Ava Lynne Baby Hat

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A few weeks ago my cousin gave birth to her third child, a girl, named Ava Lynne. She is a beautiful little girl and as soon as I saw a picture of her I was inspired to create my first baby hat pattern. As you can see, I even named it after her. This hat has a fairly simple eyelet pattern with decreases that are worked in so the little squiggles go up to the crown of the hat.

I have included sizing for Preemie up to 4 years old (newborn size pictured below), but I haven’t tested all the sizes yet so if you see an error let me know.

Ava Lynne

Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. (1 skein)
Size 5 DPNs (or size needed to obtain gauge).

Gauge:  5 sts/inch in Eyelet Stitch

Sizes: Preemie (Newborn, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 2 yrs, 3yrs, 4 yrs)
Approx. Finished Hat Circumferences: 11” (12”, 13”, 14”, 16”, 17″, 18”)

ssk: sl1 knit-wise, sl1 knit-wise, slip these 2 sts back to left needle & knit together through back loop.
K2tog: knit next 2 sts together

Pattern Repeats:  9(10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16)

Seed St:

Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat to end
Row 2: *P1, K1* repeat to end

Eyelet Stitch:

Row 1: *yo, k4, k2tog* to end
Row 2: *k1, yo, k3, k2tog* to end
Row 3: *k2, yo, k2, k2tog* to end
Row 4: *k3, yo, k1, k2tog* to end
Row 5: *k4, yo, k2tog* to end
Row 6: *ssk, k4, yo* to end
Row 7: *ssk, k3, yo, k1* to end
Row 8: *ssk, k2, yo, k2* to end
Row 9: *ssk, k1, yo, k3* to end
Row 10: *ssk, yo, k4* to end

Cast-On: 54 (60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 96) & join to work in the round.

Work Seed Stitch for 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6) rows.

Work in Eyelet stitch to 2.5″ (3″, 3.5″, 4.5″, 5″, 5.25″, 5.5”) from cast-on edge.


Work next row in the Eyelet St, but skip the yarn-overs (yo).
Follow chart below to find starting point on 1st Decreased Eyelet.
*If you decreased on row 3 of the eyelet, then start on row 4 of the Dec Eyelet.*

DecRow Start DecEyelets
1 2
2 3
3 4
4, 5, 6 5
7 6
8 7
9 8
10 1

Work 3 Rows of 1st Decreased Eyelet.

1st Decreased Eyelet:

Row 1: *yo, k3, k2tog* to end
Row 2: *k1, yo, k2, k2tog* to end
Row 3: *k2, yo, k1, k2tog* to end
Row 4: *k3, yo, k2tog* to end
Row 5: *ssk, k3, yo* to end.
Row 6: *ssk, k2, yo, k1* to end.
Row 7: *ssk, k1, yo, k2* to end.
Row 8: *ssk, yo, k3* to end

Work another decrease row – next row in First Decrease Eyelet St, skipping the yarn overs (yo).

Use chart below to find place in 2nd Dec Eyelet

DecRow Start DecEyelets
1 2
2 3
3, 4, 5 4
6 5
7 6
8 1

Work 1 row of 2nd Decreased Eyelet.

2nd Decreased Eyelet:

Row 1: *yo, k2, k2tog* to end
Row 2: *k1, yo, k1, k2tog* to end
Row 3: *k2, yo, k2tog* to end
Row 4: *ssk, k2, yo* to end
Row 5: *ssk, k1, yo, k1* to end
Row 6: *ssk, yo, k2* to end

Work Remaining Decrease rows as follows:

If you left off on Rows 1-3 of 2nd Dec Eyelet, then:

Row 1: *k2, k2tog* to end
Row 2: *K1, k2tog* to end
Row 3: *k2tog* to end

<2yr, 3yr, 4yr only>
Row 4:

Size 2y: *k2tog* to last st, k1

Size 3y: *k2tog* to end

Size 4y: *k2tog, k1, k2tog* to end

If you left off on Rows 4-6 of 2nd Dec Eyelet, then:

Row 1: *ssk, k2* to end
Row 2: *ssk, k1* to end
Row 3: *k2tog* to end

<2yr, 3yr, 4yr only>
Row 4:

Size 2y: *k2tog* to last st, k1

Size 3y: *k2tog* to end

Size 4y: *k2tog, k1, k2tog* to end

Cut yarn and pull through live stitches to close. Weave in ends. :D

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Julia says:

    This is hands down the cutest baby cap pattern I have found! I’m expecting in May and a (experienced but not paricularly talented ;-) intermediate knitter, but I’m going to give this a shot. Or 5…. whatever it takes ;-) Thanks so much for posting it, and happy holidays!

    • jenny says:

      Hi Julia,
      Thanks so much for commenting. It’s great to hear that people are enjoying my designs. I’m confident that you will find that this pattern it easier than it seems. That is actually one of my favorite things about this pattern. It has a lot of bang for the knitting ability needed to make it. ;)


  2. Linda Cardin says:

    Hi, thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I knit baby hat and clothes for a shelter for teenage mother and I will make a few hats with you pattern. Thanks for sharing. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    God bless you!

