Unlike knitting socks for toddlers, which are some small feet, knitting hats for kids is rewarding and frustrating at the same time. Rewarding as they are usually faster and done pretty quickly, but frustrating to see your lovely 3 year-old rip off that super cute owl hat and toss it aside, to go back to putting undies on his head. Or is that just my kid?
Toddler hats have come a long way over recent years. From basic patterns to intricate and elaborate motifs, hand knit hats are becoming all the rage for the little guys and gals. We took a look at animal crochet hats
for kids a few weeks ago, and some of you asked how to make them. So here we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite toddler hat patterns on Bluprint!
Toddler Striped Hat
Going back to basics, this Striped hat by petalknits
is simple, yet oh so cute. You can knit the bulk of the hat on small circular needles, but will have to switch to double pointed needles to finish off the long dramatic tail. Make this hat in red and green for the holidays, or orange and black for Halloween. It would look adorable in red, white and blue for the Fourth of July as well!
Mod Circle HatTot Toppers has a Mod Circles hat
that is sure to please. Intarsia knitting may seem ambitious for the amateur knitter but I assure you, as long as you remember to wrap those stitches, it’s a breeze and looks so chic! This would make an excellent birthday gift for the hard-to-buy-for kids.
Hoot Toque Owl Hat
Animals on small children’s head are all the rage and nothing is hotter right now than Owls! Knit this fowl friend for your child and learn the trick of appliqué and knitting in the round. The Hoot Toque
by thewittyknitter is a quick pattern done in chunky yarn and knit seamlessly from the top down. This hat is a hoot!
Flower Fairy Hat
What is more precious than combining a little girl with fairies and flowers?! The Flower Fairy hat
by Bluprint member ewe ewe is to die for. Designed by Annika Barranti, this hat is modeled after a bluebell flower. Knit from the top down to create the perfect flared edge. This pattern comes in a variety of sizes from infant to an older child.
Little Monster Hat
And let’s not leave the boys out! The Little Monster hat by ohdessaknits
is sure to bring a smile to your son’s face. This hat has a ton of features, seamless circular knitting, garter stitch, pointy ears, earflaps, short rows and much more! A great hat to learn new techniques or brush up on the ones you haven’t used in a while. Don’t be scared by this intermediate monster!
Brioche knitting is unlike any other technique in the knitting world, so you have to go into it with the right tools — and that includes yarn. Because the secret to a good brioche project is a yarn that complements those beautiful, squishy stitches. So before you pick up your needles and start, look for these key characteristics in your yarn.
With its own set of special stitches, unique charts and working method (each row is worked twice), brioche is the rebel of the knitting world. So for a first-timer, the technique may seem tricky — after all, you have to throw out some of your typical knitting know-how to create the gorgeous texture. But if you keep these beginner-friendly tips in mind, your first attempt at brioche knitting will feel like a breeze.
If you've seen a brioche knit, you won't forget it. The technique uses its own special set of stitches to create a to-die-for texture that's unlike any other. So if you're looking to learn more about brioche knitting — and need more reasons to give it a try — here are five to get you started.
From seamless hats to fingerless gloves, knitting in the round opens you up to a world full of double-pointed and circular needles. But the technique can get tricky, especially if you're a beginner. Here are a few tips for avoiding common in-the-round frustrations so you don't have to rip out your project.
There's more to left-handed knitting than moving stitches from your right needle to the left. For lefties, everything's just a little different — even how you wrap the yarn around your needles. But by mastering these common stitches, you'll be able to cast on and knit even the most complex projects without stumbling (and get a fabric that looks no different from right-handed knits).
Gifting for men, whether it's Father's Day, Christmas or a birthday, can sometimes feel tricky. But if you're a knitter, it's just another opportunity to pull out your needles and yarn. There are so many knits that make great gifts for men — here are a few worth adding to your to-make list.
When it's time to bust that yarn stash, there's nothing better than stitching something cute (and functional!) for your pet. Whether you want to knit your dog a fashionable sweater or whip up a cozy cat bed, they'll love these knits as much as you love making 'em.
There's an easy way to add some sparkle and shine to any knit project: just add beads. It's totally fun, and these beaded knitting patterns offer plenty of opportunity to play with a little bling-bling while you're making.
After I graduated from Cornell University’s apparel design program, where I studied textile design with an emphasis on weaving, I was lucky enough to get a job with a small garment manufacturer in Ithaca, New York. It was there that I met my husband, and later, gave birth to my daughter. Before I knew it, life got really hectic and, as I'm sure many parents can relate, I soon found it difficult to dedicate time to being at my loom.
To turn a piece of knitting into a gorgeous work of art, all you need are beads. You can add beading to any project, whether it's a simple garter stitch scarf or a more intricate lace shawl. So no matter what your skill level, use these tips to dress up your stitches with sparkle.
With the delicate placement of yarn overs and decreases, there's nothing more beautiful than knit lace. And the number of lace stitches you can knit is only limited by your imagination — and maybe the amount of time you have. Experiment with the stitches below and soon you can start creating your own gorgeous lace project.
Many knitters know the value of connecting with the yarn-thusiast community. But when your knitwear soulmates are spread far and wide, it may not always be possible to form a knitting circle in person. Which is why there's a genius way to bridge the gap: virtual knitting clubs.
Stranded knitting is a style of colorwork that traditionally carries two or more yarns along the back of your knitting. There are a ton of ways to incorporate it into your work — Fair Isle is one most people know best — and it helps bring out a variety of detail and color in a single project. See for yourself in the patterns below, then download and start knitting!
You've been warned: Fair Isle knitting — a type of stranded knitting that traditionally uses no more than two colors per row — is straight-up addictive. After all, who could resist all that beautiful detail?! Dig into the technique (and bring on the color) with the below patterns — you can get 'em all totally free!
When you first begin knitting, reading patterns and charts may be the most challenging aspect. After all, to a novice "K5 yo, k2tog, ssk, knit to end" looks like utter gibberish. But don't stress — keep this guide close and you'll be able to decode even the trickiest line.
Reach way back to your middle school memories and you might remember learning about pi in math class. Though you may not have become a mathematician, you still use a lot of math when you knit — especially if you're stitching a pi shawl.
Gift-giving for men can be tricky, whether it's Father's Day, their birthday or Valentine's Day. But knitting them a hat is always a solid choice. Just pay attention to their style preference — some guys are more adventurous, while others prefer a more classic look. Whatever their deal, you're sure to find a pattern worth stitching below. Now grab those circular needles and get going!
Real talk: sometimes crafting can use a lot of materials (that aren't exactly cheap). You can save your bank account some strife and show Mother Earth a lot of love by upcycling what you already have — here's how.