Newborn King Hat

This is my husband’s favorite gift hat that I’ve made this year. It’s simple but the ribs still give it a little interest. And the simple stitch pattern lets the colors in the yarn take the stage. This was the first time I’ve found this color of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and I really love it. I think the marled look works perfectly with this hat pattern. It’s so basic, classic, and versatile–perfect for anyone on your gift list.

This pattern is also available as an inexpensive printable, large print, ad-free PDF via Ravelry.

Newborn King Hat

Needles: size 13 (9mm), 16” and set of 4 double pointed needles for decreases at top of hat.

Yarns used: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (super bulky (6); 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 106 yards/170 grams), 1 skein of Denim Twist.
Yardage: 106 yards
Gauge: 2.3 stitches per inch; 3.5 rows per inch.

Other Notions: one stitch marker.

Final Measurements: Child/Teen: 21” (Adult: 22.5”; Lg. Adult: 24”). All sizes will be written Child/Teen (Adult, Lg. Adult) in the pattern.

Stitch Abbreviations:
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together


Cast on 48 (52, 56) sts. Join into a round, making sure not to twist your stitches. Place marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Rounds 1-4: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 5: p1, k3, repeat to end.
Repeat Round 5 until hat measures 5.5 (6.25, 7.25) inches or 14 (16, 18.5) cm from cast on edge.

(Switch to dpn whenever your stitches get too tight on your circular needles, usually around round 9 or 10.)
Round 6: p1, k1, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 7: p1, k2, repeat to end.
Round 8: p1, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 9: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 10: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Child/Teen and Lg. Adult sizes, Round 11: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Adult size, Round 11: k2tog, repeat to last st, k1.

Cut yarn 6-8 inches from last stitch. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull tight. Sew ends under.

To make a matching scarf:
A scarf will require about 2 more skeins of the same yarn. Use the same needles, but you’ll knit it flat as if you were using straight needles.
Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1: k3, p1, repeat to last 3 sts, k3
Row 2: p3, k1, repeat to last 3 sts, p3.
Repeat these two rows until scarf is desired length.
Bind off.

Click here for a free copy of my most versatile hat pattern–it works with any needles, any yarn, and any size!

One Reply to “Newborn King Hat”

  1. Katie K pearson says: Reply

    Love this hat pattern it was easy to knit

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