This cute and cozy snowman hat has warm earmuffs, an adorable carrot nose and a sweet smile, it’s the perfect winter knitting pattern for you baby or toddler!
But I’ve found that that’s ok because pretty much everyone loves snowman hats too. It’s not just me. They’re cute. They’re happy. They work for every baby and every toddler. They’re not tied to a specific holiday (but they can work for Christmas, if you celebrate it). And you can wear them all winter long.
(I mean, snowmen are so universally loved that technically, we should call them snow-people. But no one googles “snow-people hats” so I’m going to continue to call them snowmen and you can just pretend I’m really saying snow-people. )
Anyway, I want to add a new snowman hat to my library and this one is perfect. He’s cute, he’s friendly, he has an adorable carrot nose and bright earmuffs to keep him warm.
This is a super fun one to knit and makes a fabulous gift. The person you’re giving it to will be SO impressed!
Here’s how to knit your own Snowman Hat with this easy toddler and baby hat knitting pattern!
Snowman Hat Supply List
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Snowman Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Size = 12 months
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 5 rounds. Then knit all rounds until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
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
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, thread through loops and pull to close. Weave in ends.
To knit the earmuff band:
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 4 stitches with blue yarn and knit all rows until the band is 9 inches long. Leave a long tail to sew the band to the hat and weave in the cast on end.
To knit the earmuffs (make 2):
Using 3 double pointed needles cast on 30 stitches with blue yarn and join to knit in the round. Leave a long cast on tail to stitch the earmuffs to the hat.
Rounds 1-3: knit all even rounds, purl all odd rounds
Round 4: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 5 – 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: (k2, k2tg) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: k2tog all stitches
Cut yarn and pull through loops to close, weave in cast off end.
To knit the eyes (make 2):
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 2 stitches with black yarn, leave a long cast on tail to stitch the eye to the hat.
Row 1: kfb, kfb
Row 2: purl all stitches
Row 3: ssk, k2tog
Without turning your work, lift the second stitch on the right needle up and over the 1st and off the needle to cast off. Then cut your yarn and pull through the remaining stitch to end. Weave in this end.
To knit the carrot nose:
Using double pointed needles, cast on 9 stitches with orange yarn, leave a long cast on tail to stitch the carrot nose to the hat. Join to knit in the round.
Rounds 1-3: knit all stitches
Round 4: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 5: knit all stitches
Round 6: k2tog all
Cut yarn and pull through loops to close. Weave in that end and stuff the carrot nose with a tiny bit of fiber fill.
To assemble the hat:
First lay out the earmuff band across the top of the hat, it may help to pin it in place.
Then thread the cast on tail on your yarn needle and stitch it in place, make sure your stitches are not too tight.
Then thread the cast off tail from one earmuff on your yarn needle and stitch the earmuff at the end of the earmuff band along the bottom edge only, as shown.
Then stuff the earmuff with a little bit of fiber fill.
Finally, finish stitching around the edge of the rest of the earmuff. Repeat with the other earmuff.
Thread the long cast on tail from the carrot nose on your yarn needle and use it to stitch the nose to the front of the hat.
Weave in ends inside. Repeat with both eyes.
Finally, thread a length of black yarn on your yarn needle and, using a backstitch, stitch a little smile on your snowman.
Make sure these stitches are not too tight or they will pull when the hat stretches. Weave in ends inside.
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