Friday, October 7, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern...Baby Bear Hat for Preemie, Newborn, and Baby!



Make a trip to your yarn stash for the perfect bear colored yarn and knit your little bear a cozy and super fast hat. Tuck the hat in with a new baby gift or make for your favorite charity. Instructions included for both preemie and newborn sizes.

Click here for larger sizes: Toddler/Child, Teen/Adult Woman, Adult Man

Materials:

  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (or your favorite worsted weight yarn) 
  • US10.5 Straight needles (for knitting flat)
  • US 10.5 Circular needles and set of 4 US 10.5 DPNs (for knitting in the round) 
  • Tapestry Needle 
Sizing:
  • Preemie
  • Newborn/Baby
Gauge:
  • 14 Stitches and 19 Rows = 4 Inches 
Abbreviations:
  • CO: Cast on 
  • BO: Bind off 
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together 
  • St st: Stockinette stitch 
  • WS: Wrong side 
Instructions for Hat (knitted flat):

CO 40 sts for preemie or 48 sts for newborn/baby, leaving a long tail for seaming up later.
Work in st st until hat measures 6” (both sizes) from CO edge, ending on a WS row.
Decrease (both preemie and newborn/baby):

Row 1: K2, K2tog across row
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, K2tog across row
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog across row

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Seam up the back of hat and weave in ends.

Instructions for Hat (knitted in the round):

CO 40 sts for preemie or 48 sts for newborn/baby, join in the round, being careful not to twist, PM
Work in st st (knit all rounds) until hat measures 6” (both sizes) from CO edge.

Decrease (both preemie and newborn/baby):

Row 1: K2, K2tog around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, K2tog around
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog around
Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly.

Instructions for Ears (make two):

Note: Ears are worked in garter stitch to make them nice and sturdy.

CO 6 sts (be sure to leave a long tail for attaching the ears later)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K2tog, knit 2 sts, k2tog (4 sts)
BO

Finishing:
Seam hat and stitch both ears to top of hat with tapestry needle and matching yarn. Weave in any ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


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87 comments:

  1. Love the pattern! So cute! But when decreasing the top of the hat, is Row 5 supposed to be K1, K2tog around? Because I have 13 remaining stitches there (newborn size). Thanks again for the pattern!

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  2. Hmmm...I'll have to check on that, thanks so much for pointing it out, I appreciate that. For now though, you could get away with the odd number of remaining because you can draw any number of stitches to finish the top. Thanks again for your eagle eye!

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  3. I am a new knitter and knitted my 20 year old son a hat, he recently asked me to knit him another one. I sent him to the Ravelry web site to pick out a hat and he fell in love with this one, but i have no idea how to alter it to fit him

    Is it possible for you to adjust the pattern to an adult size for me.
    Please e mail me at
    ronapie5@yahoo.com

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  4. Absolutely, I'll send you an email soon...

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  5. Hello! I am also a new knitter with a 7-month-old baby, a 4-month-old niece, and a 2-year-old niece. I'd love to make them all hats for Christmas this year, and love this one - so adorable! I think they would all love it! I'm just not sure how to adjust the pattern size for each of them. Would you be able to adjust the pattern for me, too? I think a 6-12 month size would work for the two babies, and a 2-year old size would be perfect for my older niece. You can email me at amyjaredyost@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  6. Hi! I have a light baby yarn that I would really like to use for this hat, it is a "light 3". Is there a way to alter this pattern to use this yarn for a newborn hat? The hat is so cute!

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  7. @ Amy I'm fiddling with the math and will email you soon!

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  8. @ktmarie71 the easiest thing would be to hold the yarn double...do you have anough yarn for that? If not, let me know, we'll figure something out!

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  9. Thanks so much for getting back to me so fast! I have only completed a few projects and am still learning, so forgive me. What does hold the yarn double mean? I have plenty of yarn. :). Thanks again for the pattern and your generosity of time figuring this out! I could always buy new yarn if needed. I just like the colors I currently have.

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  10. Would it be possible to also get the adult version of this adorable bear hat? Thanks so much...love your patterns. bfoag@hotmail.com

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  11. @ktmarie71 holding the yarn double just means to knit as you normally would but just hold two strands of yarn in your hand as you knit instead of one. The result will be a thicker loftier hat. Try doing that in a swatch as a sample first to see if you like it...

    Sometimes I will do this if I need thicker yarn too!

    Let me know if I can help in any other way and happy knitting to you!

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  12. @ ronapie & "anonymous" I send the modified adult sizing to your email addresses, please let me know if you have any questions...

    Happy knitting!

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  13. @ Amy Just sent you an email with other sizes...

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  14. Hi there! This is adorable. I'm hoping to make this for a nephew who's about 8months old. Do you think you could also send me the adjusted pattern for that size? I'm guessing it would be the same as what you sent Amy above? My email address is ms.jacob@gmail.com. Thank you SO SO much, I really appreciate it!

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  15. @ Ms.Jacob...just sent you an email, you are so welcome, and thanks to you for your kind words!

