Insanely Cute Baby Knits: 3 Free Knitting Patterns for Baby




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As managing editor of I Like Knitting magazine, let me be the first to say welcome! I’ve been a yarn lover for most of my life (I was six years old when my grandma showed me how to make my own scarf) and I can honestly say that I have the best job in the world.

While my role does consist of emailing designers and writing up magazine contracts, I count myself incredibly lucky to be able to look at gorgeous projects — from blankets and shawls to the cutest knitting scarves and hats — every day.

Since you are new to our magazine, I truly hope you enjoy this free mini issue: Insanely Cute Baby Knits: 3 Free Knitting Patterns for Baby, that will offer a tiny taste of what the I Like Knitting community can offer you.

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by Janaya Chouinard

Pair this beginner baby project with your little one’s cutest leggings for an outfit that’s fit for all occasions. Not keen on stripes? No problem! Use up whatever yarn is in your stash. This pattern works well with various yarn weights.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Newborn: Waist = 13” circumference, Hem = 16” circumference, Height = 6.5”

Gauge: 3 stitches, 4 rows, 1 inches. Stockinette Stitch


Yarn: (5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches). Use three different colors.

Needles: 10 or 6 mm, 11 or 8 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends.


K – knit
P – purl
dpns – double pointed needles


Stripe Sequence for 3 Colors

Rnd 1-6: Color A

Rnd 7-10: Color B

Rnd 11-14: Color C

Rnd 15-18: Color A

Rnd 19-22: Color B

Rnd 23-26: Color C

With Size US 10 dpns or circulars, cast
on 48. Join to knit in the round. Use a
stitch marker to keep track.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2* around

Rnd 2 – 6: Repeat Round 1
Change to Size US 11 dpns or circulars.

Rnd 7-26: Knit around
Cast off. Weave in all ends.

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by Heidi Gustad

Need a quick gift for that baby shower you forgot you were invited to? This Quick and Easy Baby Beanie is just what you need! It works up in a flash and the results look like something straight from an Etsy shop!

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 6.5 (7, 7.5)” hand circumference x 6.75″ length

Gauge: 30 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking


Medium weight yarnYarn: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran(16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Needles: 9 or 5.5 mm


CO 56 sts, join into rnd.
(k2, p2), rpt ( to ) around.
Rpt row 1 until hat measures 3 inches.

(k2, p2, k2, p2tog), , rpt ( to ) around. 49 sts
(k2, p2, k2, p1), rpt ( to ) around.
(k2, p2, k1, p2tog), rpt ( to ) around. 42 sts
(k2, p2, k1, p1), rpt ( to ) around.
(k2, p2, k2tog), rpt ( to ) around. 35 sts
(k2, p2, k1), rpt ( to ) around.
(k2, p1, p2tog), rpt ( to ) around. 28 sts
(k2, p2), rpt ( to ) around.
(k2, p2tog), rpt ( to ) around. 21 sts
(k1, k2tog), rpt ( to ) around. 14 sts
k2tog around. 7 sts.
Break yarn, draw tail through last loops, and
tighten to finish. Weave in all ends and block.

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by Robyn Devine
This pattern was specifically designed for use in charity drives, but it’s a classic hat that any new parents would love for their newborn. Made with just one skein of yarn, it’s a quick knit

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: newborn = 12” circumference.

Gauge: 21.5 stitches, 32 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch


Yarn: (3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches). We use Lion Brand Modern Baby

Needles: 7 or 4.5 mm

Notions: Tapestry needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends


CO – cast on
DRnd – decrease round
K – knit
K2TOG – knit two stitches together
P – purl
RND – round
STS – stitches


This original knit hat was designed specifically for the American Heart Association’s initiative, Little Hats, Big Hearts.


2×2 Ribbing
Using long tail method and brown yarn, CO 64 sts. Divide sts evenly on 3 dpns, and be careful not to twist.

Rnd 1-6: [K 2, P 2] around.

Hat Body

Rnd 7: K all sts around.

Rnd 8: (K3, P1) around.

Rnd 9: K all sts around.

Rnd 10: (K1, P1, K2) around.

Repeat Rnds 7-10 four more times.

Note: Hat should now measure 3.5” from CO edge.

Shape Crown

Rnd 1: (K6, K2tog) around.

Rnd 2: (K3, P1, K3) around.

Rnd 3: (K5, K2tog) around.

Rnd 4: (K1, P1, K4) around.

Rnd 5: (K4, K2tog) around.

Rnd 6: (K3, P1, K1) around.

Rnd 7: (K3, K2tog) around.

Rnd 8: (K1, P1, K2) around.

Rnd 9: (K2, K2tog) around.

Rnd 10: K around.

Rnd 11: (K1, K2tog) around.

Rnd 12: K around.

