How to Knit a Baby's Sailor Hat

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Seaside Baby Knits (The Taunton Press, 2015) is available for purchase in our online store.
Photo: Alexandra Grablewski

Excerpted from Seaside Baby Knits (The Taunton Press, 2015) by Debby Ware, this classic hat design is just what your little sailor needs when you're at the pier admiring the boats.

Small: 14-inch circumference
Large: 18-inch circumference
Figures for larger size are given in parentheses.
Where only one set of figures appears, the directions apply to both sizes.

DK weight smooth yarn
The hat shown is made with S.R. Kertzer Super 10 Cotton: 100 percent mercerized cotton, 4.4 ounces
(125 grams)/250 yards (228.6 meters)

60 (80) yards S.R. Kertzer Super 10 Cotton
#0004 White
25 (30) yards S.R. Kertzer Super 10 Cotton
#3997 Scarlet
10 yards S.R. Kertzer Super 10 Cotton #3873

16-inch U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle
Four U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles
Two stitch markers
Tapestry needle

22 stitches = 4 inches

Hat Base
With circular needles and Scarlet, CO 80 (100) sts. Place a st marker on right needle and, beginning Rnd 1, join CO sts together making sure that sts do not become twisted on needle. P2 rnds. Cut Scarlet and attach White. K all rnds until entire piece measures 2 inches.

Ridge Round
With White, P1 rnd. Continue to knit all rnds until entire piece measures 4 inches. Turn work "inside out," folding the piece at Ridge Rnd. The Scarlet cast-on rim should now be at the top of your work. At the stitch marker, turn work and begin to knit. K4 (2) rows. Place a second marker halfway around work at 40 (50) sts.

Decrease Rounds
Continue with White, making the following decs on this and every row: *Knit to 2 sts before first marker, K1, sl 1, psso, sl marker, K2tog. Knit to 2 sts before second marker, K1, sl 1, psso, sl marker, K2tog*. Rep from * to * every rnd, placing sts on dpns when necessary until 38 (50) sts rem. Place rem sts onto 2 dpns-19 (25) sts on each needle. Using Three-Needle Bind-Off (see below), BO rem sts.

Weave in all loose ends on wrong side of work. Using Duplicate Stitch (see below) and the photo as a guide, create an anchor decoration on the front of the hat or all around brim, if desired.


Three-Needle Bind-Off
With right sides of work facing each other, hold needles parallel in your left hand, with the same number of sts on each needle. Hold the third needle in your right hand. *Insert third needle knitwise into both the first st on the needle closest to you and the first st of the back needle. K those 2 sts together. That st is now on the right needle.* Repeat from * to *. Using the tip of one of the needles in your left hand, pass the first st worked over the second st to bind off. Repeat across the row.

Duplicate Stitch

duplicate stitch Thread a tapestry needle with the desired color yarn. Bring the needle through from the WS of the work to the base of the knit st you wish to cover with a duplicate st on the front side. Insert the needle directly under the base of the knit st that lies above the st you wish to cover. Bring the needle down and insert it at the base of the same knit st. Bring the tip of the needle out at the base of the next st you wish to cover and repeat this process until you have covered all the desired sts in the design.

For more baby hat projects, be sure to buy your copy of Seaside Baby Knits

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