Friday, March 2, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern! Baby In Bloom Hats




Baby In Bloom
By Jennifer Dickerson

Baby in Bloom is the ultimate all purpose baby hat pattern. Knitted in fresh springy colors, with a simple knitted flower or two, they make lovely gifts for babies of all ages. Knitting one in each size for baby's first year makes a thoughtful baby shower gift too!

Hats shown with blooms, but easily customizable with more or less blooms, or no bloom if knitting for a baby boy. Worked quickly with US 10.5 needles, this pattern is great for charity knitting too!
Picture examples shown here are knit with worsted weight yarn, but feel free to experiment with other yarn weights or luxury yarns for gift giving. Pattern includes instructions for hat, large bloom and small bloom, and includes directions for both knitting in the round and for knitting flat.

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in bright cheerful colors (note: if knitting for charity, be sure to use a machine washable yarn, as most hospitals will sterilize them) 
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) straight needles (if knitting flat) 
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) circular needles and set of 4 US 10.5 DPNs (for knitting in the round) 
  • Tapestry Needle 
Gauge
  • 14 Stitches and 19 Rows = 4 inches 
Sizing:
*Note: Hat is very stretchy and fits a variety of heads, but be sure to check head circumference first to ensure best fit. 
  • Preemie 11”-12” Circumference 
  • Newborn/Baby 14”-16” Circumference 
  • Toddler/Child 17”-19” Circumference 
Abbreviations:
  • CO - Cast On (I used the long tail cast on and left an extra long tail for seaming up later for the flat version. 
  • BO - Bind off (knitwise) 
  • KFB - Knit front and back of stitch 
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together 
  • PM-Place Marker 



Instructions:

Hat (Knitted Flat Version):

CO 40 (48, 56) sts (leave an extra long tail for seaming up later)
Work 6 rows of K2 P2 ribbing
Switch to stockinette until hat measures 5 (6, 6.5) inches from CO edge.

Decrease:

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 and weave in ends.



Hat (Knitted In the Round Version):

CO 40 (48, 56) sts
Join in the round, being careful not to twist, PM
Work 6 rows of K2 P2 ribbing
Switch to stockinette (knit all rows) until hat measures 5 (6, 6.5) inches from CO edge.

Decrease:

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

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches, pull tightly, and weave in ends.



Large Bloom:

CO 5 sts.
Row 1: KFB each st (10 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: KFB each st (20 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: KFB each st (40 sts)
BO and attach to hat.

Small Bloom:

CO 3 sts.
Row 1: KFB each st (6 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: KFB each st (12 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: KFB each st (24 sts)
BO and attach to hat.



© 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!
  

76 comments:

  1. Hello! I love your hats! I made one of these for my niece and everyone loves it. how many stitches would you suggest for a 5 year old? I tried 88 it was too many would 65 or 75 be too many? thank you for this site you have really inspired me!

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    1. Hi Sarah!

      Thank you, you are so very kind! For a five year old, I would try casting 72 stitches...then decrease as indicated in the pattern.

      Hope that helps! Happy knitting to you!!!

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    2. awesome thank you!!! i already made my second one everyone loves them and I give all the credit to you!

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    3. SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD MAKE AS CUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT!

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  2. Have you tried this hat for adults? what would you cast on?

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    1. I haven't done this for adults yet...I'll have to see, stay tuned!

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    2. That's what I've just come on to ask

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  3. Super cute!!!! Looks so easy too! :)

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  4. I am in the process of making 2 of these hats, one for a preemie and one for a newborn. I LOVE your flowers and they seem very easy to knit, however how do I attach them to the hat? Thank in advance

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    1. To attach them to the hat, I just used a tapestry needle and a length of yarn and sewed them right on. :-)

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  5. Just wanted to share that in your pattern for knitting in the round it states to do stockinette stitch but then in parentheses it says to knit every row. Maybe this is why the above commenter was having troubles. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment...to achieve stockinette stitch in the round, you have to knit every round, otherwise if you did a knit/purl sequence in the round, it would yield a garter stitch pattern...quite the opposite from knitting flat. :-)

      I always give that little reminder when I have a pattern with instructions for both flat and in the round:

      Stockinette stitch in the round: Knit all rows
      Stockinette stitch flat: Knit one row, purl one row, repeat until desired length.

      Thanks again!!! :-)

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  6. I tried printing this using the 'Print' button at top. So far it's about 15 pages of mostly blank pages (10-15 pages blank except for the title of the pattern at the top of the page and the url at the bottom.), comments and ads before I get to the pattern. The actual pattern only took 6 out of 15 pages, so the rest was wasted paper and ink, imho. Is there a way to 'save' just the pattern to pdf, so that I don't waste all that ink and paper printing out the 'extra' that I don't need? I tried to cut and paste it and that didn't work either. I like the pattern but wanted to save it to my hard drive for later. Too many UFOs right now. I wanted to do it later when I have finished some of my unfinished projects.

