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Knit Receiving Blanket/Knit Baby Hats COMBO: Part 2

Okay, part 2 is here.
Did you see the knit baby blanket tutorial yesterday (found here)?
Well, here is a great way to complete a little baby set…….by adding a simple,
yet cozy, knit baby hat.  Or, hmmmm, maybe 3!
knit baby blanket and baby hats tutorial
The hats are made from cotton interlock knit…..so they are perfectly stretchy and comfy.
knit baby blanket and baby hats tutorial
And while making one,why not make a couple more?
knit baby blanket and baby hats tutorial
And don’t forget the fluffy little knit flowers.  Yummy, right?
knit baby blanket and baby hats tutorial
If you’re making these for boys, you could applique a shape or a name right there on the front too.  Just as cute.
But those girls, they need some flowers!
Did you make the blanket from yesterday already?
Or at least buy/order some knit?
If not, hurry it up………you’ll love how both of these projects turn out.
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Ready to make some little knit hats?
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Before getting started, keep in mind……that the shape of these hats are one dimensional.  But because they are knit, they will stretch and the proper hat shape will form as you slide them over those little baby heads.  So while making your own size, remember to make them smaller than the actual head so that they will stretch and the side seam won’t look like a side seam across the top of their head.  Make sense?
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As mentioned in the baby blanket tutorial from yesterday, I found my knit here.  But the colors I selected are gone.  (So in case you want to search for it elsewhere, the fabric is Michael Miller Interlock Knit.  Designer: Patty Young.)
First, I pre-washed my knit. (Why prewash? Read this post.) Then, I used an old knit hat from when my little girl was a tiny baby, as a pattern.  I placed the hat on top of 2 layers of the knit and cut around it, adding a 1/4 inch on all sides.  (But the height from top to bottom isn’t as tall as this entire hat.  If you look at a knit hat like this from the inside, the main hat section doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom.  The fold creates some of the height.  The finished hat is about 5 inches tall…….but the main hat section is only about 4 of those 5 inches.  You’ll understand what I’m talking about later on in this tutorial.)
I made my hats a size 0-3…….and are assuming they’ll fit just fine.  I patterned them after the light pink hat shown above, which is a Carters hat, size 0-3 months.  So hopefully they will fit just fine a few weeks after she’s born……and will still fit for a few months.  The knit will allow for some great stretch, so I’m not too worried.
**If any of you are interested in the size 0-3 months, here is a sketch of the pattern I used.  I didn’t include the outline of the bottom fold of the hat because it’s just a rectangle.  And the circles are for the flowers later on.  But click on the image below, save it to your computer, copy and paste it to a document with the margins set to zero, and print it out.  I shared the dimensions below, so that you can verify if your printer is printing it out at the right size.  But keep in mind, this was a quick sketch, and is imperfect.  I just thought it would help to use as a guide.  (You’ll have to adjust for making smaller or bigger hats.)  And please don’t use this to sell hats or the pattern.  This is for personal use only.  Thanks!
So next, I cut out 2 of the main hat pieces and then cut a rectangle piece that was 5 1/2 inches x 14 1/2 inches.
**Make sure that the stretch of the knit is going left to right……so if you hold the pieces below on the left side and right side and pull apart, the pieces will stretch.  It doesn’t need to stretch top to bottom.  This will give the hat the proper fit on the head.**
Next, place the 2 hat pieces right sides together, and sew along the top curved edge, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then fold the rectangle in half with right sides together and sew the two 5 1/2 inch ends together.
**I used a serger but you can still do this project with a regular sewing machine.  Try using a zig-zag stitch (or check out this stitch here) and make sure to always lift and adjust your presser foot, to make sure you are not pulling or stretching your fabric too much.  Then iron/steam your seams to shrink the knit back up.
Then, fold the tube in half down inside itself, creating a more narrow tube, with the right side of the fabric facing out.
Then slide the tube down inside of the main hat piece (which is still inside out), with the raw edges lined up with the raw edges of the hat.
Pin the 3 raw edges together, all the way around the bottom of the hat.
Then zig-zag or serge in place.
Next, turn the hat right side out, and slide your iron inside of the hat the iron that seam upwards, along with pressing that bottom fold flat.  Then rotate the hat and continue pressing that seam upwards and the fold flat.
And since we’re talking about ironing/steaming, I always, always, always steam/iron my knit……..which kind of shrinks the knit back into place after sewing.  Even after a plain old seam like the ones above.  (Keep in mind, you don’t want to iron like you do with a wrinkly cotton and pull your hot iron across your fabric.  You just want to place the iron down and let the steam shrink it up.  Then move the iron and repeat.)
Next, fold up the bottom of the hat about 1 1/2 inches (maybe a tad more) and iron the fold in place.
Then I used a needle in thread to tack the fold in place, along both side seams of the hat.  (Need help with hand-stitching?  Click here.)
Onto the flowers.
If you’re using the pattern pieces from above, cut out 5 knit flowers from the larger circle and 4 knit circles from the smaller circle.
Start with your bigger circles and fold them in half, and then in half again.
Arragen 4 of them on top of the fifth circle, creating one full circle of folded circles.
Now, either hand stitch those little corners in the center to the base piece, or use your sewing machine.  Be careful if using your sewing machine, to not pull the fabric too much.  You want to keep the pieces in a circle shape.
Then fold your 4 smaller circles the same way and place them on top of the larger circles.  But offset them a bit, so the folds aren’t lined up exactly.
Stitch the centers in place the same way as you did above, but sew a little further out this time……to help keep the petals down a bit.  (Sew through all of the layers while attaching these top circles.)
Then attach the flower right to the brim of the hat with a needle and thread, making sure to make several stitches to secure the flower to the hat.
And that’s it.
Now make a few more.  Keep some.  Gift some.  Enjoy them all.

