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Newborn Long Tail Hat

by Ellen Kerkow
(Portland OR)

pictures by Erin Tole Photography

pictures by Erin Tole Photography

pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography pictures by Erin Tole Photography

This hat was made for my second son to use for newborn pictures. I had seen some similar hats and thought "I can make that!" So I started knitting and made desicions as I went.


I used Malabrigo worsted yarn- my favorite since I made a hat for my older son. It is so soft and comes in so many beautiful colors. I used size 8 needles (size 7 for the ribbing)- everything I knit anymore is on size 8 (or bigger)... I knit a baby sweater on size 6 and it took way too long- bigger is better! I like bamboo or birch dpns because they feel warm and don't slip.

I always start with gauge, then multiply gauge by size in inches to determine how many to cast on. I usually have to add a few sts up or down to fit my pattern. For this hat, my gauge was 5 sts/in, my size was 14" around, and I ended up casting on 66sts.

The rest of the pattern is as follows:
Work 1x1 rib for 6 rounds
Switch to size 8 needles, work stockinette c/ stripe for 1 3/4"
Decrease:
row 1: K9 K2tog
row 2 & all evens: knit
row 3: K8 K2tog
etc.
When 6 sts remain per decrease, K 6 rows between decreases. Do this twice.
Next K 12 rows between decreases. Do this x4. Last section will be 3sts total, easier to K as icord.
End of tail is braid with knotted end & tassel

This hat was pretty quick to knit since it was for such a small head. I was having trouble getting it done though between working full time and taking care of my 2 year old- good thing the baby was a few days late!

Knitting for kids is fun and easy. I have had a lot more success since I statred writing all my patterns down so I can duplicate things easier- I have a little knitting book where everything is recorded. I usually don't follow standard patterns exactly, I find it's easier to determine my gauge and work from there, especially for hats, where there are only a few decisions to be made.






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Jun 12, 2015
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May 14, 2015
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amazing NEW
by: James

This baby remind me my child hood , wow looks awesome i never seen before these type of interesting informative make my heart emotional.. safety flooring

Apr 15, 2015
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Newborn Long Tail Hat NEW
by: Anonymous

Is it ok if I use different yarn because knitting is my hobby and I already have made a hat for my baby. I have some yarn left and I am thinking about making this long tail hat. It looks do cute on the baby. I think you chose the best color combination, I will follow the same. Try www.rushessay.com whenever you face problems in writing.

Apr 10, 2015
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Mrs NEW
by: Anonymous

I am currently teaching a class and part of the curriculum involves this subject matter. Do you have any other posts I can look at regarding this?
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Mar 06, 2015
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awesome cute NEW
by: mccullum

Hi Ellen the new born Long Tail Hay is so beautiful and I love to see them in my babies. I loved it a lot. It is awesome and the colour coding is so good. And I believe that the best gift I can give to my dear cute son. Thanks a lotWindows 10.

Dec 25, 2014
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Helen NEW
by: Anonymous

She is using double point needles, so there is no turning of rows because she is knitting in rounds.

Jul 30, 2013
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Confusing NEW
by: Helen

Knitting every row from the discounts will give a garter stitch pattern and not stocking stitch- Knit one row purl one row I've been knitting over 40yrs and still find this "simple" pattern confusing the decreases dont add up

Mar 05, 2013
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Agreed NEW
by: Anonymous

The hat is lovely. Very cute, nicely made and I love the colors. However, I am in agreement with "Not Safe". Although you did state that you made this for your newborn's photo shoot, you should make it very plain that this type of hat is to be used as a photography prop ONLY. That's what this style of newborn hat is designed for. These long tail hats are adorable, but not intended for wear as they are not safe for the newborn. They are photo shoot props and it's important to be responsible and make this clear to anyone who is considering making this hat.

Feb 21, 2013
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not safe! NEW
by: Anonymous

Cute, till your baby wraps that long tail around its neck and strangles itself.

Feb 21, 2013
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not safe! NEW
by: Anonymous

Cute, till your baby wraps that long tail around its neck and strangles itself.

Feb 12, 2013
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Questions about decrease NEW
by: crissi

If you k9 k2tog, you end up with 10 stitches left per decrease section. So after that first round, it would be 60 stitches, not 54 correct? Or am I doing something wrong.

I've tried this hat many different times now and I still end up with 60 stitches after the k9 2tog round and at the end, after k2tog, I have 6 stitches not 3. Please advise! Thank you! :)

Nov 28, 2012
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Confused with Decrease NEW
by: Stephanie

I am confused with the decrease.
I am a long time knitter (and an accountant) and I can't figure out how you manage to get 3 stitches total on your three needles.
The best I can count is 6 stitches, over 3 needles after you k0,k2tog

Are you k2tog once more?
That is the only way I can figure it out.

Sep 03, 2012
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larger size NEW
by: Anonymous

How many stitches do I need to start with to make it 18in?

Jun 15, 2012
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Newborn long tail hat NEW
by: Anonymous

I have started knitting it and am looking forward to seeing the end result. It's JUST the little hat I have been looking for.

Jan 18, 2012
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Flippin' Love It NEW
by: MrsLuzius

I'm pregnant with twin boys and when I saw this adorable hat I knew that I had to make two of them for my boys. Gonna do one in blue and one in green, since we are color coding babies. Thanks sooooo much.

Feb 06, 2011
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My interpretation
by: Judy Obee (www.ReadKnittingPatterns.com)

Rnd 1: *K9. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: K.
Rnd 3: *K8. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 4: K.
Rnd 5: *K7. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 6: K.
Rnd 7: *K6. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 8: K.
Rnd 9: *K5. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (There are now 6 stitches per decrease) Rnds 10-14: K.
Rnd 15: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnds 16-20: K.
Rnd 21: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnds 22-32: K.
Rnd 33: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round.
Rnds 34-44: K.
Rnd 45: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (If you cast on 66 stitches, there are now 6 stitches left)
Rnds 46-56: K.
Rnd 47: *K2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (If you cast on 66 stitches, there are now 3 stitches left)
Rnds 48-58: K.

Feb 06, 2011
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the tail
by: Dian

Can someone help me???? When making the tail what does "when 6 sts remain per decreses, k6 rows between decreases. Do this twice."
"next k12 rows between decreases. Do this x4."

I am a new this knitter and love the hat....but just don't get it........sorry

Thanks

Jan 25, 2011
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Nice hat
by: Anonymous

Nice hat and well done on winning the competition

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Jan 11, 2011
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Just what I was looking for!
by: Sarah

Awwww! This is so cute! This is just what I was looking for! I will be using Red Heart Camo yarn and will be trying for the first time this pattern and will be making a matching baby cacoon/wrap set for my sister-in-law. The baby's theme is camo! :) Can't wait to get started! Thanks for the simple, yet cute pattern!

Dec 11, 2010
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so cute!!
by: Heather Goldan

I love this one because I've seen these type of hats for sale and now that you've broken it down I realize I could knit this pretty quickly!

Dec 11, 2010
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cute
by: Vicky

So cute, thanks for sharing your pattern, I'm due in February and plan to knit this!

Dec 10, 2010
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Adorable!
by: Casey

Super cute!

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