Pattern: French Braid


A sweet baby knit that you could whip up in a weekend, this little hat is ideal for last-minute gifts.
The slip-stitch design is worked over just two rows, so it’s easy to memorise for knitting on the go.

Download the PDF at French Braid or follow the instructions below. Happy knitting!

1 (2: 2) 50g/100m balls of Rooster Yarns Baby Rooster (shade 405)
3.25mm (US 3) knitting needles
Tapestry needle

25 sts x 34 rows measures 10x10cm in stocking stitch

30 (36: 42)cm circumference

K Knit
P Purl
Psso Pass slipped stitch over knitted and increased sts
Rep Repeat
RS Right side
Sl Slip
St(s) Stitch(es)
WS Wrong side
Wyib With yarn at back
Yrn Yarn round needle


Cast on 42 (50: 58) sts using 3.25mm needles.
Row 1 *K2, P2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 2 *P2, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Rows 1 and 2 set K2, P2 rib.
Work in K2, P2 rib for 8 more rows, ending with a WS row.

Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K1; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2 (WS) Purl.
Rows 1 and 2 set slip-stitch pattern.
Work in slip-stitch pattern until hat measures 15 (17.5: 20)cm from cast-on edge, or desired length, ending on a row 2.

Next row K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2, turn work.
Next row Purl to end.
Continue working these two rows over the first 6 sts of the row only until tie measures 4cm.
Cast off and break yarn.

Rejoin yarn to sts on needle.
Cast off 30 (38: 46) sts, K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2.
Next row Purl.
Next row K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2.
Next row Purl.
Continue working the last two rows until tie measures 4cm, ending with a purl row.
Cast off.

Make second hat piece the same.

Join side seams using mattress stitch. A one-stitch seam edge has been provided for this.
Join cast-off top edges using mattress stitch, then knot ties together. Weave in ends and block gently.