Two more baby hats...
These are both with yarn from knit picks, shine sport and using a technique I learned from their website, the magic loop method for circular knitting (highly recommended for those who dislike dpns!). I have started buying some yarn from this website and am generally pleased with the quality - and affordability is definitely a big selling point. I used less than one skein for each of these hats so that was great!
Patterns (based on my memory of what I did, I was making it up as I went along)
Using size 4 circular needles (long enough to do magic loop - I used 36" I think), CO 80 st, join in the round. Knit in seed stitch for 5-6 rounds (not sure how many I did). Cont knitting in stockinette st until hat reaches ~4.5 inches. Place markers every 10 stitches. Dec round: k2tog before each marker. After first dec round, knit two rounds. Then alternate dec rounds and knitting rounds until you have 8 st remaining. For the last round, k2tog 4 times, then run tail through remaining stitches, tighten and weave in end. This makes about a 15" circumference hat which should be good for a newborn/very young baby.
Using size 4 circular needles (again, long enough to do the magic loop), co 84 st, join in the round. Knit in st st until hat reaches ~4.5 inches (with brim rolled, ~5 inches if you unroll it). Place markers every 14 st (a total of 6 markers). Dec round: k2tog before ea marker, ssk after ea marker. After first dec round, knit two rounds. Then alternate dec rounds and knitting rounds until you have 12 st remaining. k2tog 6 times, leaving 6 stitches remaining. Work 6 stitches as i-cord until you have a cord long enough to tie in a knot at the top of the hat. This makes a ~16" circumference hat which would be good for an newborn/young baby but is stretchy enough that they probably won't outgrow it too fast.