As I mentioned previously, it’s new baby season in my neighborhood. I made Super Easy Baby Shower Quilts a couple weeks ago and I also wanted to add some cute knitted items to the gifts for my friends. I have found that I am completely physically incapable of watching tv anymore unless my hands are busy. Does anyone else feel like that? So a lot of the time, when I want to watch something, I knit (let’s be honest, I’m a secret reality tv junkie…so embarassing…). Baby things are perfect projects, usually they’re interesting enough to keep me from being bored, but not so tricky that I screw things up.
Is anyone else into knitting? I have a group of great friends I met through knitting which is something I taught myself to do out of a book in college, I think. It’s a great stress reliever. One of the most popular things I’ve ever made is a little tiny newborn hat with ears on it. I’ve had at least three different friends put them on their little one as their going home or very first photo outfit which is pretty much the most flattering thing ever! I mean, there are a few things that are extra adorable on babies, right? Footie pajamas, anything on the butt of their pants, and hats or hoods with ears. Why is that?! But enough talk, I’m sure you want to see some cuteness!
This little guy is my downstairs neighbor’s newborn, isn’t he the cutest?! I am totally in love with him. The ears only make him more adorable. I can’t even handle it! But enough gushing, here’s the pattern. It’s a basic newborn size hat that I’ve adapted and then a quick pattern for the ears which you could add to any basic hat that you want.
Baby Bear Hat (newborn size)
worsted weight yarn
US size 7 16 inch circular needeles
set of US size 7 double pointed needles
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 56 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 3/4 inch. Then knit all stitches until the hat is about 4 inches from the cast on edge.
Round 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:
- Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat twice.
- Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat twice.
- Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat three times.
Round 5: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 6: Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 7: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 9: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 10: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 12: Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut your yarn, thread it onto a needle and thread it through the remaining stitches, pulling tightly to close. Weave in your ends.
Baby Bear Ears
To make the ears you will use two double pointed needles and knit back and forth.
Row 1: Using long-tail cast on, cast on 8 stitches (If any of this is new to you, I highly recommend the book Knitspeak, it has saved me so many times!)
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: Purl across
Row 5: Knit 2 together, Knit 4 stitches, Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK) the last two stitches (6 stitches remaining)
Row 6: purl across
Row 7: Knit 2 together, Knit 2 stitches, Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK) the last two stitches (4 stitches remaining)
Row 8: Purl 2 together twice
Row 9: Bind off, cut yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch to end.
Now you have one half of one ear. Repeat 3 more times until you have 4 ear halves.
Next, take two of the ear halves and put them right (knit) sides together and use one of the tails to whipstitch them together along the sides and top, leaving the flat bottom cast-on edge open.
Turn the ears right side out, leave one long tail out and stuff the rest of the yarn tails inside the ear to make it a little puffy.
Lay out the ears where you want them to go on top of the hat, you may want to pin them. Then whipstitch them carefully to the hat along the cast on edges of the ear all the way around.
If you used a natural fiber yarn, block your hat. Then put it on a baby and prepare to die of cuteness!