Baby Yoda Knit Hat (with Free Pattern)

Blog - Yoda Hat 010aA college friend of mine had a baby recently and upon seeing the facebook announcement my thoughts went something like: “Oh how exciting, he’s so cute! What can I knit for him? Wait, what’s his name? Oh, they chose a good one. …Baby booties would be adorable, but who actually uses those? I hope he’s healthy… Oh, maybe a teensy hat!”

Clearly my priorities are a bit muddled but they did result in the cutest thing on this blog yet… or maybe ever in its future existence. The hat itself is a breeze to knit and works up quickly using bulky yarn. The hardest thing is stitching the ears on so they stand out symmetrically and don’t flop too much.

Since I didn’t have a readily available newborn baby, I modeled the hat on a ball of yarn which I approximate to be the size of a baby’s head. That ball of yarn gets cuter the longer I stare at that picture. The pattern is available for free after the jump!

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Baby Yoda Knit Hat


Yarn: Approx. 35 grams or 48 yards bulky weight yarn (I used KnitPicks Brava Bulky in “Avocado”, a 100% acrylic yarn for easy care)

Needles: US Size 10 needles (circular) and US Size 4 needles (circular or straight)

Other: Yarn Needle for stitching ears onto the hat


3 stitches = 1 inch

Finished measurements:

15 inches in circumference around the brim; 5 inches tall (with the bottom edge slightly curled, which it will do naturally)


K – knit

K2tog – knit two together

Kfb – knit through front and back of loop

Pattern for the Hat:

CO 40 stitches and join to work in the round, making sure the stitches are not twisted

Work in stockinette stitch until the hat measures 4 inches, then start decreasing as follows:

K2tog, K6, rep. until end of row

K2tog, K5, rep. until end of row

K2tog, K4, rep. until end of row

K2tog, K3, rep. until end of row

K2tog, K2, rep. until end of row

K2tog, K1, rep. until end of row

Cut off your trailing yarn, leaving a 4 inch tail. Thread the yarn tail through the remaining stitches, pull tight, then secure the tail by knotting on the inside of the hat.

Pattern for the ears (make 2):

Switch to your US Size 4 needles (this will produce a tighter weave so the ears are less likely to droop)

CO 8 stitches (leave a 12 inch long tail which you can use later to stitch the ears onto the hat)

Row 1 & 2: K8

Row 3: K4, Kfb, K3 (9 stitches)

Row 4: K4, Kfb, K4 (10 stitches)

Row 5 – 10: K10

Row 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23: K1, K2tog, K to end

Row 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22: K all stitches

Row 25: K1, K2tog

Cut off your trailing yarn, leaving a 4 inch tail. Thread the yarn tail through the remaining stitches, secure with a knot, and weave in.

Stitch the ears onto the sides of the hat. If you fold down the curved portion of the ears and stitch them onto the hat that way, they will be less floppy and have a more authentic Yoda look.

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5 thoughts on “Baby Yoda Knit Hat (with Free Pattern)

    1. justshinah Post author

      Hi there – I used Size 10 circular needles that were 16 inches in length, but you could really use any length circular needles since it’s such a small project. If you use a very long circular needle, you will just need to fiddle with the connecting cord to get your work to slide around as you knit. Hope that helps!

    1. justshinah Post author

      The hat will measure 15 inches around the brim if knit at the gauge noted in the pattern, but it is a bit stretchy so it should fit a 17 1/4″ head just fine!


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