Baby beanies are one of my favorite things to knit. They are small, fast, cute and easy to stylize. One of these hats without the extra duplicate stitch work takes only 2 hours or less.
Size 6 circular needles (I use addi turbo 10″ circular needles)
Worsted weight yarn – 4 weight (I use Caron Simply Soft)
CO 56 (newborn), 60 sts (2-6 months), or 64 sts (7-12 months)
Rows 1-6: K1, P1
Knit for 4.5 inches (newborn), 5.5 inches (2-6 months), or 6.5 inches (7-12 months) from brim to top
Binding off (Switching to dps when needed): K2tog* one row then K* one row
Stopping on a k2tog row, continue until you have under 10 ers across all of your dpns. *Note: for the 2-6 month size, you will have one extra stitch after k2tog around. Knit this stitch normally to complete the round.
Cut your yarn and weave it through your live stitches to create a circle.
Pull the circle closed, thread the yarn through the middle and flip the hat inside out to weave in ends. Having trouble? This should help.
Now, you can either leave your hat plain or choose to add a pom pom or do a duplicate stitch to add some character.
Here are some of my favorite designs!