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How-Tuesday: Make a Stella Pixie Hat

Jun 9, 2009

by katiearms

Are you a knitter with a baby in your life? Need a sweet little project to keep your hands busy during the summer months? Or if you’re one of our Southern Hemisphere friends, you’re in luck! Download the complete project instructions here, or follow along below, courtesy of Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

In the 1940s and 1950s pointy “pixie” hats were all the rage for babies. For this 1944 version, a knitted rectangle is folded in half and grafted together, then a strap is added along the bottom to secure the hat firmly on baby’s head. I selected a soft, springy wool sock yarn for this project. I often choose sock yarn for baby clothes because it is durable, washable, and soft, and because it knits up in the finer gauges that are so common in vintage patterns.

3-12 (12-24) months
Shown in size 3-12 months.

Finished Measurements
Approximately 13 (13 3/4)” [33 (35) cm] as base of neck, buttoned
8 3/4 (9 1/2)” [22 (24) cm] to highest point, at back of Hat
Note: Choose the appropriate size based on the height of the hat. You can adjust the fit of the neckband if necessary.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock
Medium weight (100% superwash Merino wool; 380 yards [347 meters] / 155 grams): 1 hank Coral

One pair straight needles size US 3 (3.25 mm)
Spare needle size US 3 (3.25 mm) or smaller, for Kitchener Stitch
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

One 11/16″ (15 mm) buttons

36 sts and 36 rows= 4″ (10 cm) in 2×2 Rib

This hat is very easy to size up or down from the sizes given. Simply add or subtract sts in a multiple of 4 and work the crosswise ridges as instructed until you have only 2 sts in ribbing at the center of the Hat. Then complete the Hat as instructed. When sizing, keep in mind that for every 4 sts you add or subtract, you will also add or subtract 1/3″ (8 mm) to the height of the Hat, in order to complete the crosswise ridges.

Stitch Patterns
2×2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2; 1-row repeat)
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they face you.
Repeat Row 2 for 2×2 Rib.

1×1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts; 1-row repeat)
All rows: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.

CO 98 (106) sts. Begin 2×2 Rib.
Work even for 4 rows.

Shape Hat
Row 1 (RS): K6, work in 2×2 Rib to last 6 sts, knit to end.
Row 2: Knit the knot sts and purl the purl sts as they face you.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: K8, work to last 8 sts, knit to end.
Row 5: Repeat Row 2.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4.
Row 7: K10, work to last 10 sts, knit to end.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Row 9: Repeat Row 7.
Row 10: K12, work to last 12 sts, knit to end.
Row 11: Repeat Row 2.
Row 12: Repeat Row 10.
Row 13: K14, work to last 14 sts, knit to end.
Row 14: Repeat Row 2.
Row 15: Repeat Row 13.
Row 16: K16, work to last 16 sts, knit to end.
Row 17: Repeat Row 2.
Row 18: Repeat Row 16.

Note: You are creating “crosswise ridges” of three rows of St st, alternating with 3 rows of Reverse St st, at the beginning and end of every row, with the 2×2 Rib continuing in the center.

Rows 19-64 (70): Continue until 2 sts remain in the 2×2 Rib in the center of the hat, increasing the number of knit sts worked at the beginning and end of every third row by 2, decreasing the number of 2×2 Rib sts worked in the center of the hat by 2 on each side, and working all intervening rows by knitting the knit sts and purling the purl sts. Break yarn.

Transfer first 49 (53) sts to spare needle, with point facing towards center of work. Using Kitchener Stitch (see Special Techniques, page 158), graft sts together, beginning at center of work.

CO 10sts. Begin 1×1 Rib. Work even until piece measures 12 (12 3/4)” [30.5 (32.5) cm] from the beginning, or to 3 3/4″ (9.5 cm) less than desired length.

Make Buttonhole
Row 1 (RS): Work 4 sts, k1-f/b, p1, pass second st on right-handed needle over last st, k1-f/b, pass third st on right-handed needle over last 2 sts, work to end.
Row 2: Work 3 sts, p2tog, k2, p1, k1, p2tog, work to end.
*Work even for 7 rows. Repeat buttonhole rows. Repeat from * once. Work even until piece measures 15 3/4 (16 1/2)” [40 (42) cm] from the beginning, ending with a WS row. BO all sts in pattern.

Block pieces lightly. Sew side edge of neckband to CO edge of hat, beginning with CO edge of neckband flush with right edge of Hat. Sew button to neckband, so that when fastened, neckband fits comfortably around neck.

Thanks to Kristen Rengren and the folks at Stewart Tabori & Chang for sharing this project with us.

