How to Knit a Child's Cat Hat

  • 01 of 05

    Cute Kitty

    Leah Jubara

    This Cat Hat is a really quick and easy pattern that's sure to be a hit with any cat or animal-loving child. This project is just a simple Stockinette Stitch hat worked in the round; the fun comes with the addition of simple triangular ears and stitched embellishments.

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  • 02 of 05

    Gather Your Materials

    Leah Jubara

    Tools and Supplies

    • About 55 yards medium weight yarn of your choice 
    • Scrap of black medium weight yarn
    • Set of 4 size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
    • Tape measure, scissors and yarn needle

    Gauge:

    14 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round (3.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch)

    Size:

    Finished hat circumference is about 11 (12, 14, 16) inches. To fit a newborn (3-6 month old, 6-12 month old, toddler). Hat is meant to be snug. Instructions are given for smallest size...MORE with larger sizes in parentheses.

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  • 03 of 05

    Knit the Hat

    Leah Jubara
    • Cast on 40 (44, 48, 56) stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join in the round. Place a stitch marker if desired to mark the end of the round.
    • Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1 inch.
    • Work in Stockinette Stitch (knit every round) until piece measures 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from cast on edge.
    • *Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around. On second size, knit 4 stitches at end of round. 35 (35, 42, 49) stitches.
    • Knit 1 round.
    • *Knit 5, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 30 (30, 35, 42)...MORE stitches.
    • Knit 1 round.
    • *Knit 4, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 25 (25, 28, 35) stitches.
    • Knit 1 round.
    • *Knit 3, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 20 (20, 21, 28) stitches.
    • Knit 1 round.
    • *Knit 2, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 15 (15, 14, 21) stitches.
    • *Knit 1, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 10 (10, 7, 14) stitches.
    • Cut yarn and thread onto a yarn needle. Slip the remaining stitches onto the yarn and pull tight to close the top of the hat.
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  • 04 of 05

    Make the Ears

    Leah Jubara

    Make Four Ears:

    • Using two double-pointed needles but knitting back and forth, cast on 6 stitches.
    • Purl 1 row.
    • Knit 1 row.
    • Purl 1 row.
    • Slip, slip, knit, knit 2, knit 2 together (4 stitches).
    • Purl 1 row.
    • SSK, k2tog (2 stitches).
    • Purl 1 row.
    • K2tog (1 stitch).
    • Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.

    Once four ears have been completed, hold two ears wrong sides together and stitch around the edges. Repeat with remaining ears, then sew onto hat as shown or wherever you would like.

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  • 05 of 05

    Add the Embellishment

    Leah Jubara

    Using a length of medium weight black yarn and a yarn needle, stitch eyes and a nose using duplicate stitch.

    The whiskers are simply really long stitches worked on a slight diagonal. The center whisker is longer than the other two.