Knit an adorable Pretty Kitty Cat Hat for your little one with this free easy pattern!
Did you know that when O was a baby we had two cute little cats that lived with us? They had to move in with friends when he was about 1 and we discovered he was allergic to them. But they were such sweet cats. We adopted them at 6 weeks old from an amazing no-kill shelter in Chicago, they had been found in an alley alone and were brother and sister. I still miss them. I do not, however, miss the fur everywhere! Anywhere they were adorable little gray kitties named Hiro and Yuko and because they were brother and sister they looked really similar, as kittens we could only tell them apart by their noses. Hiro had a little black nose and Yuko had a little pink nose. So when I decided to make Baby V a kitty cat hat, it definitely had to be gray with a little pink nose. But you could make yours whatever colors you want! Scroll on down to get this cute free pattern!
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Pretty Kitty Cat Hat Knitting Pattern (12 month size, see PDF version for additional sizes!)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the gray yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit all rows until the hat is about 5 inches long.
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 yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To knit the outer ears (make 2):
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 10 stitches with gray yarn, leaving a long tail to stitch the ears to the hat.
Rows 1-4: knit all odd rows, purl all even rows
Row 5: k2tog, k6, ssk
Row 6: purl all stitches
Row 7: k2tog, k4, ssk
Row 8: purl all stitches
Row 9: k2tog, k2, ssk
Row 10: purl all stitches
Row 11: k2tog, ssk
Row 12: p2tog
Cut yarn, pull through loop and weave in that end.
To knit the inner ears (make 2):
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 8 stitches with pink yarn, leaving a long tail to stitch the inner ear to the outer ear.
Row 1-3: purl all odd rows, knit all even rows
Row 4: k2tog, k4, ssk
Row 5: purl all stitches
Row 6: k2tog, k2, ssk,
Row 7: purl all stitches
Row 8: k2tog, ssk
Row 9: p2tog
Cut yarn, pull through loop and weave in that end.
To assemble the hat:
First use the long tail on one pink inner ear to whipstitch it wrong (purl) sides together to one gray outer ear. Make sure your stitches don’t show through to the other side of the outer ear. Knot the yarn and weave in the end. Repeat with the other ear parts. Then use the long gray cast on tail to attach the ear securely to the top of the hat on either side. Make sure to attach it well, babies pull on things! To stitch the nose, use your yarn needle and length of pink yarn to make three simple stitches in decreasing length to make the nose shape. Knot and weave in ends inside the hat. Use a yarn needle and a length of white yarn to stitch the whiskers. Just make sure that you stitch them fairly loosely because when you put the hat on the baby it will stretch. If the whisker stitches are too tight they will pull and look terrible. Knot and weave in ends on the inside of the hat. Now doesn’t your little kitty cat hat look purrrr-fect? (I couldn’t skip a pun opportunity could I?) Enjoy!
The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 12 months and 2T+!
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