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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.


  • Cathie White

    July 15, 2011

    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!

  • Crystal

    October 1, 2011


    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!!

  • JJCrochet

    October 2, 2011

    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.

  • Cheryl

    September 25, 2013

    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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