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Ladder Stitch Baby Hat

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This hat is worked in the round. You can use 12" circulars or dpns. If using circulars you will need to switch to dpns when hat gets to small.

Worsted Weight yarn

size 9 needles

Cast on 48 Sts, join being careful not to twist yarn.

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 6 rows

Pattern Stitch:

Rows 1-2: K4, P4 around

Rows 3-4: P4, K4 around

Repeat rows 1-4 five more times.

Knit one row even.

Decrease rows:

Row 1: K4, K2tog around

Row 2: Knit around

Row 3: K3, K2tog around

Row 4: Knit around

Row 5: K2, K2tog around

Row 6: Knit around

Row 7: K1, K2tog around

Row 8: K2tog around

Cut yarn and run thru remainder of sts, pull up tight and fasten off.

2007 Kelly Kearney
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I came across this hat, all i can say is - I LOVE IT!! Thanks for posting it! I can't get on with dpns, so i tried it on straight needles and it worked out ok.
I knit for a charity called Bonnie Babies - - so will be knitting more for them.
Pirk said…
What a perfect little hat. I will be making this one for sure.

Thanks for posting the pattern.
caboozan said…
when you say-row, is that like when you stitch across, then switch needles and stitch across to make a row? or do you mean a row as you stitch across to the end of the needle and then get ready to start the next needle/row?

I'm only doing scarves right now, actually for charity for a family shelter of abuse victims. I'm new to understanding patterns.
Thanks! Good luck!
Anonymous said…
Great job on the 40 hats for Lent. Maybe I'll try that next year, although I clearly knit much slower than you do! Kudos! momoffour
jessicasupermom said…
What size is this pattern for? 6 mo 12 mo?
Kelly said…
Its a large preemie/small newborn size.
If you want to make it bigger just cast on in increments of 8 and add a few more rows.
jessicasupermom said…
Im horrible at math. So if I wanted a 12 mo and a 3 yo I would add how many increments and rows? Also after the k2tog it says around, does that mean continue k for the rest of stitches? Thanks so much for help, I can't wait to start this cute hat!
Kelly said…
I don't really know myself. I just know that for the pattern to work you need a multiple of 8 stitches.

Which row # are you asking about?
mollyknits said…
What is the gauge for this hat My yarn is 3.5 st per " on size 9 needles Thanks!
Kelly said…
I don't know the guage, sorry. Since I make them for the hospital exact size isn't important.
mollyknits said…
Thanks Kelly, I'm making this for a newborn, would you anticipate it should fit - in the first 6 months?
Kelly said…
Yes, I do. You could always cast on another 8 stitches and the pattern will still work. But its pretty stretchy.
Kelly D. said…
I just started working on this pattern last night. It's my first time using dpns and knitting in the round and it's going really well. Thanks for posting this pattern, it's just what i was looking for!
Jan said…
I made this hat in a couple of hours. I didn't have circular needles, so I used straight and seamed it. I used size 8 US because my gauge tends to run large. I used Sugar n Spice 100% cotton DK weight yarn. I posted it on Ravelery and gave you props. I will knit one to give away as I think that is an awesome price for this pattern. Thank you. Jan (PickupPurling - on Ravelry)
Anonymous said…
I have a 2 month old baby boy.
I am new in the world of knitting. I cant understand written instructions. Have never knitted anything.Do you have a video for this hat? I want to make this for my lill boy pls help.

Kelly said…
No, I'm sorry I don't.

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