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Kitty Hat

How to knit a square hat and turn it into a Kitty Hat

Making a square, knit hat is so easy.

Although I crochet a lot I really do love the look of a knit hat.  My 13 year old wanted a kitty hat so I tried several patterns that had sewn on ears.  They all flopped over which was disappointing.  I noticed some hats I had seen were square and when worn the top corners would stick out like ears…kitty cat ears?  They did!

Here is all there is to it.

  • Size 8 needles  (5 mm)
  • Worsted weight yarn (about 125 yards)
  • Yarn or Embroidery Floss for adding the face
  • Ribbon or fabric for the bow and an optional button for the middle of the bow.

My gauge is: 18 st in stockingnette = 4″ (10cm)

To knit in the round – Cast on 80 stitches, ribbing for first 1″ and then stockingnette stitch until work measures 7 1/2″.  Either use the Kitchener stitch (grafting) or a 3 needle bind off to close up the top.

To knit flat – Cast on 80 stitches.  Work in ribbing of your choice for first 1″.  Stockingnette stitch until work measures 7 1/2″ .  Divide stitches evenly onto each of your needles and use either a 3 needle bind off or graft the top shut.  Turn hat inside out, with a large needle run yarn up the back to close up the seam.

Embroider as desired and add a bow if you would like.  I used a left over piece of satin and sewed two 4″ x 3″ pieces together (right sides facing) leaving a small opening, stuffed and gathered in the middle and sewed a button on the front to cover my ugly stitches before attaching to the hat.

Resources:  These are the videos I used to learn both grafting and the three needle bind off.

 

Tons of Sock Patterns for Knitting

Since I just got done with those Hunting socks for my youngest son I immediately starting looking for more patterns and came across this but haven’t clicked thru the links yet. I did scroll over a few and saw urls like Yahoo GeoCities–didn’t they close down?

Anyway here is the link: http://www.cooperativemainecraftsmen.com/NoJava/free_pattern_by_type.php?Category=-sock-

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

Another Excellent Gift Giving Idea

This is probably the singlemost popular dishcloth pattern there is.  I made this one for Ally as she picked out the green she has in her kitchen and have already whipped a few more out.  They only take a few hours and are a great way IMO to practice yarn overs if you are considering some lace knitting or a project with eyelets.

You can get the pattern here:   http://anewtwistondishcloths.blogspot.com/2005/07/grandmothers-favorite-original.html

Be warned though.  Just as Thelma’s Great Neice stated, as soon as someone uses one of these you are more than likely to get a phone call requesting more :)

60 Minute Headband

Knitted Headband or ‘Ear Warmer’ in One Hour

Remember that Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick that I had bought to make Jen’s Crochet Loop Stitch Pillow with last month? Well I found a way to use it.

When I got back in the house I grabbed my yarn and my size 13 needles.  As I started knitting I thought it just needed something else so I frogged it and grabbed a small amount of that Patons Stretch Sock yarn in Plum that I used for Ally’s Yoga socks.

  • Knitting with both strands I cast on 6, knitted until it was 2″ then k1, *k1, m1* til the last stitch, k1 which gave me a total of 10 stitches.
  • When the headband was 16″ I K1, *K2tog* to the last stitch, k1 for 2 inches and cast off.
  • Seamed up the ends and wallah had a very warm, very thick and soft headband.

 

Free Pattern for knitted earflap hats

Knitted Earflap Hat Pattern- Youth -Adult Medium

This will make an earflap hat that will fit a ten yr old thru adult with a 21”-24” head.  To make hat larger use larger needles.  When I have made these and planned on lining them I have used a size 9 needle.

  • 5 size US8 DPN’s . I use DPN’s for the earflaps and then move all the stitches to a 21” circular needle. You may continue with DPN’s, use a circular, magic loop, traveling loop, or whatever method you are most comfortable with. If you only have straight needles and want to knit this flat you can also do that. The only difference will be when you finish the hat you will need to seam the top and up the back of the hat. This variation is at the end of this pattern.
  • About 110 yards Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Something to mark the end of your rows.  You can use stitch markers–I just use a piece of yarn with a loop in it.

