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Apple of My Eye

Updated: May 23, 2019

You reach a certain point in life and suddenly everyone around you is having a baby from friends and family to coworkers. It becomes a daunting task to try and find the right baby gift for everyone, and still stick to your budget. The big question becomes how to find something that is both meaningful and fits your relationship with the parent(s) to be. For me the answer came in the form of an apple hat.



Years ago I had seen this adorable pattern for a infant sized hat that looked like an apple. At the time I had no one to knit it for so I passed it by, but the idea stuck with me. Then the baby boom started. About five years ago all of a sudden there were pregnant cousins, and coworkers to be followed shortly by friends. And that was when the apple hat came back to me. Since I didn’t have a pattern I played around with a few different versions and sizes. (I really miss calculated on one and it turned out the right size for the mother, rather that the baby, but that is all part of the process).


The reception was fantastic. Whether it was at an office shower or a big family one, everyone loved these hats, and they always ended up being the hit of the party. For years I continued to make these without a pattern just playing around with sizes or what leaf design I liked and storing the finished hats until the next cycle of showers (for some reason I never need just one).


I have finally written up a pattern for the hat and am sharing it with all of you. It comes in two sizes the smaller one is for newborn to three months, and the larger is three to six months. Personally I usually make the larger size. I got into the habit because of my mother, who always gives much larger sizes. If you are wondering why we all do this, it’s because I was a very large baby when I was born and my mother couldn’t use any of the clothing sized for newborns. She took that lesson to heart and always make sure the parents to be will have some larger sizes, just in case.


Both sizes are made using the same materials. A set of US size #7 double pointed needles, and three balls of cotton yarn in red, green and brown. Most of the time I use Lily’s Sugar and Cream, but any cotton or bamboo yarn would work, just make sure to double check your gauge.



To check your gauge cast on 10 stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 14 rows. You should end up with a 2.5 inch square.


To make the hat cast on on 48 stitches for the smaller size and 56 for the larger, in red. Divide evenly over three needles and join for working in the round being careful to not twist your stitches. Knit even for 4 inches for the smaller size and 5 inches for the larger size. Remember that when working in the round, knitting every round produces a stockinette stitch, no need to purl.



Next you are going to have to decrease to make the crown or top of the hat. For both sizes use the same decrease instructions until you reach round 10. Make sure that you follow the correct instructions for round 10 based on the size hat you are making. For the number of stitches remaining the larger hat size is listed in parentheses.


Round 1: Knit 6 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 42 (49) stitches remaining.


Round 2: Knit all stitches.


Round 3: Knit 5 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 36 (42) stitches remaining.


Round 4: Knit all stitches.


Round 5: Knit 4 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 30 (35) stitches remaining.


Round 6: Knit all stitches.


Round 7: Knit 3 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 24 (28) stitches remaining.


Round 8: Knit 2 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 18 (21) stitches remaining.


Round 9: Knit 1 stitches, decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 12 (15) stitches remaining.


Round 10 (small): Decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat for remaining stitches. You should have 6 stitches remaining.


Round 10 (large): Decrease 1 stitch by knitting 2 stitches together, repeat 6 times, knit the remaining stitch. You should have 8 stitches remaining.


You are now ready to make the stem!


To make the stem you want to switch to the brown yarn. And knit one round. The next round knit two together around. For the smaller size you should have 3 stitches remaining and for the larger size 4 stitches. Work the remaining stitches as you would an i-cord for 1 to 1.5 inches. To finish bind off.


To finish the hat you want to weave in all ends and attach the leaves.


I have have two different size leave. I recommend using the small leaf pattern for the smaller hat and the large leaf pattern for the larger hat, but go with whatever you like best.

For the leaves you want to cast on and leave a 12 inch tail. You will use this tail to attach the leaf to the hat. Both leaves are worked flat and you can follow these instructions for the large leaf.



Cast on 3 stitches in green, remembering to leave the 12 inch tail.


Row 1: Purl all stitches.


Row 2: Knit 1 stitch, make 1 stitch (use whatever method you prefer), Knit 1 stitch, make 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch. You should now have 5 stitches on your needle.


Row 3: Purl all stitches.


Row 4: Knit 1 stitch, make 1 stitch, knit 3 stitches, make 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch. You should now have 7 stitches on your needle.


Row 5: Purl all stitches.


Row 6: Knit 1 stitch, make 1 stitch, knit 5 stitches, make 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch. You should now have 9 stitches on your needle.


Row 7: Purl all stitches.


Row 8: Knit all stitches.


Row 9: Purl all stitches.


Row 10: Slip 1 stitch onto your needle, knit one and pass the slipped stitch over the one you just knitted to decrease one. Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 stitches together. You should now have 7 stitches on your needle.


Row 11: Purl all stitches.


Row 12: Knit all stitches.


Row 13: Purl all stitches.


Row 14: Slip 1 stitch onto your needle, knit one and pass the slipped stitch over the one you just knitted to decrease one. Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 stitches together. You should now have 5 stitches on your needle.


Row 15: Purl all stitches.


Row 16: Knit all stitches.


Row 17: Purl all stitches.


Row 18: Slip 1 stitch onto your needle, knit one and pass the slipped stitch over the one you just knitted to decrease one. Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 stitches together. You should now have 5 stitches on your needle.


Row 19: Purl all stitches.


To bind off you want to slip 1 stitch onto your needle, knit the two remaining stitches together then pass the slipped stitch over your last stitch, and tie off. Make sure that you leave a 12 inch tail. To make the smaller leaf just omit rows 6 through 11.


Once you have your leaves finished sew them onto the hat using those long tails that you left when casting on and binding off. The great part about these hats is that you can work them in a few different colors, including a bright green, orange, yellow, and even peach, to get all different types of fruit.

Happy knitting!

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