Friday, January 7, 2011

Knitting for newborns: Simple hat and mitts set...

**Now updated with adjustments for 3-6 month size hat, and pattern for flower decoration**


My friend Reanna is having a baby boy at the end of February, and it's her babyshower this Saturday night.  Being that one of my "2011 crafty new year's resolutions" is to make as many gifts as possible, I decided a bit of knitting was in order.


Being a little short on time, I looked around the internet for some quick-knit patterns.  I wanted to do a hat and booties or a hat and scratch mitts set, but couldn't find the exact thing I was looking for.  So I just started knitting, then I unravelled, started again, un-picked, started again - all the while making note of the patterns that were developing.

I made a little tag out of recycled paper to safety pin to the mitts and hat.  On the reverse it has the care instructions which I took from the yarn wrapper.

I had this most amazing yarn to use up - it is a cashmere/ merino/ silk blend which I picked up in New Zealand last year and have used to make a lot of beautiful baby things.  It is incredibly soft and has this lovely subtle sheen to it.

So, I have some patterns to share with you!  These are suitable for absolute beginners as they are very straightforward.  They are also fast to knit up - meaning you don't have to delay your gratification and can knit either the hat or mitts in one evening (or both if you're fast).

If you're a beginner, you will need to be able to do the following before starting. Click on any of the terms below to be taken to a video showing you how to do it (the videos below are for "English" knitters - if you're a Continental knitter, please refer to this very useful glossary of terms featuring videos).

Cast on (CO)
Knit (K)
Purl (P)
Increase (M1L - Make One Left)
Decrease (K2tog)

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Newborn Hat with Seed Stitch Trim:

Size:  
Newborn - to fit heads 35-37 cm (14 - 14 & 1/2")
(the pattern for 3-6 month size is in the comments section of this post, below)

Gauge:
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4" (10cm) in stocking stitch

Materials:
3.5mm needles (US size 4), or whatever size is needed to obtain gauge
1 x 50g ball of dk weight yarn (I used Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk in shade 0006, 'pebble' - this one ball of wool will do your hat and your mitts)
Tapestry needle

CO 78 stitches (I use cable cast-on because it creates a lovely edge)
Continue in K1, P1 seed stitch until you have 4 cm (1 & 1/2") of knitting on your needles

Continue to work in stocking (stockinette) stitch for a further 5cm (2").

Crown decreases:
Row 1:  K1, (K2tog, K5) to end.  (67 stitches on the needle)
Row 2:  Purl
Row 3:  K1 (K2tog, K4) to end.  (56 stitches on the needle)
Row 4:  Purl
Row 5:  K1 (K2tog, K3) to end.  (45 stitches on the needle)
Row 6:  Purl
Row 7:  K1 (K2tog, K2) to end.  (34 stitches on the needle)
Row 8:  Purl
Row 9:  K1 (K2tog, K1) to end.  (23 stitches on the needle)
Row 10:  Purl
Row 11:  K1 (K2tog) 11 times.  (12 stitches on the needle)

Break off yarn leaving a 30cm (12") tail.  Thread this tail through your tapestry needle and thread through remaining 12 stitches, removing them from the knitting needle.

Draw up tightly and fasten off so there is no hole.

Sew up hat along seam using the mattress stitch.   Weave in ends.

Position seam along centre back of hat.

The 3-6 month size is as follows:

CO 81 stitches

Work in moss stitch for 4cm, finishing after a ws row

Work in stockinette stitch for a further 5 cm, finishing after a knit row

Decrease 3 stitches evenly across the next row (this will be a purl row). Decrease one stitch each (P2tog) at around the 20th stitch, 40th stitch and 60th stitch.

You will now have 78 stitches on the needle.

Begin crown decreases:
Crown decreases are as for the 0-3 month size above.

Follow instructions for the 0-3 month size for drawing up, fastening-off and sewing up.


Flower decoration:



CO 8 stitches, leaving a tail of 6 inches

Slip the last stitch you cast on from the left needle onto the right needleCast off 7 stitches (you will have one stitch left on the needle)Swap your right needle to the left (do not turn)

* Cast on 7 stitches, slip the last stitch to the right needlecast off 7 stitches (you will have one stitch left on the needleSwap your right needle to the left. (do not turn)*


Repeat * * 12 more times



To make up:
Thread your tail onto a tapestry needle and run it through the remaining stitch, removing it from the knitting needle.  Run the needle and thread through the straight edge of the flower in a running stitch, pull tightly and secure with a few stitches. Sew onto your hat.