Rnd 13: K2tog around.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Use darning needle to thread yarn through remaining sts. Pull yarn tight and secure. Weave in all ends.

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Alt – alternate
Beg – begin/beginning
Bet – between
BO – bind off
Cn – cable needles
CO – cast on
Cont – continue
Dec – decrease
Dpn – double pointed needles
Fl – front loops
Inc – increase
K – knit
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together
Kwise – knitwise
Lp(s) – loop(s)
M1 – make one stitch
M1 p-st – make one purl stitch
P – purl
Pm – place marker
Pop – popcorn
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
abbreviation chart
Psso – pass slipped stitch over
Pwise – purlwise
Rem – remain/remaining
Rep – repeat(s)
Rev St st – reverse stockinette stitch
Rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
Sk – skip
Skp – slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decrease
Sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together—two stitches have been decreased
Sl – slip
Sl1k – slip 1 knitwise
Sl1p – slip 1 purlwise
Sl st – slip stitch(es)
Ssk – slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together—a decrease
Sssk – slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together
St(s) – stitch(es)
St st – stockinette stitch
Tbl – through back loop
Tog – together
WS – wrong side
Wyib – with yarn in back
Wyif – with yarn in front
Yfwd – yarn forward
Yo – yarn over
Yrn – yarn around needle
Yon – yarn over needle
[ ] or ( ) – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed*– repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* * – repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions

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Before starting the slip knot, decide which method of casting on you want to try. If you choose the long-tail cast-on method, leave approximately an inch for every stitch that you’re about to place on the needle. For the knitted cast-on, leave eight to ten inches between the end of the yarn and the slip knot.

Slip stitch step 11 Hold the short end of the yarn in your palm with your thumb. Wrap the yarn around the index and middle fingers twice.
Slip stitch step 22 Pull the strand attached to the ball through the loop between your two fingers to form a new loop.
Slip stitch step 33 Place the new loop on the needle and tighten it by pulling on both ends of the yarn to form the slip knot. You are now ready to begin casting-on.

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Knitted cast-on step 11 Make a slip knot on the left needle. Insert the right needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit.
Knitted cast-on step 22 Draw the yarn through the first stitch to make a new stitch, but don’t drop the stitch from the left needle.
Knitted cast-on step 33 Slip the new stitch to the left needle as shown. Continue until all the stitches are cast on.

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Long tail cast-on step 11 Make a slip knot on the right needle, leaving a long tail. Wind the tail end around your left thumb, from the front to the back. Wrap the yarn from the ball over your left index finger and secure the ends in your palm.
Long tail cast-on step 22 Insert the needle upward into the loop on your thumb. With the needle, draw the yarn from the ball through the loop to form a stitch.
Long tail cast-on step 33 Take your thumb out of the loop and tighten the loop on the needle. Continue until all the stitches are cast on.

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Cable cast-on step 11 Cast on two stitches using the knitted cast-on method. Insert the right needle between the two stitches on the left needle.
Cable cast-on step 22 Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit and pull the yarn through to make a new stitch.
Cable cast-on step 33 Place the new stitch on the left needle as shown. Continue as needed, always inserting the right needle in between the last two stitches on the left needle.

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Knit stitch step 11 Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right. Wrap the yarn around your fingers.
Knit stitch step 22 Insert the right needle from front to back into the first cast-on stitch on the left needle. Keep the right needle under the left and keep the yarn at the back.
Knit stitch step 33 Wrap the yarn under and over the right needle in a clockwise motion.
Knit stitch step 44 With the right needle, pull the yarn through the cast-on stitch.
Knit stitch step 55 Slip the cast-on stitch off the left needle, keeping the newly formed stitch on the right one.

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Purl stitch step 11 Hold the working needle in your right hand and the needle with the stitches in your left. The yarn is held and worked with your right hand and is kept to the front of the work.
Purl stitch step 22 Insert the right needle from the back to front into the first stitch on the left needle. The right needle now is in front of the left with the yarn in front of the work.
Purl stitch step 33 Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the right needle with your right index finger.
Purl stitch step 44 Draw the right needle and yarn backward through the stitch on the left needle to form a loop on the right needle.
Purl stitch step 55 Slip the stitch off the left needle and onto the right one.

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Bind off step 11 Knit two stitches. Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle.
Bind off step 22 Pull this stitch over the second stitch and off the right needle.
Bind off step 33 One stitch remains on the right needle as shown. Knit the next stitch.

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3-needle bind off step 11 With the right side of the two pieces facing each other, and the needles parallel, insert a third needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit.
3-needle bind off step 22 Knit these two stitches together and slip them off the needles. Knit the next two stitches together in the same way as shown.
3-needle bind off step 33 Slip the first stitch on the third needle over the second stitch and off the needle.

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