Knit your little one a cool headphone hat with this free pattern!
You know, unfortunately I didn’t have this blog when O was a baby. I was certainly plenty overwhelmed enough as a first time mom so that’s probably a good thing. But the result is a dearth of baby boy projects. I know I’ve been swamping you with girly stuff so I thought I’d at least try to make up for it a little bit. I thought for a while about what would make a cute boy or gender neutral hat to balance the sweet bow hats I recently posted and then I thought, “Ooo, a headphone hat would be so cute!” And they would totally work for boys and girls! I think Baby V looks very rocker chick, right? I did a little googling and was pleased to see that while there are come crochet hats that are similar there wasn’t a good knit equivalent. So here’s what I came up with (and there was definitely a moment in the middle there where I wasn’t quite sure this was going to work so I am quite happy with how it turned out.)
A side note: a woman in the store, while commenting on how cute Baby V is said, “she looks well fed!” Ha! Yes, yes she is…Mmm…wrist rolls!
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Knit Baby Headphone Hat (12 month size) (see pdf version for other sizes (NEW!))
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
To make the earflaps:
Using a set of double pointed needles, cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k4, kfb
Row 2: pfb, p6, pfb
Row 3: kfb, k8, kfb
Row 4: pfb, p10, pfb
Row 5: k14
Row 6: p14
Row 7: kfb, k12, kfb
Row 8: p16
Row 9: k16
Row 10: p16
Either leave the stitches on the needle or move to a stitch holder, set aside. Repeat to make another earflap.
Constructing the headphone hat
Use either a set of double pointed needles or a long circular needle and the magic loop method. I prefer the latter.
Using the long tail method, cast on 22 stitches, then pick up one earflap and knit across its stitches to attach it.That’s the earflap on the darker needle to the left…
And here’s the 22 cast-on stitches plus one earflap connected together:Cast on 18 more stitches using the backwards loop method, then pick up the other earflap and knit across its stitches to attach it. You should have 72 stitches on your needles. At this point you need to join your stitches to work in the round. Do this by either distributing the stitches evenly across 3 double pointed needles (if they aren’t already) or using the magic loop method.
Rounds 1-5: p2, k2, for 22 stitches, k16 across the first earflap, p2, k2, for 18 stitches, k16 across the other earflap.
Knit all stitches until the hat is about 5 inches long (from the brim, not from the earflaps)
Round 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:
- Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
- Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
- Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut your yarn, thread it onto a yarn needle, put it through the remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave in any loose ends.
To make the headphones
Ok, so to be clear, when it comes off the needles and the edges curl up a little this kinda looks like a hexagon-ish shape but you can massage and stretch it as you sew it to the hat OR block it first so it looks more like a circle. Do don’t freak out if it comes off the needles not looking circular enough.
Using double pointed needles, cast on 36 stitches (leave a long tail of extra yarn to sew the earphone piece to the hat) and distribute among 3 needles. Join to knit in the round. (or use the magic loop method again)
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (k4, k2tog) repeat to end of round
Round 3: (k3, k2tog) repeat to end of round
Round 4: (k2, k2tog) repeat to end of round
Round 5: (k1, k2tog) repeat to end of round
Round 6: k2tog, repeat to end of round
Cut your yarn, thread on a yarn needle, thread through remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave in that loose end on the back side. Repeat to make a second earphone piece.
Using the long cast-on tails, stitch the earphones to the earflaps of the headphone hat. If the earflaps curl up too much for you, you might consider blocking the hat before this step. To make the top of the headphones, cast on 4 stitches, and, using double pointed needles as straight needles, and knit all rows (garter stitch) until the strip reaches from one earphone to the other. Bind off and leave a long tail to stitch the strap. Weave in the loose end from the cast on edge. Use the long tail from the bind off end to stitch the headphone strap to the hat from one earphone, over the top of the hat, to the other. Weave in any remaining loose ends.
To make the headphone cord/hat straps, cut 3 pieces of yarn each 12″ long. Thread all three through the bottom of the earphones on the hat and pull them through halfway to the other side.
Divide the yarn into 3 sets of 2 strands each and braid until you are about 1 inch from the bottom.
Then tie all the strands together in a knot. Repeat on the other side.
And you’re done! I think baby V likes her headphone hat, what do you think? Is she ready to rock?!
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