Easy Baby Beanie / Toque Tutorial with Pattern

Easy Baby Beanie Tutorial with Pattern | leave it to Joy
I accidentally made a Easy Baby Beanie pattern from Ravelry into a medium difficulty, but I love the enhancements, and it goes by so quick! It’s a great little gift for all the winter babes coming this year.

Skills that this pattern uses:

  1. knitting in the round (with double pointed needles, aka dpn)
  2. switching needle size
  3. ribbing (k2 p2)
  4. stockinette stitch (knit knit knit… )
  5. knit two together decrease (k2tog)

If you aren’t comfortable with these skills try the original pattern, which is done flat and sewn together. You can access the pattern with a free account on Ravelry. It’s designed by Hayley Foord, and you can find it here.

MY PATTERN:

Cast on 80 stitches using size 1 dpn needles

I used light grey baby luv georgia yarn from WalMart. A ball was around $3-4 dollars and I’ve made 3 hats so far, and have plenty remaining.

Connect in the round. I use the stitch swapping technique. I put the first stitch from each end on the opposite needle. The connection is seamless (except for my cast on tail, but that goes away). Put a stitch marker where the start of the round is. This is important when it comes to shaping the crown.

Round 1-15

k2 p2 (until end of the round)

With my tension this gets me about an inch to an inch and a bit of ribbing.

Easy Baby Beanie / Touque Tutorial with Pattern | leave it to Joy

Round 16 -22

switch needles to size 3 dpn needles
stocking stitch (aka k, k, k, k)

Switch Colours,

Round 23-35

Stockinette stitch for the next 13 rows.
I switched to a neutral mint colour – LOVE IT and it’s gender neutral so I can use the same ball for the girls and boys coming this winter.
This was the first time I ever switched colours. It’s surprised me how easy it was. Drop the grey yarn, leave a 5-6 inch tail (just to be safe) and trim. Leave a similar tail for the new colour and use that as your working yarn. Pull it tight as you knit the first few stitches until its secure. Then carry on as you were before

This should take the the work to about 10 cm from the cast on edge to the needles. If not, knit a few rows until you get there.

Shape the crown.

To shape the crown we’re going to slowly begin to decrease. The original pattern included an extra row between each decrease because it was knit flat, but I found this gave me a really pointy top when working in the round. Take that away, and it was a lot smoother.

Round 1: k8 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 2: k7 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 3: k6 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 4: k5 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 5: k4 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 6: k3 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 7: k2 k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 8: k1 k1tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 9: k2tog (repeat until end of round)
Round 10: sew remaining stitches together. Pull tail inside toque, tie off and weave in the end.

There you have it an adorable medium difficulty baby beanie!

Easy Baby Beanie / Touque Tutorial with Pattern | leave it to Joy
I did do a variation with no stripe and instead a mint flower for a little girl coming in December. It’s a little bulky but I wanted to do something a little feminine.
Easy Baby Beanie / Touque Tutorial with Pattern | leave it to Joy
Easy Baby Beanie / Touque Tutorial with Pattern | leave it to Joy
Let me know what you think – Joy
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