Our Top Knot Baby Hat, in our cotton and yak Morning yarn, is a fresh, little flower bud of a hat for the fresh, little babies in your life!

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

This delightfully simple free baby hat knitting pattern is all stockinette all the way, starting with an effortless rolled brim. For the crown, you’ll decrease in a spiral pattern at just three points, creating a slightly pointed shape and the look of swirling, layered petals about to burst into bloom!

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho
Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

Now for the really fun part… You can choose whether to finish your hat with a darling, little knot or with a bitty loop! Either way, you’ll knit a short I-cord and follow our instructions to secure it.

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

Our Morning yarn is just right for tender babes. It is very soft and machine washable, and its mix of organically grown cotton and yak is cozy in cold weather yet breathable and cool in warm weather, too!

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

A palette of cheery, up-with-the-sun colors gives you so many happy options to play with. We designed this free baby hat knitting pattern in a range of sizes, since heads grow so fast… You’ll just have to make a variety of colors, in a mix of knot and loop closures, to create a whole bouquet of hats!

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

With so many colors to try, three sizes to choose from, and two hat toppers to pick, the Top Knot Baby Hat is sure to be your go-to gift to welcome new life into this big, beautiful world!

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!

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Materials

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

To make 2 hats in any size, you will need…

We knit our hats in the following sizes and colors…

  • Newborn: Heirloom White + Tender Green
  • 3­–6 Months: Grassland Gray + Cucumber Ice
  • 6–12 Months: Yellow Apple + Pink Radish

GAUGE

21 stitches and 31 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

SIZES

Newborn (3-6 Months, 6-12 Months)

  • Finished Circumference: 12½ (13¾, 14¾) inches
  • Finished Height: 7 (7½, 8) inches, excluding I-cord, with edge unrolled

PATTERN

BODY

Cast 66 (72, 78) stitches onto circular or double pointed needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit every round until piece measures 4¼ (4½, 4¾) inches from cast-on edge, unrolled.

CROWN

NOTE: If you cast on with circular needles, change to double pointed needles when necessary.

Set-Up Round: [K22 (24, 26), place marker] 2 times, knit to end of round.

Decrease Round: [Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, knit 2 together (k2tog), slip marker] 3 times. [3 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Round 19 (21, 23) more times. [6 stitches remain]

Next Round: *K2tog, remove marker, repeat from * to end of round. [3 stitches remain]

I-CORD

With remaining 3 stitches, work an I-cord for 3½ inches.

Bind-Off Row: K1, k2tog, pass first stitch over second stitch and off right needle.

FOR TOP KNOT STYLE

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull it through remaining stitch.

Thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Draw tail through tip of I-cord, leaving enough ease so I-cord remains straight, then weave it into the inside of the Crown.

Weave in any remaining ends and gently wet block.

Tie I-cord in a knot, and you’re done!  

FOR TOP LOOP STYLE

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull it through remaining stitch.

Thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Make a loop with I-cord and draw tail through fabric at base of I-cord, then weave it into the inside of the Crown.

Weave in any remaining ends and gently wet block.

Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho
Top Knot Baby Hat | Purl Soho

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