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As I promised you in the previous post, today I bring you the tutorial to make Knitted PIXIE Hat, so fashionable lately for the little ones.
I’ve been wanting to knit a baby bonnet like this for a long time and the truth is that I’ve been so happy with the result that I’m sure I’ll repeat it in other colors.
This one in particular is designed for size 1-3 months, but it is very easy to modify following the tips I give you at the end of the post.
Materials to knit a PIXIE hat – Size 1-3 months
- The yarn chosen for this particular project is Merino Classic from Katia in colour 26 (100gr = 240 m, DK / Light), because, as I mentioned before, it matches the baby cardigan we saw in the previous tutorial.
- 4 mm straight knitting needles.
- 2.75 mm. crochet hook (C), to make the cord (optional as there are many methods to make cord, either by hand, with straight needles or crochet hook).
- Tapestry needle
How to make a Knitted PIXIE Hat for babies step by step
1. Knit the base
We will start by casting on 26 stitches on your needle and knit three rows in stockinette stitch. This will form the part that we will use to later pass the cord that will fit perfectly to the baby’s head.
In the next step, we will have to change the direction of the stitch. To do this, we will have to have the right side facing us, first, we will knit 8 stitches (which will be the outer border or the area that is closer to the face) and then we will purl 18.
In the next row, we knit all the stitches.
This way, alternating knit and purl rows, you will see that the stockinette stitch is forming on the other side.
In this way, we will knit a total of 90 rows in stockinette stitch from the moment we change the direction of the stitch. To finish the base of our Knitted PIXIE Hat, we’ll change the direction of the stitch again. As we did before, when you have the stockinette stitch facing you on the left needle (if you’re right-handed, of course) you should purl the whole row, and knit the following. Knit 3 rows in stockinette stitch and bind off all the stitches.
Cut the yarn leaving it long enough to allow you to make the seam of the knitted baby bonnet. Remember that it’s better to have too long and cut the excess at the end than too short!
This is a good moment to block your knitting. You can use the iron at low temperature and a little bit of steam. This will prevent the edges from rolling up and we will be able to sew both the back seam and the seam to pass the cord more easily.
2. Join the back of the baby PIXIE hat
Thread a tapetsry needle through the yarn you have cut, fold the Knitted PIXIE Hat in half and start seaming the borders. You can choose to make a normal seam (in that case you should do it inside out) or an invisible seam. You can follow this video tutorial to learn how to do it.
3. Knit the cord
There are many ways to knit cords, from knitting them by hand with knots or by winding several strands of wool, to knitting them with straight needles or crochet hook or even using special gadgets. Since I discovered how to knit icord with a crochet hook, I use this method very often, since the result is very similar to machine made icords.
Once we have your 55 centimeters of icord ready, place it on the base of the hat and fold the fabric by the change of direction of the stockinette stitch. With a tapetry needle, sew all this under with the icord inside so that it can be adjusted.
4. Place the tassels
To finish, make 4 tassels of about 4, 5 cm. long and sew them to the ends of the cord and two of them to the end of our baby bonnet.
You can also change these tassesl for pompoms and the result will be just as nice.
This Knitted PIXIE Hat pattern is very easy to modify, if you want to make bigger sizes, you just need to knit a few more stitches at the beginning and make more rows for the base of the cowl. Ideally, you should have the baby at hand to be able to take measurements, but if it is for a gift, for example, and you can’t measure, you can always choose to inflate a balloon taking as a measure the standards according to the baby’s age.
You can find on the internet a lot of tables of the baby’s cranial perimeter, but as a reference, for a newborn is 35 cm, for 3 months 40 cm, for 6 months 45 cm, for 1 year 47 cm and for 2 years 50 cm.
By the way, you also have available the pattern for the knitted cardigan and matching booties, so if you want to make the whole outfit I leave you the links for the two tutorals. Just keep in mind that the booties have a small modification, when we knit the ankle area, instead of knitting 16 rows we should knit 26 rows. The rest is knitted exactly the same. Finally, this time, instead of adding a little button as an ornament, I’ve added two tassels to match the hood.
I hope you like it, and you give it a go to knit your own PIXIE hat, and of course, if you enjoyed this tutorial and it has inspired you, let me know in a comment down below, I love reading your opinion!.
If you like, you can share your project in social media with the hashtag #PIXIEhatcreativa and #creativaatelier, so all of us can see your creation. I am sure that we can create more ideas between all of us to customize this basic hat and give it our unique touch.
A big hug!