You guys, I seriously knit the base of this bee hat last year for O and then I got held up by the antennae. Not so much that I didn’t know how I wanted to make them, it was just one of those tasks I though was going to be a pain. But guess what, they weren’t. They took me maybe 10 minutes total. Tops. Of course, that’s my maker’s mantra: the things you think will be easy take forever and the ones you dread are usually super fast! Know what I’m saying?
Anyway, I’m excited about this bee hat pattern because I’m showing you this hat on a kid. O is wearing the 2T+ and in this photo he is about a month shy of 6 years old. So you can see the 2T+ size is generous and will fit most kids.
Also, I put the bee hat on Baby V and it might be even cuter!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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Busy Bee Hat Knitting Pattern (see pdf for other sizes)
Size: 12 months
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 black yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 4 rounds.
Switch to the yellow yarn and knit three rows. Switch back to black and knit three more rows. Continue in the stripe pattern kniting all rows until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (continue stripe pattern & divide the stitches between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Antennae (make 2):
Cast on 4 stitches onto a double pointed needle
Knit an icord for 5 rows
Split the 4 stitches onto double pointed needles to make the bobble on top
Round 1: Kfb all stitches (8 st)
Rounds 2-4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: K2tog 4 times (4 st)
Cut yarn, pull through loops then thread that yarn onto a yarn needle and pull the yarn down though the center top of the bobble and out the bottom of the icord to make the bobble puff out. Cut and weave in that end. Use the long cast on tail to stitch each antenna to top of hat.
And that’s it! Your busy bee hat is done! Enjoy!
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