This hat is favoured by the hospital nurses because of the foldable brim that gently hugs a baby’s head. The pattern is published to raise awareness about the Period of Purple Crying Program at the IWK Health Centre. The PURPLE program educates parents about normal infant crying and teaches coping skills in order to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The striped (not-all-purple) hat sends a message that the ‘purple period’ is a part of baby’s normal development and will pass. Both hats are made with the same pattern. For a plain hat, see a purple note at the end.
Photography: Shannon Bower. Photos used with permission.
Technical editing: Charlotte Quiggle.
Materials: DK weight (Light #3) soft acrylic yarn in purple (MC), 43m (47 yrds), and green (CC) 6m (7 yrds); 3.25 mm (US#3) and 4 mm (US#6) double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker
k = knit
p = purl
p1-tbl = purl through the back loop
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
sl (slip)= transfer a stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right without knitting
sts = stitches
MC = main colour
CC = contrast colour
Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rnds over 10 cm (4″) in stockinette st on larger needles.
Head circumference: 37 cm (14.5 inches), average newborn size.
PLEASE NOTE: the hat’s cast-on edge must be very stretchy to fit comfortably over a baby’s head. Please follow cast-on instructions.
Pattern Note: This pattern is written for a smooth, ‘jogless’ colour change. Do not cut the contrasting color between stripes; carry up the inside.
With two smaller needles held together, cast on 60 sts using MC yarn. Pull one needle out. Distribute sts evenly on 3 double-pointed needles (20 on each); mark beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-22: K1, p1-tbl.
Switch to larger needles.
Rnds 23-28: MC. Knit.
Rnd 29: CC. Knit.
Rnd 30: Sl 1, knit to end.
Rnd 31: MC. Knit.
Rnd 32: Sl 1, knit to end.
Rnds 33-34: Knit.
Rnd 35: CC. Knit.
Rnd 36: Sl 1, knit to end.
Rnd 37: MC. Knit.
Rnd 38: Sl 1, knit to end.
Rnds 39-42: Knit.
Rnd 43: (K8, k2tog) 6 times. (54 sts)
Rnd 44: Knit.
Rnd 45: (K7, k2tog) 6 times. (48 sts)
Rnd 46: Knit.
Rnd 47: (K6, k2tog) 6 times. (42 sts)
Rnd 48: Knit.
Rnd 49: (K5, k2tog) 6 times. (36 sts)
Rnd 50: (K4, k2tog) 6 times. (30 sts)
Rnd 51: (K3, k2tog) 6 times. (24 sts)
Rnd 52: (K2, k2tog) 6 times. (18 sts)
Rnd 53: (K1, k2tog) 6 times. (12 sts)
Rnd 54: (K2tog) 6 times. (6 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a 15 cm (6″) tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
To knit a hat in one colour, read the pattern as follows: Rnds 23-42: Knit.
Sizing tip: change the size by adjusting the cast-on number by 6 sts. The decreases are worked over 6 sections (2 sections on each of 3 needles). Calculate the number of stitches in each section when you start decreasing (Rnd43) and work knit to last 2 sts of section, k2tog, in each section, alternating decrease and knit rounds until you have 42 sts left. Then follow the pattern as given, starting from Rnd48.