Busy Bee Hat Knitting Pattern

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(Last Updated On: November 10, 2017)

Knit a fun Bee Hat for your little one with this easy and adorable pattern!Busy Bee Hat Knitting Pattern for Kids and Babies! | littleredwindow.com

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!Busy Bee Hat Knitting Pattern for Kids and Babies! | littleredwindow.com

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Busy Bee Hat Knitting Pattern (see pdf for other sizes)

This pattern is copyright Little Red Window Design 2017 and is intended for personal use. You may not not distribute, reproduce or sell this pattern either physically or digitally.

Size: 12 months

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches

You need:

Worsted weight yarn in yellow 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 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.Little Ladybug Hat Free Knitting Pattern Process | littleredwindow.com Cut and weave in that end. Use the long cast on tail to stitch each antenna to top of hat. Little Ladybug Hat Free Knitting Pattern Process | littleredwindow.com

And that’s it! Your busy bee hat is done! Enjoy!

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