of course, not OK with you distributing or selling the pattern.  For personal use only, please!

Making this hat?  I’d love to see it!  Also, I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the pattern.  Feel free to leave questions in the comments or message me.

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1 Response to Quick Newborn Beanie

  1. Pingback: Adding Cat (or just general critter) Ears to a Knit Hat | Lace and Yarn

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