Tiny Tiger Hat Knitting Pattern

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Knit a very tough Tiny Tiger Hat with this adorable free knitting pattern!Tiny Tiger Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Babies!  | littleredwindow.com

Oh you guys, every hat I make immediately becomes  my new favorite. For a while, I was SURE my fave was the Koala hat but, boy, is this little tiger hat cute! Orange is definitely not usually my first choice of colors for much of anything, but I love it for this fierce little tiger hat! Ok, maybe fierce is kind of stretching it. Let’s see Baby V’s toughest tiger ROAR face…Tiny Tiger Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Babies!  | littleredwindow.com

 

Ok, maybe still not exactly scary, but she sure is adorable! Or am I just biased? Anyway, this cute tiger hat is an easy knit and another good choice for boys or if you want to go gender neutral! Scroll on down to get the free knitting pattern!

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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Or download the PDF pattern from Ravelry here:

Tiny Tiger Hat Knitting Pattern (6 month size, see PDF version for other sizes)

Worsted weight yarn in orange 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!)

Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches

Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches with the orange yarn onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 3 rounds. Switch to black yarn and knit 2 rounds. Switch back to orange yarn and knit for 3 rounds. Continue on in this stripe pattern (3 rounds orange, 2 rounds black) 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 one time.
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 black yarn, leaving a long tail to stitch the ears to the hat.
Row 1 (black): knit all stitches
Rows 2-4 (orange): purl odd rows, knit even rows
Row 5 (black): k2tog, k6, ssk
Row 6 (black): purl all stitchesTiny Tiger Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Babies! | littleredwindow.com
Row 7 (orange: k2tog, k4, ssk
Row 8 (orange): purl all stitches
Row 9 (orange): k2tog, k2, ssk
Row 10 (black): purl all stitches
Row 11 (black): k2tog, ssk
Row 12 (black): 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 orange 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 orange inner ear to whipstitch it wrong (purl) sides together to one striped 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. Tiny Tiger Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Babies! | littleredwindow.com

Then use the long cast on tail from the striped outer ear to attach the entire ear securely to the top of the tiger hat on either side. Make sure to attach it well, babies pull on things! printable_button_littleredwindow2-01The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 12 months and 2T+!

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Lest you think things are always sunshine and roses around here, this is how at least a third of the photoshoot usually goes… Tiny Tiger Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Babies!  | littleredwindow.com

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