Wise Baby Sun Hat Pattern – PS I had a baby!

Wise Baby Sun Hat Image

Hi friends,

Sorry for the long long gap between posts, but I was busy having a baby. On November 14, 2016, at 9:16pm, I gave birth to a healthy 4.09kg (9lb) baby girl. Let’s call her Peanut. That’s not her name, but let’s call her that. She is now 7 months old, beautiful, chubby, tall, and a delightful handful. When she was five weeks old she was baptised and wore the gown (link) I made her, which thankfully fit, because my goodness that baby grew quickly. I haven’t had a heap of time for knitting or blogging, but I’m hoping to get back into it, and what better way for a new mum to do that than post a new pattern for a baby hat!

Wise Baby Sun Hat image with props

When Peanut was born, we had plenty of beanies that fit her, but no sun hats, and when she was born, summer was just around the corner. So, I designed and made one for her. Before the pattern, a couple of notes:

  • The hat in the photos is the one I made for my daughter. When I had finished it, I decided it was a little too shallow, so in the pattern I added a few extra stocking stitch rows above the butterfly stitch, so when you knit it, it will be a bit deeper in the head than the image.

Without further ado, here it is. I hope you enjoy the Wise Baby Sun Hat!

Wise Baby Sun Hat image

Wise Baby Sun Hat

Download the PDF here: Wise Baby Sun Hat

Yarn: Moda Vera Gelato (or any 4ply smooth cotton yarn), held double (MC=pink, CC=red)

Needles: Size 10 (3.25mm) straight needles.

Tension: 10cm = 18 stitches x 28 rows in stocking stitch.

To fit: 0-3mo approx.

This hat is worked flat and bottom up.

Glossary of Terms

k: knit

P: purl

St/sts: stitch/stitches

K2tog: knit 2 stitches together

Wyif: with yarn in front

Wyib: with yarn in back

Yif: yarn in front

Yib: yarn in back

Make butterfly: With right hand needle, pick up the five floats by inserting the needle under the floats from the bottom up, then knit the next stitch on the left hand needle.


Using MC, cast on 28sts. Work in garter stitch for 15 rows.

Next row (WS): [K2tog] to end. 64 sts.

Start of band

Work 4 rows in stocking stitch, starting with a P row.

Butterfly stitch panel

Change to CC.

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 (WS): P all sts.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10: [k1, yip, s5, yib, k2] to last st, k1.

Row 12: [k4, make butterfly, k4] to last st, k1.

End of band

Change to MC. Work 8 rows in stocking stitch.

Decrease for crown

Row 1: [K6, k2tog] to end. 56 sts

Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: P all sts.

Row 3: [K5, k2tog] to end. 48 sts.

Row 5: [K4, K2tog] to end. 40 sts.

Row 7: [K3, K2tog] to end. 32 sts.

Row 9: [K2, k2tog] to end. 24 sts.

Row 11: [K1, K2tog] to end 16 sts.

Row 13: [K2tog} to end. 8 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 60cm tail. Thread yarn through the 8 remaining live stitches. Pull tightly. Sew up seam and weave in ends. Block or steam.