Gauge – Earflaps (knit flat) 3.96 st per 1″ / In the round (hat) 5 stitches per inch.

The Pattern- Knit in the Round

Ear flaps
First you make the earflaps. To begin cast on 4 stitches

Row 1- k all (RS)

Row 2- Slip 1st st, p rest(WS)

Row 3- Slip 1st stitch, k, M1, (I use M1R for an invisible inc. KnittingHelp.com has a demo here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases), k 1, M1, k last st

Row 4- and rest of even rows- slip 1st st, P all

Row 5 and remainder of odd rows – sl 1st st, k1, M1R, k until there are 2 st left, M1R, k2 until you have 24 stitches on the needle

Last row – when you have 24 stitches on the needle- continue with a purl all row, cut yarn leaving a long tail, and either set the needle aside or move the stitches to a holder.

Repeat for second earflap but DO NOT CUT Yarn

Hat
With second earflap on needle and the final Purl all row completed, cast on (the finished project will look better if you use a cable or alternate cable cast on) 24 stitches (this is for the front of the hat).

K1,P1across the 24stitches (this will be the front of your hat) and K all across the (24) earflap stitches.

CO 9 stitches for the back of the hat

Knit across the 1st earflap and join

Continue knitting in stocking net stitch. Place marker after knitting 9th stitch at back of hat.  This will mark the end of your round.  Knit in stockingette around, with your K1, P1 across the front of the hat for 3-5 rows.  After those three rows continue in stockingnette until hat (measured at front) is 6″ tall (for men or anyone without a lot of hair) or 7″ for a slouchier hat (or for people with longer hair).  You can do a plain stocking net stitch here, add stripes, checkerboard or whatever you desire.

Begin decreases:
Round 1: K 8, K2tog around

Round 2 (and all even rows) K all

Round 3: K7, K2tog around

Round 5: K6, K2tog around

Round 7: K5, K2tog around

Round 9: K4, K2tog around

Round 11: K3, K2tog around

R 13: K2, K2tog around

R 15: K1, K2tog around

R 17: K2tog around cut a tail 6″-12″ long.  Thread tail yarn in a large needle and work it through remaining stitches.  Pull and fasten.  Weave ends into inside (WS) of hat.

Finishing:
Use a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook to single crochet your contrast color around the hat and join by ss in your first sc.

Braided Ties- (optional)

For each braid cut 18 strands of yarn that are 15″ long.  Pull them through bottom of earflap with crochet hook, divide into 3 sections and braid.  Fasten off and repeat process for second braid.

 To Knit this flat on two straight needles-

Follow directions for earflaps.

Cast on new stitches (as above) for front and back of hat but you will not be able to join. Knit on the knit sides and purl on the wrong side.

Begin decreases, K on the odd rows and P on the even rows.

Fasten off in same manner as listed above except leave a much longer tail of yarn and seam the back of the hat closed.

 

 

 

 

 

Formula for a basic Knitted Hat

This link was provided in a post at the Knitting Help forum (ever been there? It’s a nice forum with genuinely friendly members, admins and mods). It is a basic formula for figuring out how many stitches you need to knit a hat regardless of the size needles or weight of yarn you are using.  If you know how to knit and know how to knit and measure a gauge swatch you can knit a hat.  Check out the Knitted Basic Hat “Formula” Pattern

Newborn Hats for Hospitals

I kept the hats our children received at the hospital when they were born. Vee’s and Stephanie’s were handknit and I keep them with my stashed yarn always thinking someday maybe I will knit these little hats to donate. Today, when I was checking out Knitting pattern Central’s new patterns I came across this free pattern. Aren’t they so cute??! http://themakeyourownzone.blogspot.com/2011/03/knitting-newborn-hats-for-hospitals.html

Guess when I’m off my kick of crocheting baby hats and animal hats I have an idea what I’ll be knitting :)

Easter Bunnies and Bunny Hats

I found these adorable little Easter Bunny appliques at Bev’s County Cottage.  They are crochet and can be attached to baby and children hats.  The crochet bunnies are here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bunny2.html.