  3. Nina says:

    That’s really pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Angie says:

    I love this hat and love you have made several sizes. My neice was born 11 weeks premature and I’d like to make her all the sizes. However I am finding a hard time understanding the charts from the decrease. Is there a way you can help me with this?
    THanks you so much! This hat is beautiful!

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Angie –

      Thanks for your question. I emailed you more detailed instructions if you are still having problems please don’t hesitate to email me!


  5. Sheela says:

    I don’t understand the decrease chart. I can follow the pattern till you begin to decrease. can you explain it differently. Love the pattern and color you choose.

    Not a intermediate knitter, understand most directions with help of internet.


    • jenny says:


      First I would like to apologize for the confusion on the decrease charts. I was trying to come up with a simple way to write the pattern so that yarn gauge doesn’t matter too much. Unfortunately, that resulted in a more complicated pattern. When you get to the decreases you will need to take note of the row of the eyelet pattern that you decrease on. You use that row number to find what row you will pick up with in the decrease eyelet using the chart. If this still doesn’t make sense to you then I am happy to find the exact rows for you. When you have completely worked the pattern up to the decrease, email me the row you left off on and I will write up the rest of the pattern for you.

      Hope that helps,

  6. Sue Young says:

    Thanks for helping me with the ssk problem…. the video was great! NOW I have 3″ knitted and need to start decreasing, but can you please help me again? I don’t understand the chart you used or what to do. I am doing the newborn size because I had to use size 6 needles instead of 5s (no 5s were available) My 3″ that I have finished end with eyelet pattern row 10.

    I am going to ask a friend who knits, but if you could help in any way, I would appreciate it.


    • jenny says:

      Hi Sue!

      Sorry for the confusion. Next you will work Row 1 without the YO (this is your decrease row). Then you will work 3 rows of the decrease chart starting on Row 2 of the first decrease eyelet pattern. Then you will work Row 5 of the 1st decrease eyelet without the YO (another decrease row). You will then jump to the 2nd Decrease eyelet pattern and work Row 4. Continue on with the decrease as noted above.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Christine says:

    LOVE YOUR PATTERN! I’d like to make it but I’m not sure I understand it at all though because I’m a beginner. Did you use size 5 round knitting needles?

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Christine –

      Thanks so much! This hat is knit using US size 5 double-pointed needles and is worked in the round. You could also work it on a US size 5 circular needle for the larger sizes.


  8. Lisa says:

    Hi, I absolutly adore this pattern, I am a beginner kintting and i would love to try this pattern out but unfortunely i cannot understand the abbervations, My nan thought me how to knit 16 yrs ago and unfortunetly she has passed away so i cant ask anyone what they mean any help you can give would be great

    Thank You.

    • jenny says:

      Hi Lisa!
      Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I must have missed this comment somehow. I am working on a glossary of abbreviations for my patterns but until that is finished here is a good resource for you: Knitting Help

      Hope that helps!

  9. Ann says:

    Do you have a pattern that you could e-mail me that has the decrease rows as in k2 k2tog or which rows not to yarn over on. I have been 2 days trying to figure it out. Have been knitting for 50 yrs. Am determined as the hat is just sooo sweet.

    • jenny says:

      Hi Ann –

      Sorry about the confusion. This was my first pattern and it is now in need of a serious rewrite. :) If you email me at jerinknits@gmail.com with the last regular eyelet stitch that was knit before decreases then I give you a run down of the rest of the pattern.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Erin says:

    I loved making this hat! i made it with 6′s due to my tension. i found it pretty easy to follow, also. i was able to get the newborn size done in a few hours :) my friend had her baby and she was larger than i was expecting so i am going to cast on the 3-6 month size. Thanks again for pattern, i shared it with my sister :)

  11. Abigail says:

    I’d really like to make this in three different sizes for three siblings as a present, but one of the girls is about 6 years old or so. Is there any easy way to increase it to that? If not, I can always use the Zaggity pattern, but since the two oldest siblings are both girls, i think they’ll like this one more. I’m guessing it’d be about a cast on of 108 stitches, and maybe working the pattern for 6 inches, but I’m bad at modifying patterns like that, especially when I don’t have any way to measure them. Thanks.

    • jenny says:

      Hi Abigail –

      Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you. The 108 cast on should work fine. That would put the hat at 20″ circumference though so that might be a little big. You could also do one extra repeat of the pattern – that would be a 102 st cast on making the finished circumference 19″. It really depends on the 6 year old. You could do the 108 st cast on to be save. It would most likely fit with more room to grow that way. :) Good luck!

      hope that helps,

  12. Ellen says:

    I would love you knit this hat. I knit hats for premie to be given to different hospitals.

    I have tried repeatedly to copy the pattern. I can’t afford the ink to copy as is with the blue background.

    I have a desk top PC and it is impractical to knit from the screen. Wish I had a laptop.

    My other problem is I don’t understand the decrease charts shown in the pattern.

