Knitted cotton baby hats

Baby hat with top knot knitted in 8 ply lime green cotton
Baby hat with top knot knitted in 8 ply lime green cotton

Yesterday I was able to meet my friend’s baby for the first time. He lives nearby, but was born just before COVID-19 struck and so is only now able to meet people outside his inner circle. We had a lovely afternoon together and I was stoked to see he was wearing a little knitted hat I made and sent when he was born.

Baby hat with top knot on double pointed needles in bright pink cotton
Pink hat on double-pointed needles

This hat has become my standard new baby gift; over the last two years I’ve now knitted them for at least twelve babies. At about 8-10 hours per hat, it’s a good small project for in-between bigger projects, and being a small light cotton project it’s about the only knitting I can face during our long hot sweaty summers.

Knitted baby hat in organic olive and chocolate cotton colourways
In these colours, I call them my ‘gumnut baby’ hats

During COVID lockdown I found myself reaching for this hat pattern – familiar, do-able, not too challenging – as a project that would keep my hands busy as my mind raced, channelling my heightened anxiety into a visible, practical object that represented hope for the future.

Yellow organic cotton knitted hats
Yellow organic cotton knitted hats

Knitting is a labour of love and I believe there is a different quality of energy in handmade garments – they just feel different.

Baby hats labelled ready to send. I use leftover offcuts of yarn to tie on the labels.
Baby hats labelled ready to send. I use leftover offcuts of yarn to tie on the labels.

I have an album on my phone of pictures of delightful babies all over the country wearing a hat that I made for them. It’s a good thing to look at when my heart needs lifting.

Knitted baby hat in blue cotton
Knitted baby hat in blue cotton

The pattern is Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan and is available for free on Ravelry. I’ve used 8 ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills and organic cotton from EcoYarns. I’ve knitted it on double-pointed needles and circular needles (always in the round, as stitching up is my least-favourite part of knitting).

Pink cotton baby hat on circular needles
Pink cotton baby hat on circular needles

Recently I’ve tried out another baby hat pattern; but I’ll tell you about that later, as the babies they are for are yet to be born, and I want them and their families to be the first to see them!

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