Free Pattern Friday – Knitted Hat & Pattern: Tie-Cord Baby Hat

Free knitting pattern – Newborn Tie-Cord Hat

This knit baby hat was my first venture into the world of DPNs.  After watching this Youtube video on how to knit with double pointed needles, I finally mastered the technique.  I had heard knitting with DPNs was equivalent to wrestling with an octopus, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be.  If you’ve never used big-bad (ooooh) DPNs before, try it.  I thought having to sew up circular knit projects when I was done was no big deal.  Wrong.  Knitting in the round on DPNs is so, so, so much better.  Try it… you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Free Pattern: Newborn Baby’s Knitted Tie Hat

Size: Newborn.  Finished hat measures 12″ in circumference and 5.5″ inches high, not including tie.


  • US size 8 (5.0mm) double pointed needles
  • ~75 yards worsted weight yarn
  • Darning Needle


CO 45

Knit in Stockinette Stitch (K every round) until hat measures 4″ from bottom.

Begin to decrease.

Round 1: (K3, K2tog) around

Round 2: (K2, K2tog) around

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2, decreasing until only 4 sts  remain.

Continue to K4 sts to form an i-chord that measures 6-7″.

Bind off.

Use Darning Needle to Sew in Ends.

Loosely knot i-chord at top of hat.

Laugh at all your other friends who knit this on straight needles and have to sew up the seam.

4 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday – Knitted Hat & Pattern: Tie-Cord Baby Hat

  1. Cathie White

    The Hat looks great! I’ve done several similar ones, knit from the top down. Start with the I-cord, then do the reverse of the decreases in the pattern—increase X times on every second round until you’ve got the required number of stitches, then knit until you’ve got just enough yarn left to cast off. Great for using up stash!

  2. Crystal


    Love the pattern…It turned out soooo cute!!! I would like to make a bigger one for a 1 year old and as I am a newbie knitter, just wondering if the pattern can be made bigger and if so any idea of how to do it???

    Many Thanks!!

  3. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Crystal – glad you’re enjoying the pattern. I think this knit i-cord baby hat could easily be scaled up to fit a 1 year old. Instead of CO 45 at the beginning, I’d CO 60 or so and follow the pattern, knitting until the hat measures 6 inches from bottom. Follow the instructions and decrease until 4 stitches remain, then work the i-cord for the top part of the hat. Shouldn’t be too hard at all! Best of luck – let me know how it turns out.

  4. Cheryl

    Thanks for the pattern, I made the newborn hat size, I’m very new to dpns, so this is a good pattern to practice with… I was a little confused on the decreased rounds when there were extra stitches at the end of a round, so I just knit them and started the next decrease directions on the next round. I made the icord with 6 stitches and made it shorter. The hat is 12″ circumfrence.

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