Cherry Branch Hat (Free Knitting Pattern)

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Remember the knitting pattern I’ve been writing? The one for the beautiful blanket that I’ve been diligently working on for months? Well, the blanket is done, the pattern needs proof-reading and photographs are forthcoming, so in the meantime, I decided to try my hand at a simpler pattern. (Because heaven forbid I should start with a simple pattern in the first place.)

This pattern is so simple, in fact, that even if you’ve never knit a hat before, you could try your hand at this one – not least because you know exactly where to bring your questions. (If you do try it, please let me know how it goes! I would love to see photos.)


Cherry Branch Hat

This is one of the most basic hats you will ever knit, but because it’s so simple, the pattern is incredibly versatile. I love to embellish these hats with all manner of embroidery, buttons, and felt details (I’ve already knit half a dozen), but I’m sure you’ll find your own way to fancy these up.

Another big advantage to this hat is the rolled brim: you’ll notice that the sizes are pretty broad, and that’s because the rolled brim allows the hat to grow with your child. The toddler size is a little loose on my 7 month old and a little snug on my (almost) 3 year old, so rest assured that you’ll get a lot of mileage out of a single hat.

One final note: this hat is not machine washable. The yarn specified is wool, and if you use wool felt for the details, you will definitely not want to put it in the washing machine. If that’s a problem for you, there are several superwash wool and wool/cotton blends available that would work just as well for this pattern (try Cascade or Mission Falls for some great superwash options).

Materials
Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe (55% Bamboo/45% Wool), 1 skein Sprout
US 8 circular needles (16” length), or size needed to obtain gauge
US 8 double-pointed needles (set of 4), or size needed to obtain gauge
Scrap yarn, embroidery thread and a small amount of wool felt, in desired colors
Tapestry needle
Embroidery needle
Stitch marker

Gauge
16 sts and 21 rows = 4”

Size
Instructions are written for Baby (Toddler).
Circumference: 16 (17½)”
Height: 7 ½ (8 ½)”

Abbreviations
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together

Pattern
CO 60 (70) stitches. Taking care not to twist the stitches, join into a round and place marker at the beginning of the round.

Knit in the round until hat measures 4.5″ (5.5″ for large).

Begin decreasing as follows, switching to double-pointed needles when the stitches are too tight to knit comfortably.

First decrease round: *k8, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *k7, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 4: Knit.
Round 5: *k6, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: *k5, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 8: Knit.
Round 9: *k4, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 10: Knit.
Round 11: *k3, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 12: *k2, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Round 13: *k1, k2tog* Repeat to end.
Final round: *ktog* Repeat to end. You now have 6 (7) stitches remaining on your needle. Cut yarn, leaving 6″ tail; pull it through remaining stitches and weave in ends.

Using a small amount of scrap yarn, embroider the branch in the outline stitch. Because you’re paying homage to nature here, I find it looks much more realistic to free hand the branch design (as opposed to drawing it on the hat beforehand).

Cut flowers out of felt (with these, I find it helpful to either draw a pattern onto scrap paper, then pin it into place on the felt and cut around it, or use a quilter’s pencil to draw a template directly onto the felt).With your embroidery thread, use the daisy stitch to attach flowers to the hat. Knot thread and weave ends into the underside of the embroidery.

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7 thoughts on “Cherry Branch Hat (Free Knitting Pattern)

  1. sheilakelley

    I am a great fan of yours. I did the little hat with the tie on top and made several…(6) for the summer in cotton yarn..since my granddaughter tends to loose them. She is only 16 months..so is forgiven..her parents however should not be..but since I love to knit I just make more from your site.
    This little nature hat is right up my alley too as I am a nature lover
    So thanks for all the patterns…keep them coming
    Sheila

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  2. Théa Post author

    Thank you! I’m so glad that you like the pattern: I hope it works out perfectly (and I’d love to see photos when you’re finished!).

    And lost hats, especially when handknit, are tragic. My daughter tends to lose only handknit hats, and typically, only the ones that I really like. Oh, well.

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    1. gill

      brilliant I’ll make at least 5 one for each grandchild as to lost hats gloves etc a short length of soft ribbon with half a popper (prestud) stitched to the ribbon and the other end stitched to the hat etc and the other half of the popper stitched to the neck or sleeves of coat works well until the child is ab.out 3

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  3. Liisa Martin

    Wondering what you would suggest for the Cherry Branch Hat instead of the flowers if it were for a boy? Your hat looks so cheery.. can’t wait until I have some free time to make at least one!

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    1. Théa Post author

      I have done a blue one with a simple orange felt fish on it: cut the fish out and stitch up and down the body so that the stitches look like stripes. Then, use a French knot for the fish’s eye, embroider some bubbles on the knitted fabric and voila! It’s an underwater beanie.

      Another option would be a simple branch with leaves, like this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74849519/baby-sprout-knit-hat-green.

      Happy embroidering! If you have any wonderful ideas, please feel free to post them here! I’d love to see what you come up with.

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