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  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 11 years ago

    I love the strawberry buttons... makes me think of my grandma back in France who is a champion knitter! I rarely had to buy sweaters when I was little, she did all of mine and I kept some of them!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the links to, I'm going to get her some funny knitting needles I think :)

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the links to, I'm going to get her some funny knitting needles I think :)

  • dogties

    dogties said 11 years ago

    How adorable... Thanks for sharing!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 11 years ago

    The strawberry buttons are sooo cute!

  • CheeseAtFourpence

    CheeseAtFourpence said 11 years ago

    ooh, I love this and that book looks great!! I must order it right now for my library. these are the forerunners of my own pixie hats, it seems!

  • siennaorlando

    siennaorlando said 11 years ago

    No way! Thanks for including my little buttons! And some day I am going to learn to knit!!

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful pattern, combining the best of a hat and a hood. I'm going to make one for my Joey! Thank you for the pattern and also for the tip re: sock yarn.

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 11 years ago

    Too cute!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 11 years ago

    Oh how cute!!!! I wish I could knit! :(

  • themagicalbean

    themagicalbean said 11 years ago

    So sweet!!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 11 years ago

    this hat is adorable!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 11 years ago

    The picture at the top is irresistibly cute!

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 11 years ago

    I don't knit, but I just had to comment on the cute baby in the orange pixie hat! Look at those big brown eyes!!

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic said 11 years ago

    Very fun. Thanks so much!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 11 years ago

    Absolutely adorable tutorial. Thanks!

  • CollectionObsession

    CollectionObsession said 11 years ago

    I love vintage knitting patterns, esp for baby clothes. That book looks great. And I have some vintage pattern books I need to list. They are here, somewhere.

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 11 years ago

    What an adorable project and photo!!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 11 years ago

    I love knitting patterns... Thanks so much for this blog!!

  • moonscreations

    moonscreations said 11 years ago

    love! love! love this pattern. Adorable to the max!

  • circlestreet

    circlestreet said 11 years ago

    i just have to say that that baby in the orange hat is the cutest baby i have ever seen. i can't get over it. adorable.

  • Morado

    Morado said 11 years ago

    that photograph of the baby is adorable!! too bad I dont knit :(

  • Morado

    Morado said 11 years ago

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 11 years ago

    Ahhh such a cute photograph & little pixie hat :))

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 11 years ago What a lovely one!!!!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 11 years ago

    Adorable hat, thanks for the pattern!

  • pandawithcookie

    pandawithcookie said 11 years ago

    I wish I had time to do more knitting. Alas, it is on the back burner for now.

  • jenglo

    jenglo said 11 years ago

    Great article, and LOVE the photos!

  • beautymarkbeads

    beautymarkbeads said 11 years ago

    The hat is too cute and the baby in the hat is adorable!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 11 years ago

    Adorable hat! Thanks for the article!!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 11 years ago


  • LilyBaySoap

    LilyBaySoap said 11 years ago

    Soooo Cute!!!

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for the fee pattern. I am going to try it .I had seen ad for this book .Was not sure how it'll be. Thank you so much - it answered my question i guess. Dita from

  • myfriendamy

    myfriendamy said 11 years ago

    Super sweet!


    KAPARA said 11 years ago

    Very cute!

  • vintageaimee

    vintageaimee said 11 years ago

    I love this--even on a broiling day in Baltimore! Just bought buttons from siennaorlando because they were too delicious to pass up! Thanks!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 11 years ago

    Cute strawberry buttons!

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 11 years ago

    Adorable, thanks!

  • PandaHatXpress

    PandaHatXpress said 11 years ago

    Super Kawaii :D

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Oh, these items are so sweet! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and here's another that's irresistably sweet!

  • anicastillo

    anicastillo said 11 years ago

    cute baby! *_* (and hat of course!)

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 11 years ago

    just darling!

  • kylieB

    kylieB said 11 years ago

    Oh wow very Cute!

  • BPyarns

    BPyarns said 11 years ago

    so cute ~ love the little pixie cap !

  • moxiesisters

    moxiesisters said 11 years ago

    Such a cute hat....and baby! I can't wait to try this pattern. My friend is having a girl next month! I have the perfect soft pink recycled yarn to use! ~Jeni

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 11 years ago

    amazing!! that kid on the featured photo is absolutely gorgeous!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 11 years ago

    Cutest pixie ever! Great project!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Adorable kids stuff! I wish I could buy it all!

  • mossyrockpottery

    mossyrockpottery said 11 years ago

    Awww... reminds me of one of my little girls when she was that tiny! I'm such a sucker for babies...