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    1. Hi Gloria,

      An easy way to print only what you need is to just highlight needed text, click the right mouse button and select copy, and then paste it to a blank word document. That way you can print only what you need and save it on your computer too.

      Hope that helps! :-)

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    2. I did the same thing! Please make your article more priter friendly! As most things that have a print pg on the top that is all it prints!
      Thank you
      Marlene

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    3. Hi Marlene,

      Try doing what I suggested for Gloria in the above comment...that should help.

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    4. Just ask it to print page 1-6 or how many pages the pattern covers, all I need was pages 1-4 for the pattern.

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  7. Hello! LOVE the hats!! My question, as I am new to knitting- what is the name of the yarn that you used?

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    1. Thank you so much! When I knit for charity (where the hats get sterilized) or new babies (who have tired mommies who don't want to hand wash anything)...I always use an easy to wash yarn...for these I used Vanna's Choice Baby, and I think maybe Red Heart Solids for one or two...the flower is not so important because it won't be against baby's head, but the two yarns I mentioned are surprisingly soft when washed.

      From personal experience, these two yarns have held up to many, many washings, other brutal conditions... :)

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  8. Which string did you use to seam up the hat? The cast on string or the top of the hat string?

    And, if you didn't use the cast on string did you simply weave it into the ribbed portion of the hat? Thanks in advance!

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    2. An easy way to seam up the hat is to leave a long tail when casting on your stitches...that way you can use it to seam up the back of the hat later. If you don't have a long enough tail you could always just tie a piece of yarn on and sew it up that way. Either way would work. Then just weave in any loose ends. Good luck!

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    3. I use both ends when knitting up hats. I start stitching at the top and stitch half way, then weave the end back into the sewn stitches, then I go to the cast on end and start stitching to meet up - that way I can see if there might be a problem of the edges not meeting up

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  9. I am having a horrible time trying to KFB . . . , please help! My grandaughter was born on the 16th of this month and I am knitting her a hat for the warmer weather. The hat is finished, but I can't figure out how to knit front back. Thanks! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hat!

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    1. Hi!!

      Just put a post today just for you on how to KFB (knit into the front and back of a stitch)...it is a photo tutorial, so hope it helps!

      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-knit-into-front-and-back-of.html

      Happy knitting to you and congratulations on your granddaughter!!!!

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    2. If you are unable to follow the link above to the post, just copy and paste into your address bar... :-)

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  10. Thank you for a wonderful pattern. I started out with a flat hat, but did not like how the seam looked...so I taught myself, with the help of you tube, to knit in the round. I found your instructions extremely clear. I have made 6 hats in the last 4 days. Love them! Thanks again for your adorable pattern!
    Mary

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    1. You are so welcome! Wow, you've been busy, so exciting too that you've learned to knit in the round too!

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  11. I just found your pattern on pinterest and am excited to try it for my granddaughter. Thanks for a great pattern!!

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    1. Thanks! Your granddaughter will love it!

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  12. This is a fantastic pattern! I was just wondering if the decrease is supposed to be the same for all three sizes. Does it just gather more on the toddler size opposed to the newborn size?

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    1. Yes, the decrease it still the same for all of the sizes. It would gather just a bit more...to see an example, check out another pattern of mine called the "Cotton Candy Toddler Hat" It has a similar decrease and is toddler sized so you can see what it looks like. It uses a different needle size, but still a similar decrease and overall look.

      The pattern is in the "Free Knitting Patterns" tab at the top. Hope that helps!!!

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  13. Hi I was wondering are you using a single strand to knit or two held together? Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. The hats shown are made with a single strand...you could experiment with a swatch with two strands, just be sure the gauge works out for you. :)

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  14. These hats are so cute and your instructions are right on. I'm making chemo caps for a local support group and I know they always need hats for the young ones. These will be used with great care and love. Thank you for sharing...the pattern is pretty much identical to one my mother created for me to knit a beanie for my dad many, many years ago. So nice "finding" it again. My mom could pretty much figure anything out knit wise; wish I could do that! Thanks agin

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    1. Sounds lovely, what a special person you are to give of your time so lovingly. The world needs more people like you!!!

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  15. My suggestion for copying any pattern with other artwork on page is to highlight and copy, then paste onto notepad - that will only pick up the text and not everything else. Then you can paste that into a word document and go back and copy picture of item for reference. Hope it works for you.

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  16. I really enjoyed knitting these little hats. I used a smaller gage and made some cute premie hats and wrote about the pattern on my blog!
    http://knittingpatternreview.blogspot.com/2013/02/jennifer-dickersons-baby-in-bloom-hats.html

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    1. Thank you Missy, they are very cute! I noticed you mentioned that they are a little small, perhaps going up to the 10.5 needle size might help?

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  17. Hi, I was wondering if this pattern would work with the new soft chunky yarns?
    Thank you

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    1. That sounds like it would be very pretty! I would recommend doing a little swatch with that yarn to be sure it looks how you want it to look and that you're getting gauge.