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  16. I'm new to knitting and have a question. For rows 1 and 3, do you k1(k2) once and then k2tog the rest of the row? Or do you alternate between k1(2) and k2tog for the whole row? Thanks in advance!

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  17. Thank you so,so much for sharing this pattern! This is only my third project but it turned out amazingly cute! My second son is due to be born March 4th and I can't wait to put him in this hat. Will start working on your bunny hat pattern for Easter very soon! Thanks again.

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  18. This is such a cute hat! I wanted to make this for a number of people in my family. Could you also send me the adjusted adult and small children sizes as well? wahleeanna@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

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  19. @ Megan T...You are so welcome! Congratulations to you!

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  20. @ anlambk1...you are absolutely correct, you want to alternate between...so you will knit the stitch(es) then knit two together, then knit the stitch(es) then knit two together and so on...keep repeating until the end of the row. Hope that helps! :-)

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  21. Hi! Do you think bulky (5) yarn would work if I used size 9 needles? I am planning to make a newborn size. Thanks!
    Jo

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  22. @ WD...Sending you a message and...done!

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  23. @ Anonymous...not really sure, the best thing to do would be to knit a swatch and see if you can get gauge, that way you can be absolutely sure.
    :-)

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  24. Hey, Jennifer! could you please send me adjusted sizing for a 2 year old? (maggs4408@hotmail.com) I love your patterns! Just made the bunny for a friend having a baby in April! Thanks again for sharing!

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    2. Done! I just put it on the blog for everyone! It can be found it the "Free Knitting Patterns" tab as well.

      :-)

      Here's the link too:
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/02/you-asked-for-it.html

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  25. Hey Jennifer, I also need an adjusted sizing for a 5 year old....such cute and not difficult patterns...YEAH! Could I get the bunny pattern adjusted to a 5 year old also? Many thanks!

    Janie

    janie_s2000@yahoo.com

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    1. Done! I just put the bear hat on the blog for everyone! It can be found it the "Free Knitting Patterns" tab as well.

      :-)

      Here's the link too:
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/02/you-asked-for-it.html

      PS you can use the bear hat pattern for the bunny hat, ears would be the same as the original bunny pattern.

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  26. Hi, I would love to make this hat for a a few of my friends that are about to have babies, but I'm quite new to knitting and I'm a little confused as to what yarn to use. I live in the UK could you recommend a brand and yarn that would be suitable for baby hats?
    Many thanks, Katie.

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    1. Hi Katie!

      Because this hat is knitted with US 10.5 needles, you can go slightly bulky...my advice would be to choose something worsted weight or thicker, and because it is for a baby, be sure it is soft. You can always do a test swatch to make sure it knits up nicely.

      If you are still having trouble picking some yarn out (not as familiar with where to get yarn in the UK), I used Lion Brand Natures Choice Organic Cotton (1 skein) which comes in beautiful soft earthy colors and is just the right amount of bulkiness without being overly so. You can totally order it online...I checked for you and they definitely ship to the UK :-)

      www.lionbrand.com

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  27. can this pattern be made in the round?

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    1. Yes!!! I just updated the pattern above with instructions...happy knitting to you!

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  28. The hat is soo cute! Would you send me the pattern for kids and adults, please? Thanks! Penny at penjonlis@aol.com

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    1. Hi Penny!

      The pattern is here on this site, I added a link to it just now on this pattern page, just scroll up and you'll see it...you can also find it archived in the "Free Knitting Patterns" tab at the top too.

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  29. I love your patterns! I am making this for a shoer gift, but sinxe we are going into spring/ summer here in california, i want to make a size 1. If you have adjusted this pattern for other sizes...can i get the different sizes? Thanks so much i appreciate it. I am on ravelry as sweetside. Thank-u!

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    1. Thanks! And, absolutely, the additional sizing is on this site already, just go to the "free knitting patterns" tab and scroll down.

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  30. hi im looking knit this hat in newborn size using double knit, have you any idea how much i would need in weight? i have a few odd balls and dont want to start it if ive not enough wool. many thanks

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  31. Found you on Pinterest. I'm making two of these hats for a friend. Could you possibly e-mail me a pattern for this in a 3 month old size? This is super cute! My e-mail is bearycute@gmail.com. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry, 4 month old, not a 3 month old.

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  32. Thank you for the perfect pattern! I just finished my first bear hat. It's so cute and I love it!

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  33. how do i print it

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    1. An easy way to print is to highlight needed text, select "copy" with your right mouse button, paste it to a Word document, and print.

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  34. i really love your patterns their wonderful and beautiful i am just finishing the bear hat it is looking beautiful i am looking for a very easy pattern for baby booties do you have one

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment! I don't have a pattern yet for baby booties...

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  35. help my ears are looking horrid what did i do wrong

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  36. when i was doing my ear my cast on ended at the top of the rite side of the ear so it looks wierd

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    1. Not sure why that would happen...are you using the same needle size and yarn as the hat? Did you omit or add anything to any of the rows? Let me know and we'll figure this out together!

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    2. no actually i went to the store and got the same yarn that you said and the rite deedles

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    3. It's me again i used size 10 needles

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    4. wait a minuet i did add i more row to make it bigger because it looked so small

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  37. I tried to make a preemie size on circular needles but it just ended up being a squarish piece of fabric.

