Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern

This post may contain affiliate links, if you purchase something through these links, I will receive a small percentage of the profits at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting Little Red Window!
Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+Email to someoneShare on StumbleUpon

Knit a happy little hippo hat for your baby with this cute knitting pattern!

Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com

The last time we were at my parents’ house, O discovered the game Hungry Hungry Hippos in their basement and made everyone play it with him about 9,000 times in a row. I totally remember loving that game as a kid but what I did not remember is how LOUD it is! Oh my gosh, it’s deafening! I think I’m getting more sensitive to loud noises as I get older (get off my lawn, you rascals! ) but man, this game is just sooo noisy! And with a 6 year old and 1 year old the last thing I really need in my life is more noise. So (in addition to the major choking hazard marbles) this is one board game we will not be having in our house any time soon. We will however, have an adorable baby hippo hat. Because that’s nice and quiet! Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com

 

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!

-The PDF is an optional upgrade, keep scrolling down for the free version-

 

printable_button_littleredwindow2-01

Or download the PDF pattern from Ravelry here:
buy now

Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern (12 mo. size, see PDF for other sizes)

Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches

Worsted weight yarn in silver gray and dark gray

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 light gray yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.

Knit all rows until the hat is about 5 inches long.

Decrease (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.

Nose:

Using double pointed needles as straight needes, cast on 12 stitches with the light gray yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the nose to the hat.

Row 1: Kfb, k10, kfb

Row 2: Pfb, p12, pfb 

Row 3: Kfb, k14, kfb

Row 4: Purl all 

Row 5: Kfb, k16, kfb

Rows 6 – 11: purl odd rows, knit even rows 

Row 12: ssk, k16, k2tog 

Row 13: purl all

Row 14: ssk, k14, k2tog 

Row 15: p2tog, p12, p2tog 

Row 16: ssk, k10, k2tog

Bind off, cut yarn and pull through loop, weave in that end.

Nostrils (make 2):

Using double pointed needles as straight needes, cast on 2 stitches with the dark gray yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the nostrils to the nose.

Row 1: kfb, kfb

Rows 2 – 4: purl even rows, knit odd rows 

Row 5: k2tog, ssk

Bind off by slipping second stitch over first and off the needle, cut yarn and pull through remaining loop. Weave in that end. 

Outer ears (make 2):

Using double pointed needles as straight needes, cast on 10 stitches with the light gray yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the ears to the hat.

Rows 1-6: knit odd rows, purl even rows.

Row 7: k2tog, k6, ssk

Row 8: purl 

Row 9: k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk  and bind off as you go. Cut yarn, pull through loop and weave in that end.

Inner  ears (make 2):

Using double pointed needles as straight needes, cast on 8 stitches with the dark gray yarn, leave a long tail to stitch the inner ear to the outer ear.

Rows 1-4: knit odd, purl even

Row 5: k2tog, k4, ssk

Row 6: purl 

Row 7: k2tog, k2tog, ssk and bind off as you go. Cut yarn, pull through loop and weave in that end.

To assemble the hat:

First, using the long cast on tails, stitch the nostrils to the nose.Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comUsing its long cast on tail, stitch the assembled nose to the hat. Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comThen, thread some dark gray yarn on your yarn needle and make two short stitches for the eyes. Weave in ends. Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com

To assemble ears, lay one light gray outer ear wrong (purl) side up and put one dark gray inner ear wrong (purl) side down on top. Use the long cast on tail from the dark gray inner ear to stitch the two pieces together. Make sure your stitches only catch the purl loops on the light gray outer ear and don’t show through to the other side. Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comNow thread the long cast on tail from the light gray outer ear on your yarn needle and use it to take one stitch through the bottom corners of the ear to pinch them together into a hippo shape. Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com

Then use that same cast on tail to stitch each ear securely to the hat. Happy Hippo Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comAnd that’s it, your hippo hat is finished! Now feed your little hippo some lunch! (because she’s hungry…get it?!)

printable_button_littleredwindow2-01The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 12 months and 2T+!Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comHappy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.comHappy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com

If you liked this, you may also like some of my other posts…

Sweet Panda Hat Free Knitting Pattern! | littleredwindow.com small koala_bear_hat_knitting_pattern_01_littleredwindow small little_pig_hat_knitting_pattern_baby_02_littleredwindow

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

One thought on “Happy Hippo Hat Knitting Pattern

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *