One ball challenge: free children's lace hat knitting pattern


Looking for a lovely lace beanie hat pattern for children? This new *free* one ball pattern by Ashlee Lackovic has you made in the shade!

This month I got to play with Amano’s remarkably soft yarn Ayni. It is made with alpaca and silk and I have to say this yarn is amazing!! The copper color way reminds me of summer days and sunshine, which is perfect because its summer!!

When designing this beanie I instantly thought of someone who brings me sunshine daily, my little girl, so the sunshine hat is inspired by her smile!

 This child beanie shows off this simple lacy stitch beautifully. Not only is it perfect for the summer months , this would a wonder fall project as well. Best of all, It only take one skein!

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Free one ball children's hat knitting pattern for spring and autumn 

 Sunshine Beanie free children's hat pattern

Skill Level:Easy

Size: Child 3-10 years  40 cm (16”) circumference, 7” tall  

Gauge: 20 sts  x 40 rows = 10 cm ( 4”)




Ayni  by Amano (80% Alpaca, 20% Silk; 218 yd [ 200 m]/50g: 

5011:Copper 1 skein, 


 Needles:  3.0 mm (UK Size 10) 40 cm (16”) circular needles.


Notions: Markers, tapestry needle.


Amano Ayni featured in a free children's hat knitting pattern


Start the pattern!


Cast on 100 sts, join in rnd, pm to mark beginning of rnd,

Rnd 1: *K1,p1; rep for entire rnd.

Rep rnd 1 for 9 more rnds.


Pattern Stitch:

Round 1: *K2tog, yo; rep from; for entire round.

Round 2-4: Knit


Rep last 4 rounds until you reach 5.5”, measuring from cast on.


Crown Decreases:

Rnd 1: *K8, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 90sts rem.

Rnd 2: Knit

Rnd 3: *K7, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 80sts rem.

Rnd 4: Knit 

Rnd 5: *K6, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 70sts rem.

Rnd 6: Knit 

Rnd 7: *K5, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 60sts rem.

Rnd 8: Knit

Rnd 9: *K4, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 50sts rem.

Rnd 10: Knit

Rnd 11: *K3, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 40sts rem.

Rnd 12: Knit

Rnd 13: *K2, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 30sts rem.

Rnd 14: Knit 

Rnd 15: *K1, k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 20sts rem.

Rnd 16: Knit

Rnd 17: *k2tog; Rep from * for entire rnd. 10sts rem.


Cut yarn leaving a 6” tail. Thread needle with tail and weave through remaining stitches on needles. 

Weave in any loose ends and block to measurements.



Ashlee Lackovic free children's hat knitting pattern





Ashlee Lackovic is a blogger and pattern designer from the snowy mountains of British Columbia, Canada. She runs her own knitting website called Smashlee Stitches where she shares her love of all things knitting with the world.  Click here to visit her Smashlee Stitches blog, and follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter