How to Knit a Children's Stocking Cap

by Jessica Daniel, Demand Media

    Knit stocking caps keep the head toasty warm while adding whimsy to the long months of winter. Worked in the round in a simple stitch pattern, the knit stocking cap works up quickly. Let your child pick out her favorite color for the knit hat. This hat is knit at a gauge of four stitches to the inch and made for a child's head measuring 18 inches. The cap makes a perfect gift for winter birthdays or holidays.

    Step 1

    Cast 72 stitches onto the circular needle. Place a marker and join to begin working in the round.

    Step 2

    Work in knit one, purl one ribbing for 4 inches. This creates a brim for the hat that will fold up.

    Step 3

    Work the hat in stockinette stitch for 4 inches. Stockinette stitch is worked in the round by knitting every stitch on every round.

    Step 4

    Knit seven stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work for 1 inch in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 5

    Knit six stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work for 1 inch in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 6

    Knit five stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work for 1/2 inch in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 7

    Knit four stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work for 1/2 inch in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 8

    Knit three stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work for 1/2 inch in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 9

    Knit two stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work two rounds in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 10

    Knit one stitch then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Work two rounds in stockinette stitch without decreasing.

    Step 11

    Knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Cut the yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the end onto a tapestry needle and pull through the remaining stitches. Pull tight to secure, and weave in the end on the wrong side of the hat.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Add a bobble to the end of the long stocking cap. Sew it down to the end using the tail end of yarn from the cap.

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    About the Author

    Jessica Daniel has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked in the arts-and-crafts field, publishing knitting patterns with Lorna's Laces and My Sister's Knits. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies from St. Xavier University.