The ‘Bunny Hats’ she has can be found herehttp://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bunnyhat.html the hats are knitted.

There is a free Easter Bunny Crochet pattern at Fave Crafts (after you get done with their pop up) using sc (single crochet).  It just says Baby but doesn’t give a size. Given the fact they are using a 5mm hook and 48 stitches I would say this pattern is for a 3-6 month baby.  You can make this larger simply by continuing with the pattern of 6 increases per round until your circle (actually it will look like an octagan) is 1/3 the width you want your hat to be and then pick up again on round 9.  Of course if you are making it larger it stands to reason you would probably want to make it longer so you would just keep hooking til your desired length.
I positively adore how they have done the ears in rounds!!

Below is a video that walks you thru crocheting an Easter Bunny Hat in various sizes using hdc (half double crochet)

This hat and the one at Fave Crafts linked above do not have earflaps. Remember the are very quick and easy to add on as shown here where we attached ear covers to a double crochet hat.

Just found this one linked from KnittingPatternCentral.com.  It is a knitted Bunny Hat pattern–positively adorable

Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps

Double Stranded Earflap Hat in Parallelogram Knit Pattern
~Knit flat

I wanted a hat to go with the Parallelogram Scarf but didn’t know if it would have to be ‘converted’ to be knit in the round.  If so, that was way over my head and I decided knitting it flat would work just as well.  Also, I wanted earflaps and wanted them along with the rows around the bottom to be in garter stitch to coordinate with the edges of the scarf so I worked up this pattern.

The scarf took several days to knit….this hat only a day.

Here is the pattern

Size 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles
One skein of worsted weight yarn in the same color separated into 2 equal size balls
Crochet Hook or yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

*NOTE: This entire pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn
This hat is knitted flat and then seamed to finish*

Begin with Earflaps
Cast on 3
Knit 2 rows
Row 3 – increase 1 stitch at the end and beginning of row (5)
Row 4-Knit all
Odd rows- repeat row 3, adding two stitches each of these rows
Even rows- repeat row 4 until there are 19 stitches

Cut yarn leaving a 12-18″ tail and move stitches to a holder or an extra needle

Make second earflap using pattern above

Hat
Cast on 2 (this will be for the back of the hat which is divided but will be seamed when you are finished)
Knit across first earflap
Cast on 8 (this will be the front of your hat)
Knit across second ear flap
Cast on 2 stitches (to finish back of hat)
You should have 50 stitches total

Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows
Continue knitting using this pattern stitch until patterned area is approx 7″ long

Row 1: *P5, K5* repeat 4 more times
Row 2: *K1, P4, K4, P1* repeat 4 more times
Row 3: *K2, P3, K3, P2* repeat 4 more times
Row 4: *K3, P2, K2, P3* repeat 4 more times
Row 5: *K4, P1, K1, P4* repeat 4 more times
Row 6: *K5, P5* repeat 4 more times
Row 7: *P1, K4, P4, K1* repeat 4 more times
Row 8: *P2, K3, P3, K2* repeat 4 more times
Row 9: *P3, K2, P2, K3* repeat 4 more times
Row 10: *P4, K1, P1, K4* repeat 4 more times

Shaping Crown
Rows 1 and 2 Knit rows in garter stitch
Decrease evenly until only several stitches remain.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to gather top and seam up the back of the hat with a yarn needle.

Ties
Pick up 3 stitches from the inside of each ear flap and knit an icord for desired length.

Print a PDF of this pattern Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps