One of the greatest pleasures of knitting is in the gifting.  We love making and giving things to people in our lives that we care about.  Handmade items are infused with love and caring and it makes the giver and the receiver feel cared for and appreciated.  Recently one of our friends told us about an effort she's involved in in Africa to provide new mothers with baby caps for their newborns.  Her colleague in this effort will be traveling to Africa next month and I would love to be able to give her some caps to take with her.  I thought this would be a great way for us to give-- it's a small effort that would mean so much.  Next Wednesday, March 2nd at Knit Night I will have 2 free patterns for baby hats, we will teach you to knit a hat if you don't know how, and all the Cash Vero, Dolly and Baby Night yarn will be 20% off. 

The pattern for the knit-in-the-round hat is included in this blog post, but will be available for you next Wednesday at the shop.  I have a pattern for a flat hat too in a knitted and crocheted version.  If you'd prefer that one, you can pick it up anytime.

Feel free to bring appropriate yarn for a baby hat if you have some you'd like to use and the right size needles.

This hat is from Nona Knits She has a wonderful website and I've stolen the title of this blog post from her pattern.

Welcome to the World Hat
To Fit
Newborn Baby 
Finished Size
Circumference: 11.25 inches; Height: 5.5 inches
This pattern is written for two gauges:
  • 20 stitches in 4 inches if using worsted weight yarn
  • 22 stitches in 4 inches if using DK yarn
Yarn & Needles
When choosing your yarn, remember that most programs ask for non-wool yarn and prefer blue and pink.
  • Worsted Weight -- any yarn with a gauge of 18 – 20 stitches in 4 inches.   Approximately 55 yards required.  Use US 6 double pointed needles (or size required to get a gauge of 20 stitches in 4 inches).
  • DK Weight --  any yarn with a gauge of 22 – 24 stitches in 4 inches.  Approximately 60 yards required.  Use US 5 double pointed needles (or size required to get a gauge of 22 stitches in 4 inches).
k2tog -- knit two stitches together
Please Note:  When two numbers are given, the first number is for worsted weight yarn and the second number in []’s is for DK weight yarn.

Cast on 56 [64] stitches onto 3 needles as follows:  16 [16] stitches onto needle one, 16 [24] stitches onto needle two, and 24 [24] stitches onto needle three.

Join into the round, being careful not to twist. 

Round 1:  *k2, p2* to end of round.
Work in 2x2 ribbing by repeating Round 1 until hat measures 1.5 inches from cast on edge.
Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) and continue until hat measures 4.5 inches from cast on edge.

Crown Shaping
Decrease top of hat as follows:
Round 1: *k6, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 49 [56] stitches remaining
Round 2: *k5, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 42 [48] stitches remaining
Round 3: knit
Round 4: *k4, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 35 [40] stitches remaining
Round 5: *k3, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 28 [32] stitches remaining
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *k2, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 21 [24] stitches remaining
Round 8: *k1, k2tog* repeat to end of round => 14 [26] stitches remaining
Round 9: *k2tog* repeat to end of round => 7 [8] stitches remaining
Break off yarn.  Using blunt needle, thread yarn through stitches and pull to tighten.  Weave in all ends.
Thank you Carol, and Nona and all of you for participating in this project.