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 11 years ago

    soooooo cute! i can't wait to make this hat. there's plenty of little new arrivals to make it for for this winter. :)

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 11 years ago

    So cute!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    Aww cute babies!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 11 years ago

    Very cute. You know I actually just bought this vintage pattern (or one very similar) at a charity shop last week! (oh well, at least my 20p went to charity ;) )


    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 11 years ago

    SO Cute!!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 11 years ago

    there is nothing more adorable than a rosy cheeked baby in a pixie hat.

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 11 years ago

    oh so cute! i love this.

  • babook

    babook said 11 years ago

    sooooo cute those pick :)

  • SecretLolita

    SecretLolita said 11 years ago

    The hat is so cute - I simply must try it. The yarn referenced is beautiful - thanks for the links.

  • monograft

    monograft said 11 years ago

    oh my god, she's soooo adorable!!! This hat makes her even more CUTER!

  • YasmeensCollection

    YasmeensCollection said 11 years ago

    I just have to learn ho to knit. I crochet, but it doesn't compare.

  • berriiiz

    berriiiz said 11 years ago

    so cute i love it

  • RetroHouse

    RetroHouse said 11 years ago

    Does anyone have any Stella Pixie hats for sale?

  • y0omii

    y0omii said 11 years ago

    oh this is so adorable! I'm still too young to have a kid, but if I have a daughter in the future, I'd love to make that for her ^______^

  • variation

    variation said 11 years ago

    Can't wait to check out the Vintage Baby Knits book! I love vintage patterns ;-)

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop said 11 years ago

    How darling! Wish i could knit.

  • LittleAdorables

    LittleAdorables said 11 years ago

    OooHhh! That is thee Most Adorable Baby Ever!!! Thank you so much for the pattern. I hope I can try it sometime. :o)

  • ouryellowhouse

    ouryellowhouse said 11 years ago

    that is a fantastic pattern and thanks for including one of my pilot caps in the treasury!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 11 years ago

    Great article! That little baby is as cute as a button! All of the gorgeous yarn makes me weak in the knees!

  • sirenedelmare

    sirenedelmare said 11 years ago

    I had one of these when I was a baby! Love it! So cute and how about the baby in the picture? Could he get any more ADORABLE? ( :

  • sirenedelmare

    sirenedelmare said 11 years ago

    Ooops! I meant to say SHE! LOL! SOOOO cute

  • lbrodar

    lbrodar said 11 years ago

    as a mom, of course i think my baby is the cutest -- but that 1950's baby with the kitty hat takes the cake ;)

  • lilikin

    lilikin said 11 years ago

    I have a chunky-textured pixie hat for anyone who's interested: Colour to suit your pixie's preference!

  • becross

    becross said 11 years ago

    so great and so cute cute baby. thank you very much the idea i can reach a lot of people on here

  • HazelMay

    HazelMay said 11 years ago

    etsy really does have the most beautiful babies :D

  • JessicaZ

    JessicaZ said 11 years ago

    ooh i made this! it ended up SO cute and it was really easy. any beginner knitter could do it!

  • JessicaZ

    JessicaZ said 11 years ago

    also - anyone who loves knitting baby clothes should buy this book. it is full of amazing patterns that are initially overwhelming but all surmountable! i love it and have made lots of gifts from this amazing book.

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 11 years ago

    So cute!

  • EmmaHadley

    EmmaHadley said 11 years ago

    This is so adorable, I'm tempted to find some knitting needles :)

  • EliesHappyHats

    EliesHappyHats said 11 years ago

    So cute, somebody teach me how to knit...:) just lovely!

  • EliesHappyHats

    EliesHappyHats said 11 years ago

    If you need something very cute for your sweetie, please stop by my store!!! I will make sure you will get a good deal over there!

  • craftyasiangirl

    craftyasiangirl said 11 years ago

    Just tried knitting this up and noticed there's a discrepancy between the pattern printed above and what's in the PDF link. In the buttonhole part of the pattern, what is listed as row 2 is supposed to be row 3; the actual row 2 is missing:Row 2: Work 3 sts, p2tog, turn, CO 4 sts using Cable CO, turn, k2tog, work to end

  • sjseibert

    sjseibert said 11 years ago

    @craftyasiangirl - THANK YOU! :) I was totally lost trying to make the buttonhole, but now it makes sense!

  • jackiejackjack

    Jackie Frank said 8 years ago

    A little late, but... I'm confused about the neckband part of this super cute stella pixie hat <3 First of all, thanks @craftyasiangirl for the update on the buttonhole rows. However, it looks like the neckband has two buttonholes. And... I think Row 3 needs to be: Work 3sts, p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p2tog, work to end. In order to get back to the 1x1 Rib pattern. Just saying ;-)

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