Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mock Honeycomb Baby Hat

Yep, it's been awhile. But I'm back knitting up a storm...

This is a fun little baby hat to make in the round. I made mine too small, but have adjusted the pattern below to be a more realistic baby size. To fit ages approx. 0-3 months (6+ months).

Needles: US #8, circular and dpn, or two circular
Malabrigo, Pure Merino Wool
Less than half the ball (ball total is 216 yards)

st(s): Stitch(es)
K: Knit
P: Purl
M1: Make one st by knitting the stitch, then knitting it again before dropping it from your needle.
Sl: Slip the stitch
wyif: With yarn in front (as if to purl)

With 16" circular needles, cast on 64(72) sts
Join in the round, careful not to twist sts
K2, P2 until the piece measures 2"

M1 st
Now you have 65(73) sts

Begin mock honeycomb pattern:
(Multiple of 4 + 1)
Rows 1, 3 and 5: Knit all
Rows 2 and 4: k1, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from *
Row 6: k2, *insert needle under all the slipped stitch strands below and knit the next st bringing the strands over and off the right needle, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2
Rows 7, 9 and 11: Knit all
Rows 8 and 10: k3, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from *, end k2
Row 12: k4, *insert needle under all the slipped stitch strands below and knit the next st bringing the strands over and off the right needle, k3; rep from *, end k1 Rep Rows 1-12

Once the work measures 5.5" start to decrease starting on row 1 or 7:
Row 1: K2tog, K all 64(72) sts
Row 2: *K6, K2tog* 8(9) times
Row 2: *K5, K2tog*
Row 3: *K4, K2tog*
Row 4: *K3, K2 tog*
Row 5: *K2, K2tog*
Row 6: *K1, K2og*
Thread needle through remaining 8 stitches and pull tight.
Weave in loose ends.

If you knit this pattern, will you please let me know how the size turned out? Mine was very small when I CO 56 sts, but I want to make sure the larger sizes are appropriate. Thanks!


  1. i love this hat! i made it in cream to match atoms 1st birthday blanket I am knitting right now for my cousin. your projects are always so cute and easy to follow. thanks!

  2. Yay! So glad you liked it! More patterns coming soon :)

  3. Is the multiple of 4 + 1 correct? I've been trying to knit this pattern into a sock and I'm getting into trouble knitting it in the round. Don't you end up with a knit at the beginning and end of your row? Or am I missing something obvious? Thanks!

  4. Hi Lynn,
    Geez, I don't even really remember making this hat now (please excuse my baby brain!) but I do know I got the pattern from here:
    and it does say the same thing!
    I just looked at my hat and there is something a little funky happening at the seam, so it may need to be modified to knit in the round. Maybe this will help:
    Good luck!

  5. How did you make the mock honeycomb look like petals or dragon scales, when the other photos of this stitch look like bee hives? Is it just the tension on the slipped stiches? I'm trying to knit a long green scarf with this stich, so not in the round. will that change my beginning and end of rows?

    (My son wants me to sew eyes on it and he can pretend it's a dragon or a snake.)

    Thanks :)

  6. Hi Kazel,

    Huh, that's a good question, I didn't really even notice the difference until you pointed it out. I think you must be right that it's a tension thing, I probably left them pretty loose. I would play around with it and see if that makes the difference!

    I would read more about the pattern here to see if it matters about being in the round:

    They show a couple patterns that are NOT in the round that may help.

    LOVE the idea for your son!!! Sounds so cute!
    Good luck :)

  7. Thanks for replying with the link, I'd looked at before it without comparing the instructions. They say to purl the alternate rows where your instructions are to knit. Did you invent a new stitch? Or doesn't it matter which way. But then who would purl the whole way when they could knit? I'm a beginner, this is an ambitious project for me and I'm determined to nail this stitch! :)

  8. Hi, I've been purling and keeping the tension loose and its looking awesome!