Loom Knit Newborn Hat Pattern for a Boy – FREE

Free Loom Knit Newborn Hat Pattern for Baby Boys

Loom Knit Newborn HatAll newborns are babies but not all babies are newborns. Make sense? Well, I say that because this is a loom knit newborn hat pattern for a tiny baby that is less then a month old.  To be more exact I would say no more than a week or two depending on the baby. This is not going to fit the average 2 or 3 month old unless the baby is a preemie. So the purpose of this little hat is for the parents to bundle-up their new little man warmly to take him home from the hospital. To increase the size of the hat for a bigger baby use the medium 31-peg loom and use the size chart below.

I made this pattern specifically for a boy because I wanted to give it to The Period of Purple Crying. It’s an organization that is focused on helping to educate people on Shaken Baby Syndrome. According to their ClickforBabies.org website, which is their resource page for knitters they don’t get enough baby boy caps. By the way, this is true for most charities. We knitters prefer making girly stuff. So this is my small attempt at leveling the knitting field. To meet their guideline specifications you just need to change the color of the hat to purple and remove the button. There shouldn’t be any attachments on the hat. If you like the contrasting color in the middle of the cable you can also embroider a mock button in its place. A circular piece of felt is also an option.

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I hope you like it. If you have any questions or comments about this Loom Knit Newborn Hat Pattern just leave those at the bottom of this post in the comment section. I LOVE COMMENTS!



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Supplies Needed

Loom: Small 24-Peg ( I used the Knifty Knitter Blue Loom)

Yarn:  Soft, Washable ( I used worsted weight Bernat Satin in Sandstone (Color A) and worsted weight Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate (Color B). Please don’t pick yarn with sparkles for babies even if it is soft.

Hook: Any loom knitting hook

Scissors: Any type 


Loom Knit Newborn Hat Pattern

Very Important Note:  If you are using the recommended soft yarn and you use a large gauge loom like a Knifty Knitter, Darice or Loops and Threads brand, knit with Two Strands of Yarn as One.

The pattern is Free on the website. To purchase a printable version: Click HERE


Loom Knit Baby hat


Stitches:Knit, PurlSingle Cables , Double Rib Stitch (Knit2, Purl2)


The Hat Brim

Cast-on: Chain Cast-on

– Start with Color A Yarn –

Rows 1 – 4 : Double Rib Stitch (Knit2, Purl2) til the end of the round

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Body of the Hat

Rows 5 – 9:  Knit (Use the e-Wrap )

– Change to Color B Yarn) –

Row 10: Purl10, Knit2, Cable Stitch, Purl12

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Rows 11 -14: Purl10, Knit2, Purl12

Row 15: Purl10, Knit2, Cable, Purl12

– Change to Color A Yarn –

Rows 16 – 22:  Knit (Use the e-Wrap )


Close the Hat:

Use any you like –  I used the Gathered Method


Size Chart

Baby Hat Size Chart

Assumes that knitter is using the recommended 24 peg loom, the e-Wrap knit stitch, Baby soft - worsted weight yarn and knitting with two strands of yarn as one.
Length of HatNumber
of Rows
>1 lb4 - 4 1/23 inches12
1-3 lbs8 1/2 - 9
3.5 - 4 in13 - 16
3-5 lbs11 - 11 1/24 - 5 in16 - 20
6-8 lbs12 -12 1/25 - 5.5 in20 - 22
9-11 lbs13 -14 6 24


Loom Knit Newborn Hat PatternCharities to Donate Hat

Please let me know about any other charities accepting newborn hats so that I can list them here.



As always check your local hospital’s newborn intensive care unit (NICU).


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  2. Denise Pattinson February 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I have the knifty knitter loom set and I am wanting to make a hat that would fit a 2 to 3 month baby. I think the blue loom is too small and the red loom too large. Have tried making them on red loom with a brim to make them tighter fitting, but they still stretch bigger. I’m using the e wrap stitch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Denise Pattinson February 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Forgot to add that I am using two strands of double knitting wool.

    • Denise Canela February 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Denise (nice name 🙂 ), you are right. 3 month olds are tricky.. but first the e-Wrap is a large stitch.. Use the 31 peg loom but try a rib stitch and don’t use the e-Wrap. I just did a post with a version of the rib stitch: Click HERE
      Hope that helps,

  3. Keri Erickson January 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I made this hat…my third hat ever and it turned out pretty good…BUT what do I do with the strings on the rim of the hat? I did not know how to do a chain cast on so I just started the knit two, purl two. I have this cute hat with two little strings hanging and I have no idea what to do with them. To be honest, the first most simple hat I made I could not find what to do with those string that you hook around the started peg either. If there is information on your website on where to put these strings (when you have no brim), I can’t find it. Otherwise, everything else on your site has been wonderfully understandable and the videos are extremely helpful. Look forward to a reply…

  4. Teresita October 18, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Another charity…….been around since 1997…… with chapters across the United States and also found on Ravelry is “STITCHES FROM THE HEART organization. We make crocheted, knitted, and loom knitted baby creations that we donate to the hospitals for the babies. THis includes for preemies, newborns and little angels too. Our members love stitching along for the babies.

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  6. Cynthia September 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    HI Denise,

    I just wanted to double check the “Cable Stitch”, is that the one where you switch peg 1 and peg 2 and then knit peg 2?
    Any chance you can offer a suggestion alternate row count for the bigger loom? I don’t want to mess this up 😀

    • Denise Canela September 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Hi Cynthia, yes you are correct on the cable stitch instructions. I copied them from my adult cable hat pattern:

      Instructions for the Cable Stitch: When you reach the section of the pattern that calls for the cable stitch make note of the first two pegs. Knit both pegs using the e-Wrap method, then remove the loop off the first peg and hold it with your hands or a cable stitch holder . Remove the loop off the second peg and place it on the first peg. Take the first loop you were holding and place it on the second peg (you are swapping loops) and knit the second peg. Feels a bit funky – don’t worry. Continue the pattern.

      Where you add your extra rows on this little hat depends on where you what the darker color band with the cable to land on your hat . You can add rows at the beginning. I wouldn’t add but maybe 1 additional row to the rib stitch brim. Then add 1 or 2 to the pattern before and after the band with the cable stitch.
      Hope that helps,

  7. Kim McFadden September 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    If I use a 31-peg loom,do I need to adjust rows 10-15?
    Kind Regards

    • Denise Canela September 18, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Yes Kim, I would suggest bringing the cable down at a minimum 3 rows so it becomes 13-18.
      Post a pic on the Facebook page when you’re done.
      denise 🙂

      • Anonymous September 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        Not sure I understand what you mean.
        Thanks again:)

        • Denise Canela September 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          Did you have a question? .. You’re name is Anonymous

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