After recently knitting Kelly Herdich's In Threes Baby Cardigan for my soon-to-be-born granddaughter, I wanted to knit a little beanie to match -- the quick and easy 1-2-3 Baby Beanie is what I came up with! Why 1-2-3? This beanie can be knit in sizes 0-3, 3-6, or 6-12 months with either 1, 2, or 3 sections of garter stitch striping; it's up to you. :)
I'm really pleased with how it turned out; it's cute, it's easy to knit, and it works up quickly with worsted weight yarn. Of course, you don't have to knit an In Threes Baby Cardi to make one for the special baby in your life; this pattern should match nicely with just about any baby knit that uses garter stitch rows or edging.
I'd love any feedback you'd like to share, and please let me know in the comments or here if you make one!
1-2-3 Baby Beanie
The number of stitches to cast on is the same for each size; the size you wish to knit determines the number of stockinette rows to to continue in before decreasing.
- fits infants 0-3 mo. (3-6) (6 - 12)
- yarn: ww yarn such as a superwash merino wool or cotton blend (I used Lion Brand's Martha Stewart Crafts' extra soft wool blend because I liked the color & it's what I used for my "In Threes")
- needles: size 4 dpns
- darning needle for weaving in ends
- guage: 21 st and 28 rows over 4" in stockinette
row 1: purl around
row 2: knit around
rows 3 - 6: repeat rows 1 and 2
rows 7 - 10: knit each row
For only one section of the garter stitch striping: Continue in stockinette stitch until beanie measures 3" (3.5") (4") from the beginning, then begin decreasing.
For two sections of the garter stitch striping: Repeat rows 1-10 then continue in stockinette stitch until beanie measures 3" (3.5") (4") from the beginning, then begin decreasing.
For three sections of the garter stitch striping: Repeat rows 1-10 twice then continue in stockinette stitch until beanie measure 3" (3.5") (4") from the beginning, then begin decreasing.
row 1: k6, k2 tog around
row 2: knit all stitches
row 3: k5, k2 tog around
row 4: knit all stitches
row 5: k4, k2 tog around
row 6: knit all stitches
row 7: k3, k2 tog around
row 8: knit all stitches
row 9: k2, k2 tog around
row 10: knit all stitches
row 11: k1, k2 tog around
row 12: knit all stitches
row 13: k2 tog around; 8 stitches remain on needles
Cut yarn, thread onto darning needle, and sew through remaining loops; draw tightly and push needle through to wrong side of hat. Tie off, weave in end, and find a cute baby who needs a beanie! [Ravelry]
Lord willing, I'll be given permission to update this pattern with an actual photo of the grandbaby wearing one -- she's due in 11 days! Happy knitting!
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