    I will appreciate any help you can give me.


    • jenny says:

      Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you. We are working on providing a pdf downloadable version of all patterns that will be on a printer friendly background. In the meantime, I would be happy to email you a copy of the pattern. :)

      As far as the decreases go the charts really need updating. It’s on my list of to-dos! You basically use the last regular row knitted to find which row you start on in the decrease pattern. If this doesn’t help then please email me with your last regular row, when you are ready for decreases and I walk you through the chart. I’m going to try to have this updated with an easier to read pattern within the next couple of weeks.


  13. Cynthia says:

    Hi. Your pattern of the Ava Lynne Baby Hat is very cute. Do you have an instructional video of the Ava Lynne Baby Hat? If so, where can I find it?

    Thank you

    • jenny says:

      Hi Cynthia –

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you like the pattern. I do not have an instructional video of it but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!


  14. Suman says:

    This is a very cute design ! i was just wondering, could you tell me how to read those instructions ? Is there some link i could read thru to learn these ?
    I have knitted before, but have never used the codes you use..
    Just bought some wool to knit for my baby (arrives in 2 months!)

    Thanks a lot !
    - Suman

  15. carla says:

    Hi im a beginner but love the look of your hat, was wondering if it was at all possible for u to put the pattern in more simpler terms? i.e row for row, as im not to good at reading patterns? i understand if this wouldnt be worth ur time but thought it would be worth asking. thank u

    • jenny says:

      Hi Carla –

      I do have plans to update this pattern with simpler instructions for the decreases but I haven’t been able to find the time lately. I hope to get it done within the next month or so. Keep checking back! Or following me on twitter or facebook to receive updates.


  16. Tana says:

    Hey having trouble understanding.
    I only have knitted in row by row.
    But I really wanna knit this. Do u have the pattern simplified a bit. ;)
    Thanks it’s stunning.

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Tana –

      I have not yet updated this pattern but I plan on doing so some time soon. You can keep checking back or follow me on facebook or twitter for updates.


  17. Kiều Dung says:

    Hi Jenny, I like this parttern so much and want to knit it for my daughter… but I don’t know to use 5 double-pointed needles… Could you rewrite this parttern with 2 needles … :-((
    I’m Sorry, If I bother you… :-*

  18. Sarah Neuman says:

    I love this pattern, and have made a couple of hats using it for my brother’s twins that are due in February. However, I would LOVE to make a sweater using the same eyelet pattern to match. I tried to adapt the pattern to knit it flat (the sweater style is a wrap, so it’s not knit in the round) but have trouble in that the edges end up diagonal instead of straight due to the k2tog at the edge. Would you have any suggestions on how I could recreate this amazing pattern for the flat body of a sweater? Thank you so much!

    • Sarah Neuman says:

      Update: I spent some time today messing around with stitches on the edges of the pattern and I think I have it figured out! Thanks again for a very cute, very pretty eyelet stitch!

      • jenny says:

        Hiya Sarah –

        I would love to see pics of your finished garment. I’m sure it will be adorable! Sorry I didn’t get back to you quick enough to be of any sure.

        Good luck with your design!

  19. Sheree Clark says:

    Hello, what a beautiful pattern! I’m planning to knit it for a friend who’s just had a baby girl.

    I’ve just started knitting it in the 3-6 month size, but I’m having some trouble at the end of row 7 of the first band of eyelet stitch… When I get the the end of the row, I am one stitch short (only 65 stitches so can’t do the *yo, k1*). Is this meant to happen, or have I made a mistake somewhere? I counted back the stitches to see if I’d missed a step but I hadn’t. There are 66 stitches cast on before I knit this row.

    Any advice would be great! Thanks.

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Sheree –

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you like the pattern. My first guess would be that you missed a YO on row 6. If you are sure there are 66 sts before you start this row then I would make sure that you didn’t brought a YO from the previous row as you were working. That’s the most common error with this kind of eyelet patterns. I would back knit the whole row and recount. If you have 66 sts then proceed with Row 7 being very careful where those YO come into play. If you have any more information and would like more help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Hope that helps,

  20. marilyn needham says:

    Hi Jenny,would it be possible to have the pattern with 2 ordinary needles please? also what is the English equivalent of the yarn please, cheers and thanks Marilyn in England,

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Marilyn –

      Any worsted weight yarn would likely work for this pattern. You will just need to be sure to gauge and you may need to adjust the needle size to get the gauge for this pattern. :)

      I’m sorry I have no plans to rewrite this pattern for 2 needles. Knitting in the round is not as hard as it seems though! ;)


  21. Christine Englund says:

    I see in your posts that you said you would try to write some simpler instructions for the decreasing portion of the baby hat. Have you gotten a chance to do this yet? I have gotten to the point where I need to start decreasing and just cannot figure out where to go from here. I left off at row 10 on the eyelet stitch. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. I would love to finish this hat!

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Christine,

      I think I may have already responded to this question in an email. I have not yet created a simpler version of this pattern. But it’s still on my to-do list, I promise!!