Sweet Panda Hat Knitting Pattern

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Knit up this sweet panda hat for your baby with this free knitting pattern!

 

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When I was little, pandas were my absolute favorite animal. I just thought they were so cute and interesting. And I have this very strong memory of going with my mom to the local paint store and her letting me pick out a new wallpaper border for my bedroom. And of course I picked one with cute little tumbling circus pandas. I can totally picture it even now, even though we moved out of that house before I was 10. (And now I’ve just spent 30 minutes down the google rabbit hole searching “vintage panda wallpaper border” to see if I could find a picture of it. No luck.) Anyway, given that, it’s a surprise I haven’t made a panda hat before now, isn’t it?! Well, here you go, an adorable cuddly baby panda for you! Scroll on down for the FREE pattern, happy knitting!

 

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Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works:  This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!

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Sweet Panda Hat Knitting Pattern (6 month size, see PDF for additional sizes)

Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches

Worsted weight yarn in white and black

US 7 16″ circular knitting needles

US 7 double pointed needles

Yarn needle

(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 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the white 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 4 1/2 inches long.

Decrease:

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: 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 make the Ears (make 4)

Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 10 stitches with black yarn, leaving a long tail to stitch the ears to the hat.

Rows 1-6: Knit odd rows and purl even rows

Row 7:  k2tog, k6, ssk 

Row 8: purl all stitches

Row 9: k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk 

Row 1:0 P2tog, p2tog

Row 11: bind off and weave in this end.

To assemble the ears

Hold two ears wrong (purl) sides together and use one of the long cast-on tails to whipstitch around the outside edges neatly to attach them together. Then use the other long cast-on tail to whipstitch the finished ears to the hat. Repeat with the other two ear pieces to make the second ear.

To make the Eyes (make 2)

Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 4 stitches with black yarn, leaving a long tail to stitch the eye to the hat.

Row 1: kfb, k2, kfb

Rows 2- 8: purl even rows, knit odd rows

Row 9: k2tog, k2, k2tog 

Row 10: purl  all stitches

Row 11: k2tog k2tog, pass first stitch over second to bind off, weave in that end.

Use the long cast-on tail to whipstitch each eye to the front of the hat.

To make the Nose:

To stitch the nose, use your yarn needle and length of black yarn to make three simple stitches in decreasing length to make the nose shape. Knot and weave in ends inside the hat. (see pictures of this here)

printable_button_littleredwindow2-01The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 12 months and 2T+!

I think Baby V likes it!

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