How to make 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.
These are the videos I used to learn both grafting and the three needle bind off.
Here is a helpful video for the 3 Needle bind off: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/casting-off
And also a video from KnittingHelp.com demonstrating how to Finish with the Kitchener stitch/grafting: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips