Knitting is a lot of fun, and can be a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. A little time and patience is all that is required to learn how to knit. Knitting baby items is a great way to give both the mother and baby a useful item as well as an adorable keepsake. These knitted baby hats are so cute they make a great beginner project. This project is not geared toward children and is best suited for adults.
What You'll Need:
Yarn (Use Yarn That Has a Lot of Stretch for This Project)
Pair of Knitting Needles (Larger Needles are Easier to Use)
Sewing Needle with an Eye Large Enough for the Yarn
Start by making a loop of yard around one needle. Tie it into a double knot to hold the loop on the needle. Holding the needle in your left hand, bring the yard from the needle under the forefinger of your right hand. Loop it around your finger and let the yarn hang between your body and your finger, behind the piece of yarn on the needle.
Take the needle in your left hand, and bring the needle tip through the loop on your right forefinger. Run it along your finger from the bottom to the tip of your finger. Using the needle, pull the yarn off your finger. You should have a loop of yarn on the needle in your left hand now. Continue doing this until you have 30 loops on the needle. Don't count the first loop you tied on the needle in step one. This design is for a newborn baby, so if you're making this for an older baby, you may have to adjust the number of loops to accommodate the larger head.
Once you have all the loops on your knitting needle, take the other needle and hold it in your right hand. Bring the tip of the right needle through the first loop on the left needle (the loop closest to the tip) in the same fashion as you did with making the loops on your finger. Stick the needle through from the back of the loop.
Wrap the yarn around the right needle by bringing it under the needle, and then around the needle to make a loop. Bring the loop on both needles over the loop just made with yarn, and pull it off the left needle. It should leave you with a loop on the right needle attached to the yarn on the left needle.
Don't pull the yarn too tightly, or it will be difficult to get the needle through the next row. Also, try to keep the stitches evenly tightened to make the finished hat look more uniformed. Continue until you have knitted all the loops on the left needle, including the one tied on the needle.
Repeat the steps until you have about 5" of knitted material hanging from the needle. Once you have 5" of knitted yarn, you want to "finish it" by knitting two loops at a time until you only have one loop left on the needle. Run the needle through two loops, wrap the yarn around from the bottom, and pull both loops over the yarn and off the first needle. This last loop will be the point of the hat. Cut the yarn, leaving just enough to tie into a knot. Try to leave about 2" or 3".
Slide the last loop off the needle carefully, so it doesn't unravel. Run the piece of yarn through the loop and pull it tight. Cut away the excess yarn. To make the hat round, hold the sides of the knitted material together, and using a straight stitch, sew the seam together. To do this, thread the sewing needle with yarn, and then, working in an "in and out fashion", sew the seams together. Tie a knot when finished and cut any excess yarn.
Turn your knitted baby hat right side out, and enjoy your work.