Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week Eleven: Zee Baby Hat

For those of you keeping score at home, I did get this pattern up on Rav late last night, but was unable to make a blog post because Z woke up with a fever, and, well, baby trumps blog.

I have this problem with hats for children: I can never get them to come out the right size. Two years ago, I attempted to make my then-2-year-old niece a hat for her birthday. I would sneak the finished objects onto her head when we went to visit her parents. Twice I made hats that were too small; finally, with no scheduled visits left before her birthday, I knitted two hats in two different sizes, praying that one or the other would fit. One fit her; the other fit her father.

While I was pregnant with Z, I knit her what I thought was a tiny baby hat. I'm still waiting for her to grow into it.

If only I'd made a way to adjust the hats that are too large, so the babies could wear them through more than one winter...

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Zee is a striped baby hat that cinches with a drawstring rather than ribbing, allowing the fit to be adjusted slightly as the baby grows. It can be knit either with fingering-weight yarn held double or with worsted-weight yarn.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 150 yards each of two different fingering-weight yarns OR 75 yards each of two different worsted-weight yarns for best results. (Pictured: Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo & Ewe in Purple – light fingering, 1 skein / 60g / 262 yards, 55% wool/30% nylon/15% rayon from bamboo, held double; and Red Heart “Heart & Sole” in Ivory – light fingering, 1 skein / 50g / 213 yards, 70% superwash wool/30% nylon, held double).

  • US size 5 16” circular needle
  • 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
  • 4 stitch markers
  • crochet hook suited to your chosen yarn (optional)
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 20 sts / 32 rows in stockinette
Sizing: The finished circumference of the hat is approximately 18 inches, which will fit the average 12-month-old. The drawstring allows the hat to be cinched slightly to fit smaller heads.


  1. Love it, looks easy and the adjustable drawstring is a great idea, thanks for sharing.

  2. yardsailor - Thank you! Hope you like it!

  3. "One fit her; the other fit her father." Ha ha, you went from hats fitting no one to hats fitting two people! I think this is a win win. Love this hat!