 

Don’t miss part one of this tutorial and make the knit receiving blanket!

Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It and Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    I am SO in love with these- it actually makes me wish I had a tiny little baby right now!

  2. Ashley says:

    Anonymous….using the pattern/tutorial to then gift away the projects for shower gifts is perfectly fine. In fact, I hope you all do! :) I just ask that my ideas and patterns aren't used for profitable gain. I come up with them and share them for fun……not to aid others in selling them in their own shops. Hope that makes sense. (I'm sure people still will, but I still like to remind readers what these projects are meant for.) I have a lot of fun creating items to give everyone an excuse to create……not to sell and make money off of it. And yeah, the hats look like ones in the store. And that's exactly where I got the idea……just like shown in the first step of the tutorial. I apologize if it seemed like I was territorial about the hat concept……but no, I didn't create the idea of the hat shape. I only tried to re-produce it with a little flair and then create a fun project for others to try. I only ask that my directions are not used to make money from them. I hope that makes more sense and clears up any confusion about my "personal use" statement.

    Thanks and enjoy!
    Ashley

    1. dck says:

      I don’t have sewing machine. Will this work hand sewn and what stitch will work best?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love this new project!!!!! I am getting so many ideas of things i can make and give as baby shower gifts from your blog. It just saves me a lot of money and i love to craft my own gifts. But you say it is for personal use… Hummm..I think the style of this hat ,without the flowers, is pretty much standard and i don't see that the pattern you created would differ that much from the ones you find at the store… Just to mention… ;)

  4. Fernanda says:

    I love them!! i wish that I had a little girl to make them pink with flowers…but I guess I can make some for my little boy..! Thanks for sharing!! You always make such pretty things!!

  5. Moms of all Trades says:

    LOVE THIS! New to the craft blogging Thanks for your insipartion

    momsofalltrades.blogspot.com

  6. Mommy of 3 says:

    Love it! Have a question for you…do you own a serger?

  7. Shannon says:

    Love all of your ideas! I gave you a Stylish Blogger Award too! https://enjoylifeandlove.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

  8. Danielle says:

    I am incredibly glad that you shared this. I'm in the market for unique hats for my 8 month old daughter who just had brain surgery to place a shunt. While this shunt will save her life, it's awkward to look at… and so rockstar hats it is!

  9. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says:

    These are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

  10. The Wright Love says:

    Would you teach us sometime how to use a serger,pls (like the basics)? I am thinking in buying one after seeing how great the seams look on your projects but I am hesitant that I won't figure out how to use it! Thank you :)

  11. Lacey says:

    I'm in love…With my newborn, and how awesome she is going to look in these hats. Thanks for the great and easy tutorial!!!

  12. CREATIVE MIND says:

    super nice tutorial…i will try this for my nephew…

  13. tracyp says:

    Can't wait to make these for the photo shoot this weekend with my 3 month old!!! THANK YOU!!!

  14. Sparta Savings says:

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Jessica says:

    you make it seem so easy! i think i can totally do this! thank you so much for your blog :)

  16. Heidi says:

    It sometimes seems spooky that you post a tutorial of something I am either just finished, in the midst of making, or planning to make the very same week! I love the tutorial! I just embellished some crocheted hats and was moving onto some knit ones this weekend. Now I don't have to take apart the store bought ones I just got!!!!

