Back to Knitting — Free Easy Pattern

I knitted this hat for Clara from 1 skein of Lion Brand Nature’s Choice organic cotton yarn purchased at JoAnn with a 50% off black Friday coupon for just $3.25. Bargain! The hat was a quick and easy knit, and is the perfect weekend knitting project! I even had enough yarn leftover to crochet a small dishcloth. The pattern for the hat is below… and it’s free!

Free Toddler’s Hat Pattern by Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog!!

Finished hat is size 2T.

US size 9 knitting needles (5.5 mm)
1 skein Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton Yarn

1 yarn needle
Gauge: 16sts, 21 rows = 4″ x 4″ square


Cast on 64 stitches.

Knit 5 rows.

* Purl next row. Knit next row. Repeat from * until hat measures 9 inches in length. End on a purl row.

* Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to end of row.

* Purl 3, purl 3 together. Repeat from * to end of row. Do not cast off.

Leaving a long yarn allowance, cut yarn and thread the end through a yarn needle. Thread yarn through remaining stitches on knitting needle. Remove knitting needle and pull tightly. Sew side seam and finish off.

Clara has been wearing her new hat indoors and out! Next on the needles…. a hat for Emily!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Soooooo…. where's my hat?


  2. This is adorable!

  3. Cute hat!

  4. Sew Impatient says

    This is great! All I know how to knit is a straight line and really wanted to learn how to make a hat for my friends baby.
    I JUST learned how to purl(like 2 min ago) but I'm still so new at this, I'm wondering what this part means:
    Knit 6, knit 2 together to end of row.

    Purl 3, purl 3 together to end of row? Do you have a picture of this part? πŸ˜€

  5. I love hats like that. πŸ™‚

  6. Just Breathe says

    That is so pretty. I haven't knitted in years! (like 30) I think I need to do more than just sit here at my computer.

  7. Infant Bibliophile says

    Beautiful!! I wish I knew how to knit like that. I made my husband a scarf just before our son was born, but have never dared something round. Our little one can only wear cotton, because of eczema, and it's hard to find 100% cotton hats without fleece in them. Yours is adorable! We finally found one on sale tonight, but it has nothing on yours. πŸ™‚

  8. @ Sew Impatient — Oh, I think you could totally knit this hat! Knit 2 together means instead of inserting the needle through one stitch, you insert through 2 stitches at the same time. Knit as you usually do. Same for purl 2 together. πŸ™‚

  9. That hat is perfect and it looks so cute on her.

  10. Sew Impatient says

    Thanks Valerie! That makes sense now…
    I've knit a bit so far, and I'm not quite sure whats happening because only sometimes can I tell the difference between stitches, so maybe I'm not REALLY purling haha, but we'll see what happens πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the tip!

  11. Cottage Dreamers says

    How precious! I just learned to knit a couple of weeks ago, thanks to youtube. Of coarse I've only made a scarf so far but would like to move onto hats and someday sweaters! Love it!

  12. I've got to begin knitting again soon – winter time is such a lovely season to curl up & knit (& have a nearby cup of coffee…)