Knitting for Baby: Pointy Hat for a New-born from Purl Soho

It’s just less than 3 weeks to my due date!

I’ve been offline recently, as I’ve been so tired and we’re having repairs done to the ceiling, so we’re in temporary accommodation in Islington.  On the plus side, Islington has Loop – a fantastic knitting supplies shop packed with gorgeous coloured yarns!


Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho

My first baby project is a hat, as I really want her to wear my hand-knitted baby clothes from day one! I chose Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho, because I loved the super-cute pattern straight away.


Substituting Yarn

I used Koigu KPPPM (P611) for the main colour and The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock (Brassica) for the tuft.

When using a yarn-type that’s different from the original pattern, carefully check:

•    tension
•    the characteristics of the yarns


My tension is 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch, using 2.75mm needles, which is different from the original knitting pattern. So, to make a hat circumference of 14 inches, you will need to re-calculate the stitch number.


My baby’s head circumference is average and, as a well-fitting knitted hat has a negative ease, I added a negative ease of just 1 cm, so it will sit gently around her head.


Unlike the recommended yarn for this pattern, Koigu KPPPM is a 100% merino yarn with a bouncy characteristic. In addition, the original pattern uses the same needle size and stitch count for garter-stitch and stocking-stitch, causing the garter-stitch to flare out.

To avoid this, I cast on approx. 5-6% fewer than the main head stitch number and worked with smaller needles, (2 mm), creating a denser garter-edge.

Head circumference 13 13.4 13.8 14.2 14.6 in
33 34 35 36 37 cm
Negative ease (-1cm) 32 33 34 35 36 cm
Cast on for garter sts (use smaller needles) 87 87 90 93 96 sts
Increase evenly over the row after garter stitch 6 6 6 6 6 sts
Main hat sts (use larger needles) 93 93 96 99 102 sts
Start dec every rnd after the foll sts 75 75 78 78 81 sts


If you’d like to knit this pattern with Koigu yarn and the same tensions as mine, the table above contains the stitch numbers from 33 cm to 37 cm, (i.e. 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking-stitch using 2.75mm needles)

Note: I’ll post a series of Knitting Tutorials on Tension Swatching soon, showing how to calculate the different number of stitches with your own tension.

Instead of adjusting the row tension, I calculated how much every other round decrease is worked, before I began decreasing the top every round. After knitting straight for 3 inches, start decreasing every other round until there are 108 sts left and approx. 80% stitches are decreased up to this point.

For my version of the hat, I decreased every other round until there were 80% sts left and then I started to decrease every round until there were 3 sts left.

Beautiful ‘Warm Welcome’ Hat for Baby!

I’m so pleased with the how this hat has turned out! Owing to its amazing colours, Koigu yarn, especially KPPPM, is great for stocking-stitch and works very well with dense garter-stitch, too. I’ll certainly knit this little hat again and it would make a lovely gift!



Responses to “Knitting for Baby: Pointy Hat for a New-born from Purl Soho”

  1. Imogen

    What a gorgeous hat! I can’t believe it’s only 3 weeks to your due date – wishing you luck and love.

    • Kyoko

      Hello Imogen!
      Thank you for your lovely comment! I know time flies so fast. I will definitely post the pic 😉 Can’t wait!

  2. Lindy

    What a sweet, little baby hat I love the bright colours and can’t wait to see a pic of your new baby wearing it!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Lindy!
      Thank you for your sweet comment. Yes I can’t wait the moment when I am putting the hat on the baby’s head!

  3. oh! You’re timing is impeccable! I need to make a hat for my son and I find wool so itchy, so this sounds like the perfect blend! I’ll be doing the child size. Thanks a bunch!

    • Kyoko

      Koigu yarn is wool but is a very nice and soft merino. I get itchy forehead with woolen hat but not this one. They have wonderful colours too!

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