Newborns - at least, those delivered rather than "hatched," as we put it in my family - have pointy heads. All that squeezing... this reminded me of the old Coneheads skit from Saturday Night Live... and so I decided to make a hat for a coneheaded baby. It's an extremely easy pattern, and lots of fun to make. You can adjust how pointy the head is by increasing or decreasing the number of plain knit rows between decrease rows.
Finished size: 10in (14in) circumference [25cm (35cm)]
Gauge: 18 stitches and 30 rows to 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch in the round
1 (partial) skein worsted weight yarn (I used Peaches N Creme 100% Cotton)
US7 (4.5mm) needles - whatever you use for knitting small things in the round
Stitch markers: 1 of one color, 5 additional of different color(s)
K2tog: knit two stitches together
Note: Size given is for preemie hat, with newborn hat in parentheses.
Cast on 42 (60) stitches.
Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist, and place unique marker.
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches, all rounds) for 2.5 (3)in [6.25 (7.5)cm] - approx. 18 (22) rows.
Begin crown shaping:
Round 1: (K7 (K10), place marker) 6 times.
Round 2: (Knit to 2 before marker, k2tog) 6 times.
Rounds 3 & 4: Knit all stitches.
Repeat rounds 2-4 until 6 stitches remain.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread through remaining stitches. Slip stitches from needles and pull tail tight to cinch hole closed.
Sew ends to inside.
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