Are you one of those who don’t like to knit a swatch? I am! Wouldn’t it be nice to buy yarn, choose needles and start knitting a project right away?

That was my challenge when I designed this pattern. You start to knit from the tip and you stop when the hat fits the head of the wearer.

Bebeguin : Knit a hat without checking your gauge

Yarn, needles and notions

  • Any yarn (merino, alpaca, cotton, etc.)
  • 4 double pointed needles AND a circular needle 16» / 40 cm long. Choose a needle size right for your yarn (check your yarn label for needle size suggestion).
  • 4 markers
  • A tapestry needle to weave in ends

Skills required

Bebeguin, a free knitting pattern


Cast-on stitches

Cast-on 8 stitches on double pointed needles. Join in round making sure you don’t twist your stitches. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 1 : knit 1, place marker, kfb, knit 1, kfb, place marker, knit 1, place marker, kfb, knit 1, kfb.

Note : this round is the hardest, it gets easier!

Knit the hat

Round 2 : knit all stitches.
Round 3 : *knit 1, slide marker, kfb, knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, slide marker* repeat from * to *.

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until desired size. Switch to circular needle when your stitches doesn’t fit on double pointed needles anymore.


Bind-off stitches using the i-cord bind-off. If you want to use a contrasting colour for the bind-off, make sure you knit the last round of your hat with this new colour before binding-off, otherwise both colours will get mixed in the i-cord bind-off. Sew the last 3 stitches with the beginning of the i-cord.

Knit 2 i-cords long enough to attach under the chin of the child. Sew the i-cords on the hat.

You knitted this hat? Show me pictures on Ravelry, or Instagram using #bebeguin and #maudedesign!
free hat knitting pattern for baby and kids

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