I have two kids, very close together in age, and they are little mischief makers. One of their grandparents started calling them Little Garden Gnomes because she used to tell them a story about how the garden would look perfect before bed, but she’d come out in the morning to find the garden a mess and the gnomes lazing about where she hadn’t left them… much like when we’d turn our backs on the little ones for two seconds and come back to a tornado having ripped through the playroom. So naturally, when I saw this pointed little knit baby hat pattern , I had to share it with you all. This is the perfect project to knit up for either a boy or a girl – make it in a gender neutral color for the mom expecting a surprise, or pick traditional boy/girl colors. I have already cast on this fabulous knit hat pattern  for baby in a charcoal gray and I think it’ll look great on either a boy or a girl. Really, the possibilities are endless!
Mommy’s Little Gnome Knit Baby Hat Pattern
SIZES 6/12 (18/24) months.
GAUGE 12 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.
- Bernat® Softee® Baby Chunky™ (Solids: 5 oz/140 g; 155 yds/142 m OR Ombres: 4.25 oz/120 g; 123 yds/112 m) ; Sizes 6/12 (18/24) mos Blue Lagoon (96011) 1 (1) ball
- Sizes U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles and pair of size U.S. 10½ (6.5 mm) doublepointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
- 3 stitch markers.
- Alt = Alternate(ing)
- Approx = Approximately
- Beg = Beginning
- Dec = Decrease(ing)
- K = Knit
- K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
- M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
- PM = Place marker
- Rem = Remain(ing)
- Rep = Repeat
- RS = Right side
- Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
- WS = Wrong side
With larger needles, cast on 54 (60) sts. Knit 3 rows (garter st), noting 1st row is WS.
1st row: (RS). K1. M1. K8 (9). ssk. K2tog. K7 (9). M1. K2. M1. K3. ssk. K2tog. K3. M1. K2. M1. K7 (9). ssk. K2tog. K8 (9). M1. K1.
2nd row: K1. Purl to last st. K1. Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures approx 2½ (3½)” [6 (9) cm], ending on a WS row.
Next row: (RS). K9 (10). ssk. PM. K2tog. K12 (14). ssk. PM. K2tog. K12 (14). ssk. PM. K2tog. K9 (10).
Next row: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
Next row: (Dec row). (Knit to 2 sts before next marker. ssk. Slip marker. K2tog) 3 times. Knit to end of row.
Next and alt rows: K1. Purl to last st. K1. Rep dec row every RS row 3 (4) times more, then every 4th row twice. 18 sts.
Next row: (RS). K1. *K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. Break yarn leaving a long end. Draw end through rem 10 sts and cinch tightly. Sew center back seam.
Ties (make 2). With pair of double-pointed needles, cast on 4 sts. K4. Do not turn. *Slide sts to other end of needle. K4. Rep from * until cord measures 8” [20.5 cm]. Break yarn and draw tightly through rem sts. Sew to each peak at sides of Hat.
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When knitting for baby, what is your favorite color?