  17. Manni says:

    absolutely the cutest hat I've seen!!! Beautiful :)
    Manni
    http://www.ibakecakes-manni.blogspot.com

  18. myra says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Sandra says:

    The hats are adorable–I think your fabric choices and combinations are brilliant!

  20. Katy says:

    I've got a little girl coming in 4 months and I've been wanting to make her some hats since they're so useful, cute and they seemed easy to make. With your tutorial the hardest part will be restraining myself from buying material in every cute knit pattern I see! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Brooke says:

    Super quick & cute! Can't wait to make some! & thanks for clearing up my fuzzy head on the blankie yesterday! ;)

  22. https://adventurezinchildrearing.blogspot.com says:

    love love the flowers! can be used on all kinds of things! my brain is cranking now… tks!

  23. Tori says:

    To say that I love your site is an understatement! I I just discovered it and have already made three things. Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas with everyone. This little hat will be perfect for my little baby. We live in Utah where it is really cold. He has had three ear infections in the last week! I feel like I want to make you my new best friend and I have never even met you:) Keep all of the great ideas flowing. Thanks again!

  24. Kenna says:

    Googling a pattern for a knit hat for my soon to be here little guy was on my to do list- thanks for taking care of that for me! The knit hats in the store for little boys are so cheesy!

  25. Nike@ChooseToThrive says:

    I am smitten! These are so, so cute!

  26. Angie says:

    Making some for a baby shower next weekend. Where did you buy the ribbed knit? I can't find it anywhere!

  27. Nat says:

    Adorable!

    P.S. I am in love with your blog…
    :)

  28. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    These are so, so cute! I might have to whip some up before my little one arrives in a few weeks!

  29. Susan says:

    These are beautiful and SO easy! Now I just need a sweet baby girl to stitch some up for… :)

  30. Heidi says:

    So cute! I'll definitely have to make some hats and the blanket.

  31. Morgan says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love the fabrics you used…where did you find them?

  32. Ashley says:

    Malory – No, you don't have to iron it again. You just steam/iron it after sewing because it tends to stretch a bit but you won't have to deal with that anymore because the sewing is done. Good question though, glad you asked!

    Cassy – my best tip for stretching is to use a bigger/longer stitch length. That always seems to help a bit. Also, lifting you foot and re-adjusting every so often helps to eliminate some of that stretch.

    Hope that helps!

    Ashley

  33. Sisters of Grace says:

    Sooooo cute I think I need to make a few of these for my little sisters!!!

    ♥Michelle

  34. Cathy says:

    Adorable! Thank you for the tutorial. I'm thinking of making some for my boy (due in June) and putting "BOY" across the hat so people know he's a boy. :) I got a lot of "such an adorable boy" with my girl… even when she was wearing pink!

  35. marisa says:

    Love it! I'm going to make one for a little boy and am gonna try the name like you suggested. Hope it comes out as good as yours!

  36. Mollie says:

    My aunt and uncle are having a baby girl – my mom and I are excited to make these for her!

  37. Stephanie says:

    These are SO cute! Something I will definitely have to attempt!

  38. Lindsey says:

    I love all of your tutorials! I am expecting in August and this will be the best thing to bring to the hospital. We are not going to find out the sex and I am wondering if you have any ideas for an embellishment for a little boy's hat?

  39. Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh says:

    Those hats are adorable! I have a baby girl, and those would look so cute on her little head =] Now…I need to learn to sew lol =]

  40. Heather Louise says:

    These hats are great. I am going to have to draft some of my own, my little girl does not have a little head (got it from her father I swear!)
    Love the flower on them. Your daughter is going to be so stylish.

  41. nila1920 says:

    i love the prints and colors! you are so talented and creative!! good job ashley:D

  42. Sharon says:

    very cute! I will be making these for all the babies in my life!

  43. Stephanie says:

    I just LOVE the colors! I can't wait to make a few!

  44. valer83 says:

    Thank you so much for your share …looks like so easy to do ;)

  45. Malory says:

    Thank you for posting both of these. They are adorable! I can't wait to make some baby shower gifts. I was wondering about washing the blanket. Do you need to steam/iron after each wash, or does the dryer take care of shrinking the fabric back up?

  46. Sweetie Pie Bakery says:

    Looks like a fast project and I'm in need of a baby gift! Thank you! :)

  47. Beth Eaton says:

    Those hats are absolutely adorable! I wish I had another little one to put them on!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Make them for newborn babies at your local hospital! It’s a beautiful keepsake!!

  48. Tara @ Tara Being Tara says:

    Thanks for posting – these are ADORABLE!!!

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