This fun pair of knit mittens and hat will be perfect for a favorite baby in your life.
Infant Hat and Mittens
- Wintuk worsted-weight yarn in 3-1/2-ounce skeins (see note)—one skein each of dusty rose and white
- size 4 (3.25mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain correct gauge—straight needles for hat and double-pointed needles for mittens
- size 4/E (3.5mm) crochet hook for mittens
- size 16 tapestry needle
- stitch marker
- 3/4- x 5-inch strip of cardboard
GAUGE: When working in St st on size 4 needles, 11 sts and 16 rows = 2 inches. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Patterns/stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.
- Garter st: K across every row.
- Rev St st: reverse stockinette st
- Row 1: P across row.
- Row 2: K across row.
- All other rows: Rep Rows 1 and 2.
- St st: stockinette st
- Row 1: K across row.
- Row 2: P across row.
- All other rows: Rep Rows 1 and 2.
- M 1: make 1
- To inc 1 st, pick up the horizontal strand between 2 sts and place onto left needle, insert needle from right to left through back of this lp and k 1.
HAT: One long strip will be knit in rev St st and St st. The piece will not look exactly like the hat in the photo above left. When the final row is bound off, some sts will be dropped and undone (like a run in a stocking), creating the pattern shown. A ribbing will then be added to one long edge for the bottom of the hat, the cast-on and bound-off edges will be sewn together and the remaining long edge will be gathered for the top of the hat.
- Rows 1-6: With dusty rose and straight needles, cast on 20 sts. Work in rev St st for six rows. Drop dusty rose. Do not cut yarn.
- Rows 7-12: With white, work in St st for six rows.
- Rows 13-18: Drop white, loosely pick up dusty rose behind white and work in rev St st for six rows.
- Rows 19-24: Drop dusty rose, loosely pick up white behind dusty rose and work in St st for six rows.
- Rows 25-114: Rep Rows 13-24 until there are nine white and ten dusty rose stripes. Cut dusty rose, leaving at least a 3-inch-long tail.
- Rows 115-119: Pick up white and work in St st for five rows.
- Row 120: Loosely binding off in p with white, * bind off 4 sts, drop 1 st; rep from * two more times; bind off to the end. (To drop a st, simply remove it from the needle without working in the st.) Fasten off white, leaving at least a 3-inch-long tail.
- Ravel dropped sts back to Row 1, creating rows of holes.
- Ribbing: Turn piece so purl side of dusty rose stripes is in front and the edge where colors were changed is bottom edge. Working across top long edge with dusty rose, pick up and knit 4 evenly spaced sts at the end of each stripe: count 80 sts. Work in k 1, p 1 rib for six rows. Bind off in rib. Fasten off.
- Assembly: Fold this strip in half so purl side of white stripes is on the outside and short ends meet. Use tapestry needle and dusty rose to whipstitch the short ends together.
- Turn hat right side out and flatten so seam is centered in back. With dusty rose, sew a running stitch along edge that is opposite ribbing. Pull yarn to gather top closed, tie off and clip yarn.
- Ear flaps: F-Rows 1-12: Counting from the back seam on inside of hat, skip two stripes and pick up 4 evenly spaced sts across end of third stripe (the same edge where ribbing was added). Pick up 4 more sts at the end of next two stripes in the same way for a total of 12 sts. Work in garter st for 12 rows.
- F-Row 13: K 1, k 2 tog, k each st until 3 sts remain; k 2 tog, k 1: count 10 sts.
- F-Row 14: K 1 row.
- F-Rows 15-20: Rep F-Rows 13 and 14 until 4 sts remain.
- Tie: Continue to knit in garter st on 4 sts until tie measures 5-1/2 inches or desired length. Without fastening off, cut yarn, leaving a 4-inch-long tail.
- Use tapestry needle to draw tail through lps, removing sts from knitting needle at same time. Pull yarn to gather stitches. Fasten off.
- Skip two stripes on opposite side of back seam and knit second ear flap as before. Weave in loose ends.
- Pom-pom: For the tie, cut a 10-inch length of dusty rose yarn. Center the tie along the 5-inch length of the 3/4-inch-wide cardboard strip. Beginning and ending 1/4 inch from each end of strip, wrap matching yarn around strip so tie is encased. Each wrap should be smooth but not tight and should lay against the previous wrap.
- Working back and forth in layers, continue wrapping strip four more times. Carefully fold cardboard in half lengthwise and pull it out without removing the tie. Knot the ends of tie with a double knot, pulling them tight so loops form a donut shape.
- Without cutting ends of tie, cut loops along the outermost edge of donut shape and trim so pom-pom measures about 1-1/2 inches across. To attach pom-pom to top of hat, pull each end of tie to inside of hat, tie together and weave or sew in place.
MITTEN (make 2):
- Rnds 1-12: With dusty rose and double-pointed needles, cast on 24 sts. Evenly divide sts over three needles. Place stitch marker between first 2 sts of rnd and slip it from one needle to the next when reached to mark the beg of each new rnd. Being careful not to twist the sts, work in k 1, p 1 rib for 12 rnds.
- Rnd 13: K 3, M 1, [k 6, M 1] three times, k 3: count 28 sts. Drop dusty rose. Do not cut yarn.
- Rnd 14: With white, k 1 rnd.
- Rnd 15: Drop white, pick up dusty rose from under white to prevent a hole and k 1 rnd.
- Rnd 16: Drop dusty rose, pick up white from under dusty rose and k 1 rnd.
- Rnds 17-32: Rep Rnds 15 and 16 until there are 10 rnds of each color above ribbing. Cut white, leaving at least a 3-inch-long tail.
- Rnd 33: With dusty rose, [k 5, k 2 tog] four times: count 24 sts.
- Rnd 34: [K 4, k 2 tog] four times: count 20 sts.
- Rnd 35: [K 3, k 2 tog] four times: count 16 sts.
- Rnd 36: [K 2, k 2 tog] four times: count 12 sts.
- Rnd 37: [K 1, k 2 tog] four times: count 8 sts.
- Rnd 38: [K 2 tog] four times: count 4 sts. Without fastening off, cut yarn, leaving a 4-inch-long tail.
- Use tapestry needle to draw tail through lps, removing sts from double-pointed needles at the same time. Pull yarn to gather stitches and fasten off.
FINISHING: Flatten each mitten so edge where rnds begin and end is a side seam (the sts at this point are easy to see because they are uneven). With crochet hk, join dusty rose with a sl st in first or last st of Rnd 1 on either mitten. Make a 20-inch-long ch and sl st in first or last st of Rnd 1 on remaining mitten. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
FINISHED SIZE: Hat and mittens fit a newborn to 4-month-old infant.
- dec decrease
- inc increase
- k knit
- p purl
- psso pass slipped st over
- rem remaining
Striped Infant’s Hat and Mittens from Mina Dyck of Boissevain, Manitoba