Baby Bear Hats — a knitting pattern

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!

 

Baby Bear Hat Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

 

 

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)

You need:

worsted weight yarn

US size 7 16 inch circular needeles

set of US size 7 double pointed needles

yarn needle

 

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.

 

decrease:

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!)

Baby Bear Hat Ears Pattern Cast-on Little Red Window

 

Row 2: Purl across

Row 3: Knit across

Row 4: Purl across

 

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After Row 4

 

Row 5: Knit 2 together, Knit 4 stitches, Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK) the last two stitches (6 stitches remaining)

 

Baby Bear Ears Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

Row 5 – Knit 2 together

 

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.

 

Baby Bear Ears Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

One Stitch Remaining, cut the yarn and pull the tail through 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.

 

Baby Bear Ears Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

Whipstitch two ear halves right sides together

 

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.

 

Turn the ears right side out

Turn the ears right side out

 

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.

 

Baby Bear Ears Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

 

 

Baby Bear Ears Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

Whipstitch the ears to the top of the hat.

 

If you used a natural fiber yarn, block your hat. Then put it on a baby and prepare to die of cuteness!

 

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Baby Bear Hat Knitting Pattern Little Red Window

 

 

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    • Hm, we’ll it could be a couple things. But it is definitely a small hat. You might be casting on too tightly? That’s what i would try first. Or maybe you’re using a thinner yarn? If you used baby yarn instead of worsted, for example, it would come out smaller. If you’re still finding it too tight, you could cast on directly onto double pointed needles. Just divide the stitches between them evenly and then follow the same directions from there. Is that helpful? :)

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  5. Please could you tell me if I can knit the little bear hat on two needles instead as I am finding it hard to use the circular ones ?
    Is worsted considered to be 4 or 8 ply yarn ?

    Thank you so much
    Maureen.

  6. I increased the size by 16 stitches because I had baby yarn 4 ply. Do I follow the decreasing as in the orginal pattern?

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