Little 2 square baby hat

Today’s amateur* pattern is for a little 2-square baby hat (pattern section on the hat). Head diameter is for around 18″, so you may wish to size up in needles to adjust if the baby you’re knitting for is larger. I was knitting this for donation to a local hospital. *Note the word amateur. This pattern hasn’t been proofread or test knit. It’s just a recipe for what I did to make this hat.

Needles: US size 2 for the ribbing, followed by US size 1 for plain knitting rows. My gauge in the plain knitting section is:

Other tools: 7 stitch markers (one in a contrasting color for row starts).

Yarn: Baby Ull Dalegarn. Main color (mc): aqua blue (Farge: 7502, Parti: 6632). Contrast color (cc): lime green (Farge: 9013)

CO: 140 stitches in the round. Join.

Knit ribbing with cc: K4, P4 for 19 rows. (You might wish to knit longer for more of a cuff)

Join in mc and knit plain in mc for 18 rows.

Join in cc color and knit with cc color for 1 to 2 rows.

Start pattern:

Rows 1 & 2: mc K2, cc K2.

Rows 3 & 4: cc K2, mc K2.

Repeat pattern 3 times.

Pattern rows 13 & 14: mc K2, cc K2.

Knit 1 row in cc, adding stitch markers every 20 stitches. (It is helpful to have a contrasting color stitch marker for the beginning of the row.) 7 markers total.

Switch to mc: Decreases begin.

Decrease row 1: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 126 stitches left).

Knit 10 rows. Decrease row 2: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 112 stitches left).

Knit 3 rows. Decrease row 3: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 98 stitches left).

Knit 3 rows. Decrease row 4: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 84 stitches left). Add cc.

Knit 3 rows. Decrease row 5: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 70 stitches left).

Add/switch to mc: Knit 3 rows. Decrease row 6: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases in total; 56 stitches left).

Just weave in the ends, then put it in for a soak and lay flat to dry.

Knit 2 rows. Decrease row 7: decrease stitches before and after each marker (14 decreases; 42 stitches left).

Knit 1 row. Decrease row 8: decrease by combining 2 stitches each time, removing markers (21 stitches left). Then either bind off by pulling yarn through remaining loops or:

Decrease row optional: decrease by combining 2 stitches each time (11 stitches left) and pull yarn through remaining loops. Then you get to weave in the ends. (C) rjn, April 9, 2011

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