This adorable and easy Beehive Hat knitting pattern includes instructions for making an adorable Bee Pom Pom on top!
I knit a bee hat what feels like a million years ago, it was actually one of my first patterns and I remember being so proud when I figured out the antennae on that one! I’ve been wanting to do a beehive hat for a long time since then and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
I knit this cute beehive hat in tan worsted yarn and it looks like a classic beehive shape, straight out of Winnie the Pooh. (Luckily it’s not actually filled with honey!). Then I decided to make a cute bee pom pom on top. I haven’t really made a striped pom pom before and it was so fun. It was also easy, did I mention easy?
This pattern contains step by step instructions and pictures for making a bee pom pom but please be aware that the instructions on your pom pom maker may vary from mine so be sure to read and follow those!
I also decided to add some really really cute little bee patches that I found online. I debated a lot of other ways to add more bees including embroidering them or knitting tiny little ones and honestly, while we could have done it, it would have been a lot more work. So I went with the little patches and they’re adorable. I know, not technically knitting, but, as you know, we don’t really follow all the rules around here!
Of course, because this is an item for babies and small children please make sure the patches and pom pom are attached VERY securely and don’t leave your little one unattended with their hat. The patches I ordered do have iron-on interfacing on the back but I do not that think that would work well on a knit hat so I sewed them on with a needle and thread and that worked perfectly (and is probably stronger).
You can, however, just leave the patches off and only have the bee pom pom on top, that would be really cute too! You can’t go wrong with this pattern! Are you ready to knit your own beehive hat?
Busy Beehive Hat Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Busy Beehive Hat Knitting Pattern Supply List
- Worsted weight yarn in tan, yellow and black
- US 7 16″ circular knitting needles
- US 7 double pointed needles
- White felt
- Pom pom maker
- Bee patches (optional)
- Needle and thread
- Yarn needle
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Busy Beehive Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
(12 month size, see pdf for additional sizing)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches with tan yarn onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Rounds 1-5: purl all stitches
Rounds 6-7: knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 1-7 until the hat is about 5 inches long, beginning the decrease after a round 5.
Decrease (divide your stitches between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 3: purl all stitches
Round 4: (p5, p2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 5: purl all stitches
Round 6: (p4, p2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 7: purl all stitches
Round 8: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 9: Knit all stitches
Round 10: (p2, p2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: purl all stitches
Round 12: (p1, p2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 13: p2tog all stiches
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Bee Pom Pom:
Following the directions for your pom pom maker, open one half.
Begin winding with yellow yarn until you have filled 1/4 of that side.
Wind with black yarn for another 1/4.
Wind again with yellow and then black for the remaining 1/4s of that side. Repeat with the other half of the pom pom maker as a mirror image.
Cut to release your pom pom and tie a long piece of yarn around the middle per the pom pom maker instructions. Take the pom pom out of the pom pom maker and trim it.
Cut two wings from white felt. Because this is an item for babies, I chose to use both craft glue AND a needle and thread to attach the felt wings. Just nestle them into the center of the pom pom with glue and the secure with a needle and thread. Finally use a length of yarn and your yarn needle to attach the finished bee pom pom to the top of your beehive hat.
Small Bees (optional):
I ordered small bee fabric patches to add to my
beehive hat. If you choose to add patches to your hat, sew them on very securely with needle and thread and do not leave unattended with babies.
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