Saturday, June 8, 2013

1 - 2 - 3 Baby Beanie

Introducing my first published knitting pattern -- the 1-2-3 Baby Beanie!

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
©Lisa Seifert

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
For all sizes, evenly co 65 st onto three dpns; join being careful not to twist work: slip 1st st from first needle to third needle; pass last co st over slipped st, pull tightly to make a secure connection, then proceed as follows:

Garter rows:
row 1: purl around
row 2: knit around
rows 3 - 6: repeat rows 1 and 2 

Stockinette rows:
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.

Decrease rows:

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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  1. What a wonderful pattern! I am for sure going to be knitting these this fall for the littles arriving in our neck of the woods! Happy weekend... and thanks!

  2. Anonymous6/09/2013

    This is so cute :) and easy too... m.

  3. What a cute hat! Thanks for sharing the pattern:)

  4. I like how it goes with the cardigan. I'll knit this for someone and give it as a baby gift. I just need to decide whom to give it to.

  5. Thanks for the kind & encouraging words, ladies! Please don't hesitate to give me some feedback if you do knit one! Happy knitting, ~Lisa

  6. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I've been knitting a lot lately and I can't wait to try it!


    1. Hi Sonia! I'm popping over to see what you've been up to. :)

  7. Adorable! I just started knitting but have fav'd this pattern on Revelry!

    1. Thanks! It's an easy'll have no trouble with it. :)

  8. Hi, I love your hat. It would match the baby sweater I just made, in a gauge of 4 sts per inch with a Size 8 needle. How do I convert your lovely hat pattern into that gauge? I want them both to have the same gauge. Thank you for any help. (Im sick right now & not thinking clearly....)

    1. Hi Tammy,

      Thanks so much for your question & kind words. :)

      An updated version of this pattern is availble free in my Ravelry shop:

      You'll need to use the gauge of the sweater you just knit to do the conversion; here's a link to a pdf that clearly explains the conversion process:

      I sure hope that helps! Please note that you'll need to adjust how many rows you'll knit in the various sections accordingly as your row gauge will be different, otherwise your hat will be too tall.

      Happy knitting!



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