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Newborn Scratch Mitts with Seed Stitch Trim:


Size:  
0 - 3 months

Gauge:
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4" (10cm) in stocking stitch

Materials:
3.5mm needles (US size 4), or whatever size is needed to obtain gauge
1 x 50g ball of dk weight yarn (I used Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk in shade 0006, 'pebble' - this one ball of wool will do your hat and your mitts)
Tapestry needle

CO 28 stitches (I use cable cast-on because it creates a lovely edge)

Continue in K1, P1 seed stitch for 12 rows.

Increases:
Row 13:  K1, M1L, K until there is one stitch left on the left needle, M1L, K1 (30 stitches)
Row 14:  Purl
Row 15:  K1, M1L, K until there is one stitch left on the left needle, M1L, K1 (32 stitches)
Row 16:  Purl
Row 17:  K1, M1L, K until there is one stitch left on the left needle, M1L, K1 (34 stitches)
Row 18:  Purl
Row 19:  K1, M1L, K until there is one stitch left on the left needle, M1L, K1 (36 stitches)
Row 20:  Purl

Row 21 - 26 Alternate Knit and Purl rows beginning with a Knit row

Decreases:
Row 27:  K1, (K2tog, K3) to end (29 stitches)
Row 28:  Purl
Row 29:  K1, (K2tog, K2) to end (22 stitches)
Row 30:  Purl
Row 31:  K1, (K2tog, K1) to end (15 stitches)
Row 32:  Purl
Row 33:  (K2tog) 7 times, K1 (8 stitches)

Break off yarn leaving a 20cm (8") tail.  Thread this tail through your tapestry needle and thread through remaining 8 stitches, removing them from the knitting needle.

Draw up tightly and fasten off so there is no hole.

Sew up mitt along seam using the mattress stitch.   Weave in ends.

Position seam along centre back of mitt.

Knit another one!

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Please let me know if you find any errors in my patterns.  Feel free to ask any questions too!

LM x

35 comments:

  1. Hi! I love this newborn hat and am hoping to knit it for my soon-to-arrive baby! Just wondering if I could use circular needles with the pattern....and if so would the pattern change at all? I'm sorta new to knitting so I'm not sure how to adjust patterns from straight needles to circular. Would I just decrease and then bind off at the end? Let me know if you can! Thanks!

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. You could knit this on circular needles but the pattern would have to be adapted. For instance, when knitting stockinette stitch on straight needles, the pattern is obtained by knitting one row and purling the next, whereas on circular needles it's different. There is quite a lot on the net about making these adaptions on - here are a couple of examples:

      http://www.vogueknitting.com/pattern_help/how-to/beyond_the_basics/circular_needles.aspx

      http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2007/10/08/converting-stitch-patterns-for-working-in-the-round.aspx

      Good luck and congratulations on your soon-to-be arrival!

      LM x

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  2. Hi, could you post the adjustments to make this for a 3 month old? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi - the 3-6 month size is as follows:

      CO 81 stitches

      Work in moss stitch for 4cm, finishing after a ws row

      Work in stockinette stitch for a further 5 cm, finishing after a knit row

      Decrease 3 stitches evenly across the next row (this will be a purl row). Decrease one stitch each (P2tog) at around the 20th stitch, 40th stitch and 60th stitch.

      You will now have 78 stitches on the needle.

      Begin crown decreases:
      Crown decreases are as for the 0-3 month size above.

      Follow instructions for the 0-3 month size for drawing up, fastening-off and sewing up.

      Hope that helps! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.

      LM x

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  3. Thanks for this! I've made this pattern twice for two different friends who had babies. They both loved their gifts! Much appreciated!!

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    1. You're so welcome. Glad to know the pattern works and that your friends love their gifts. x

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  4. thanks for this very easy to follow pattern, am quite new to knitting and have managed to knit my very first hat for my soon to be born son - I m delighted with it (and ridiculously pleased with myself, ha ha!)

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    1. Love that feeling when you make something - especially if it's a fairly new skill. Well done you!!! x

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  5. I have made this that pattern for several baby shower gifts. I would love to be able to make it for my kids. They are ages 3 & 5. Do you have this pattern to fit a 3 & 5 year old? I would really appreciate it thanks.

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  6. I love this pattern. Howcwould i adjust it for my 3 and 5 year olds.

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    1. Hi Beth, sorry for the delay in replying. iv'e been thinking about your question. I don't have a pattern for the ages you need and I've only ever knotted this hat in 0-3 or 3-6 month size. My advice would be to measure the head of the child you want to knit for, then do some calculations as follows:

      The newborn hat is for 35cm heads and there are 78 stitches cast on. Therefore, each centimetre represents 2.2 stitches.