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  18. When knitting the newborn size what size cable do you use in the round? Or do you use the magic loop method? Thanks :)

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    1. Because the hats are so tiny, I usually use a 16 inch circular, then switch to DPNs for the crown decrease, or you could always knit it flat and seam it up too. :)

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  19. I found bamboo knitting needles at a knitting shop brand name KA (Kinki Amibari)and they make a circular needle that is only 9 inches. A friend bought it but found it too frustrating to use so she has loaned it to me. While it does take a bit of patience I love it for making small baby hats that require a circular needle as I had the problem that others have found, not enough stitches to go around a 16 inch circular. Maybe someday I will learn the magic loop method but for now this works for me.

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    1. Very neat! I have only seen the 16 in size, otherwise I just use DPNS. I will definitely have to find one of these! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  20. I teach knitting to a class of 5th graders. This is such a simple but CUTE CUTE hat, they're ready to knit up a bunch. The flowers add the just right touch to express themselves with interesting colors. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!

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    1. Sounds like so much fun! So glad you like the pattern too! :)

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  21. I found some 12 inch circulars and they are perfect for these small hats. I make them for our local hospital and that is all I use with dpn to finish.

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    1. I love those too! They make it so much faster and less fiddly. They are kind of hard to find though, usually I can only find the 16 inch size.

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  22. I am trying to make these and I cannot get my gauge to come out 14 stitches only make 3 in. wide with both the 10.5 and 11 needles. What is wrong?

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    1. Thanks for your question! Are you using the same/similar yarn? Sometimes that makes a big difference. Tension can sometimes make differences in gauge...I would keep experimenting with different sized needles until it comes out the size you need. Good luck!

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  23. Wait... i am confused. how do you get a flat piece into a hat?

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    1. Hi Sacia! You can knit a hat flat and seam up the back when you are finished.

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  24. In knitting the flat version, when doing row 5 of the decrease, there is an odd number of stitches, so I am unable to knit 2 together across the row. is it just me? i undid my work and redid it but ended up with the same result.

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    1. Hi Linda! Not sure what happened, but if you are off by just one stitch, it won't really affect the sizing. I would probably just keep going, but of course it is totally up to you! :)

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    2. Not sure why it's not working for me. Before the decrease, I have 48 st on my needle. After the R1 of the decrease, I get 25 and after R3 I get 13, so i end up with 13 stitches in R5. Does that make sense? I'm not sure where i messed up.

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  25. I am a beginner with a baby girl on the way, and I absolutely love this pattern!! Very easy to follow! Just wanted to thank you for posting. :)

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    1. Congratulations! Isn't knitting for babies wonderful? :)

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  26. This hat is adorable! I knit the flat version and have no difficulties finishing the project (seaming at the back of the hat). The measurements given for the mid-sized hat are accurate. I have already made two of them for my granddaughter and she looks so cute in them. Thank you for the post, Jennifer.

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    1. You are very welcome, and thank you for your kind comment!

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  27. Hi Jennifer...thank you for your lovely hat patterns, they are so lovely...I would like to knit one for my 5 yr old, as you mentioned above you suggested CO 72 stitches...will I still be working 6 rows of K2,P2 ribbing and is there any other changes as I'll be increasing the size?? I will be following the flat knit pattern as it's easier for me, DPNS scare me lool
    Apologies for the possible silly question, I really am a beginner and need it in layman's terms.
    Thank you for your time.
    ;)

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    1. P.s
      I am from UK, are sizes etc different to US? I know they are when using crochet patterns?
      ;)
      Selina

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  28. Hi! I'm so looking forward to knitting some of these sweet hats. Thank you for posting the pattern! I have a silly question though, as I'm a super beginner and new to knitting in the round: what size does the length of cord have to be for the circular needles? Will the 10.5 with a 16" work for the toddler size hat? Thanks for your help, and thanks again for the pattern!

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    1. a 16" inch circular should be fine, happy knitting!

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  29. Hi, beautiful easy pattern. My daughter is a Labor and Delivery Nurse and asked me to make some baby hats as they were running short and donations have been lacking lately....I came across this pattern one afternoon and made the first five, I love your pattern, I used both methods. The flowers are the just the right finish for baby girls, and add some color bands for the baby boys! Thank you so much for the pattern.

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    1. Awesome! So nice of you to make these for others too. :)

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  30. Would love to make this hat for an 18" doll. Can you give suggestions for number of stitches to cast on and any other necessary changes?

    Thank you

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  31. Love thd hats soooo cute, and love the site, thank you

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  32. how many stitches for ladys hat

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  33. I was wondering if you could make a way to print this pattern without having it print the entire website and pictures. Like a pdf or something so I can give it to my church friends. We make hats for parents who have lost their baby and want something to remember them by. Thanks.

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    1. Yes! Just scroll to the bottom of the post and look for the "print friendly" button. Click on it and it will give you the option of PDF, you can also remove the images to save on printer ink too if you like. Hope that helps and continue with the awesome work you are doing for others, that is wonderful. :)

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