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    1. When you began your first round did you join to make a circle? That might be why it was square?

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  38. Hi i have lots of 8ply wool could i use this and would i need to change the needle size looks like a very easy pattern and so cute.

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  39. I would love to make this for a 1 1/2 year old but how many stitchs will I start with,, aylishvowles37@googlemail.com

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    1. Sure! Check out the pattern (in the "free patterns" tab) called "Baby Bear for the Rest of Us" It has additional sizing beyond the newborn and preemie size.

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  40. hey um i am doing a simple ribbed hat for an adult with the natures choice organic cotton
    um do you no what amount of stitches i need or do you need the head size

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    1. Neat! If you're doing the hat for someone who is older than a newborn, check out the pattern "Baby Bear for the Rest of Us" It can be found in the "Free Knitting Patterns" at the top of this. Just click and then scroll to the bottom of that page. The pattern includes sizes ranging from baby to adult.

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  41. i am putting a request in for more animal hats like ladybug with antennas or a frog or any cute animal maby a monkey. Thanks

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  42. I AM ALSO A VERY LIMITED KNITTER THE HAT IS CUTE I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT WERE KNITTED STRAIGHT NEEDLES AS I DO NOT HAVE ROUND THE HAT IN SAY LIGHT BROWN AND THE INSIDE OF THE EARS A DARKKER COLOR BROWN. COULD THAT BE SIMPLY DONE? PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL D.DESPOSITO@VERIZON.NET THANKS MY NAME IS CAROL

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    1. Hi Carol, thanks for your question, in the pattern there are instructions for both flat and in the round, that way you can choose what you like best! Hope that helps...as for the ears,you could knit a lighter one and a darker one and stack them for a two tone effect perhaps?

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  43. How the heck do you download the pattern????

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    1. Hi, check out the response to the comment below...that should help.

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  44. this is so irrating that I use so much paper and ink printing out all the comments and don't get any instructions

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    1. If you would like to print out only the pattern, highlight the needed text, click the right mouse button, select "copy" then paste it to a word document. That way you only have what you want and you can print or save it too.

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  45. Hi there! I want to make this for my baby due in a few months as well as my 2yr old. I might also tackle another one for my niece who will be almost 12 months old. Could you provide me with this pattern for a 1 yr old and a 2 yr old? It's hard to knit when I've got a toddler running around, so I was very excited to find this easy pattern! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to hear from you. :)

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    1. Nevermind! I found my answer above. :) Thank you!

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    2. Oh good, glad you were able to find it! Thanks for your kind comment and have fun knitting for those precious little ones! :)

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  46. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable pattern! I am planning to knit up several of these for a local charity. Thank you again!

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  47. I made this hat in yellow for my friend's baby. Thanks so much for the pattern! It turned out great! :)

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    1. Yellow is so cheerful, what a lovely choice!

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  48. Ive just made three two for twin great nieces and one for my reborn doll they are lovely to knit thank you for the pattern xx

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  49. I love this hat. Is there anyway you could send me the pattern as you have adjusted it for 6-12 mo, toddler and child? I would love to make the hat in 3-4 sizes with different shades - cream, tan and brown. My e-mail is: jnorthouse@msn.com. Thanks again.

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    1. I'm so glad you asked! Here is the link to some additional sizes:

      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/02/you-asked-for-it.html

      Happy knitting to you!

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  50. Hey I'm trying to make the ears and I don't feel like Im doing it right. it looks SO small on my needles..and so loopy..am I doing something wrong?

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  51. hello i am a new knitter and trying to knit this hat how ever it is not working i get up to row 5 then what after that? please help x

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    1. do you mean row 5 of the decrease, having already knitted 6" straight? If so, just follow the next line instructions to finish off. If you have cast on 40 or 48 stitches and then followed rows 1 to 5, then I'm afraid you've missed out the stocking stitch 6", undo and start again:-(. Hope this helps. Jayne

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  52. Hello please get back to me in struggling with this a lot

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  53. thank you so much for the pattern. Holy hats batman..I can actually make these.Going to make them for the grandchildren and the local domestic abuse center.Thanks again and Happy Holidays

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  54. I need some help! I am a beginner knitter and I have no idea what it means to "decrease". I have the hat knitted all the way to that point but now I don't know what to do. Can someone help me with the next step?

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    1. Decrease is not an instruction, just letting you know what the next section does. So on the next row, K2, then K2 together, then repeat those stitches to the end. By the end you shold have lost a quarter of the stitches, so 30 for premmie, 36 for new born. Does that help?

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  55. I want to do a newborn and a baby one. But my yarn is super bulky. How much should I cast on for each. 40 looked too big but 20 looked too small.

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  56. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I have been using it to make premie hats for my local hospital. I have 15 done so far.

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  57. Just so adorable! Think I'm going to make this for my niece!

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  58. Hi there! I love this pattern and just about to start this project. I have been trying to source some yarn and came across Special Thick Worsted 100% Cotton Knitting Yarn.. would this be suitable or is it too thick? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

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