      So, If your child's head was, say, 45cm in circumference, you'd need to cast on 99 stitches (round this up or down to an even number, as you need an even number to get your crown decreases right).

      This is 22% increase in size from the newborn size. You can use this figure of 22% to help you increase the other areas as well.

      So, the seed stitch trim could be 5cm instead of 4.

      The stocking stitch area could be 6cm instead of 5cm.

      The crown decreases would be the most tricky part. You could use this online calculator to help you figure them out. You enter your number of stitches and it works it out for you:

      http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/knittingHat.html

      Hope this helps. Maybe one day I will knit this hat for my older kids (6 and 3) and I'll post the pattern properly. For now, the above is all I can recommend.

      I did see a rather lovely hat pattern today that looks quite similar to mine and comes in 5 sizes:

      http://www.purlbee.com/hats-for-everyone/

      I'm sure you could replace the wide-rib trim with seed stitch if that's the look you really want.

      Good luck and happy knitting!

      LM x

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  7. how would you adjust the pattern if you were using bigger needles? such as size 8 us. or 5mm

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  8. Ooops... i forgot to mention i only want the pattern for the mittens.... Sorry about that

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  9. Hi! I love your patterns- they are so easy to knit and to follow. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! May I ask if you have a matching bootee pattern for 0-3 months? (3-6 months would be brilliant too!)
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi - thanks for your comment. I don't have a bootie pattern, sorry. The one I use is on this site:

      http://www.morehousefarm.com/Original/Pattern/duJour/09/

      Only problem is they change the "free pattern of the day" every day, so the bootie pattern only comes up once in a while. You'd have to check there every day for a while until it comes up. They are Irish moss stitch booties, which look really good with the hat.

      Sorry I can't be of more help. Try a google search for "free patterns seed stitch booties" and see what comes up.

      Rachel :)

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  10. Finally a babay pattern that i like that doesnt require circular needles. I adjusted it so it had a rib trim instead of seed stitch and it came up just as gorgeous. thank you!!

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  11. Loved using this hat pattern. I made a few alterations and wrote about it on my pattern review blog!
    http://knittingpatternreview.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-mucky-macbooks-simple-hat.html

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  12. Absolutely loved this pattern , the hat and mittens have turned out lovely. thanks for the pattern :)

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Glad you liked the pattern and that your knitting worked out well :)

      Rachel

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  13. What does M1L mean?

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  14. Very cute, I will have to make this one

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  15. I love the patterns thank you very much!
    The only question I gave is about the mitts , how many to cast on for size 3-6 months old?

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  16. I love the hat pattern for the 3-6 months that has the moss stitch. Do you have the pattern for matching mittens for 3-6 months that uses the moss stitch? Thank you

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  17. Hi! As a new knitter, looking for a nice baby pattern, I just found your website. Love this hat and mittens! I am halfway through the hat and it's going very well.
    Thank you!
    Jessica from the Netherlands

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  18. Beautiful hat and mittens! I'm having an august baby this year, so I only knit the hat. Thank you for sharing the pattern on this one! I put a picture on my blog, and I linked to your blog for the pattern. Please let me know if you want me to remove it. http://inside-my-crazy-head.blogspot.no/2015/03/strikk-pa-en-kveld.html

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  19. Before you start the stockinette stitch, do you end on a k1, p1 row or a p1, k1 row?

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  20. Thanks very much for this easy baby hat on straight needles. I have just finished on in a multi coloured wool and it looks great.

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  21. When decreasing from 36 on row 27 I end up with 30 please could you tell me why thus would be . Thanks

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  22. I love the little hat and mittens, they're so cute. I've done some embroidery for my nephew using my new embroidery machine from sewingmakesmehappy.com but I think I want to start making him things he can wear, so I'm definitely going to be taking these techniques and sharing them around. Thanks for the post.

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  23. Pity I didn't know I had to offset the knits and purls from one row to the next for the seed pattern. I just have to teach myself these things. Lovely pattern

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  24. Hi,
    I have just made two cardigans with seed stich border and love your pattern for the seed stitch hat and mittens. I need to make a size for 12 months and another for a toddler. Can you help me? Thanks.

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  25. Hi.
    I also wanted to know if I could make it on straight needles. Thanks again.

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  26. Hi would using DK wool effect the sizing at all?

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Hi,

Thanks so much for your comments - I really appreciate them!

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