Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat


Vintage Free Baby Knitting Pattern - Pique Ribbed Hat and Socks |

It seems I’m always looking for a new baby hat knitting pattern. This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique’ rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color.  Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to cradle the most tender little noggins.

Note: The pique’ rib stitch pattern is a 10 stitch repeat. You can adjust the circumference of the hat by adding or subtracting 10 stitches to your cast on.

size: newborn gauge: 8 stitches per inch
materials: approx 30 grams/130 yards superwash fingering weight sock yarn
2.5 mm needles (double points or long circular for magic loop knitting)

cast on 100 stitches with 2.5 mm needles or size needed to achieve gauge

[(p,k) 3 times, p, k3] around for about 8 rows or until length is about 3/4 inch (2 cm)

Body of Hat:
rounds 1-3: (p3, k1, p3, k3) repeat to end of round
round 4: purl
repeat rounds 1 -4 twelve times

Begin Decreases:
round 1: (p2tog, p1, k1, p3, k3) around
round 2: knit in pattern (knit knit stitches and purl purl stitches)
round 3: (p2,k1, p2tog, p1, k3) around
round 4: purl around
round 5: (p2, k1, p2, k2tog, k1) around
round 6: knit in pattern,
round 7: (p2tog, k1, p2tog, k2) around
round 8: purl around
round 9: (p1, k1, p1, k2tog) around
round 10: knit in pattern
round 11: k2 tog around
round 12: purl around
round 13: k2tog around

break yarn and thread through remaining 10 stitches to finish

baby hat knitting pattern

This hat looks a bit narrow and long when finished. I’ve found that superwash wool yarn tends to grow when it gets wet, so washing the finished object, then laying it flat to dry brings it to the perfect dimensions for newborns.

Next post I’ll share the Vintage Pique’ Rib Socks pattern. Hint: they’re knit toe up. If you’ve been wanting to learn – baby socks are a great way to start!

Download Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat PDF.


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  1. Shelly
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Wonderful pattern – It looks like such a fun knit. And yes I like the instant gratification of a fun small pattern. Thank you for sharing.

    • Mom
      Posted July 16, 2014 at 6:05 am | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Shelly. Thanks for being so kind to take the time to comment. <3

  2. Barbara Bagley
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    VINTAGE, always attracts my eyes. Haha
    Small patterns always welcomed. Such an attractive pattern
    for sock, and sport yarn, too.

    • Mom
      Posted July 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Awwww Thanks Mom! <3

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