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Knitting the Luca Baby Hat: Step-by-Step Guide

Knitting for babies has its own charm. Each stitch is imbued with your dedication and best wishes for the little one. Today, I'm sharing with you a knitting pattern for a baby hat that's soft and comfortable, perfect for the little ones.

Materials Needed

  • Approximately 25 grams of Baby Merino Drops in your main color and 10 gr in complementary color, to give it a splash.

  • 1 pompom, 5 cm in diameter, for the final touch.

  • 2.5 mm knitting needles for the ribbing, and 3 mm needles for the main part of the hat.

  • A tapestry needle for finishing touches. 

Essential Stitches

  • Stockinette stitch for the body of the hat.

  • x1 Rib stitch for the elastic border. 


A 10x10 cm (4x4 in) gauge should have 32 stitches by 44 rows in stockinette stitch, ensuring the hat is the right size.

Explanation of Stitches

Stockinette stitch

Row 1 (and RS rows): Knit all stitches.

Row 2 (and WS rows): Purl all stitches.

1x1 Ribbing stitch

Row 1 (and RS rows): Knit 1, purl 1 until the end of the row.

Row 2 (and WS rows): Work stitches as they present themselves.

Repeat instructions in ()* until end of row or the next set of stitches.

Practical Tips:

  • Don't overlook the selvedge stitches for a clean finish. The first and last stitches on each row are considered edge (selvedge) stitches. The first one is always slipped without knitting (except on the first row after casting on stitches) and the last one is worked according to pattern.

  • Increases and decreases are crucial. The number of stitches to increase or decrease is represented by two figures separated by the ‘x’ sign (for example decrease 21x8 sts). In these cases, the first figure corresponds to the number of times to increase/decrease (rows), and the second number to the number of stitches that are increased/decreased for each row. In the example presented, you would decrease 21 times 8 sts.

For more detailed instructions and visual aid, visit my Etsy shop, where you'll find this pattern available in sizes up to 24 months.

Knitting Pattern (Size 0-3 months)

Cast on 126 stitches with main color using 2.5 mm needles.

Work in 1x1 Rib stitch for 30 rows, incorporating the complementary color on rows 5, 6, 9, and 10.

Switch to 3 mm needles for 26 rows of stockinette stitch.


Continue with the decrease pattern over 26 rows to shape the hat. Work 26 rows in Stockinette stitch, decreasing 13x9 sts on RS rows as follows (=9 sts at the end of the decreases):

    Row 1: K6 (K2Tog K12)* K2Tog K6

    Row 3: K6 (K2Tog K11)* K2Tog K5

    Row 5: K5 (K2Tog K10)* K2Tog K5

    Row 7: K5 (K2Tog K9)* K2Tog K4

    Row 9: K4 (K2Tog K8)* K2Tog K4

    Row 11: K4 (K2Tog K7)* K2Tog K3

    Row 13: K3 (K2Tog K6)* K2Tog K3

    Row 15: K3 (K2Tog K5)* K2Tog K2

    Row 17: K2 (K2Tog K4)* K2Tog K2

    Row 19: K2 (K2Tog K3)* K2Tog K1

    Row 21: K1 (K2Tog K2)* K2Tog K1

    Row 23: (K1 K2Tog)*

    Row 25: (K2Tog)* 

Finishing Up

Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches and close the top of the hat.

Seam the back of the hat.

Attach the pompom at the top.

Secure any loose ends, and voila, you have a finished hat.


cm = centimeters

gr = grams

K = knit

K2Tog= knit 2 together

m = meters

mm = millimeters

RS = right side

st(s) = stitch(es)


This hat is a practical and lovingly made gift, perfect for the little ones. If you're looking to vary the size or need more detailed instructions, my Etsy shop is your go-to resource.

Knitting is about sharing a piece of yourself with every stitch. So, grab your needles and start knitting something special today.

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