I may have mentioned, I caught more than one cold this winter and I had a little more down time than usual. And what’s better when you don’t feel well than a cup of tea, some knitting and a movie? In my opinion, not much! And while O is still at an age where he actually likes the things I made him, I thought I’d take full advantage of that (and a big yarn sale at the craft store!) to make a couple cute new hats for him. You can never have too many hats for a preschooler. Don’t they always get left in the car, shoved down deep in a bag, stuck in a coat sleeve or dropped in a wet puddle?
And I always marvel, when I search the internet, how many amazing knitting patterns there are out there. But often there is a hole for some of the simpler ideas. Which is how my Baby Bear Hat came to be. I wanted a simple baby hat with plain ears and I just could not find a pattern for it! Same goes for a dog hat. So this time I came up with a cute little Puppy Dog hat with floppy puppy ears that I think even a newer knitter could handle. Another simple idea that’s cute and easy to make! Scroll on down to get the FREE pattern!
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Happy Puppy Dog Hat (2T size)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
Brown worsted weight yarn
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Using long-tail cast on, cast on 80 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 1 inch. Then knit all stitches until the entire hat is about 5.5 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.
Floppy Puppy Dog Ears (makes 1 ear half, make 4)
Using one of your double pointed needles, cast on 8 stitches, leave a long tail to stitch the ears together and to the hat.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stiches
Row 3: Kfb, k6, kfb
Row 4: Purl all stitches (10)
Row 5: Knit all stitches
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7: kfb, k8, kfb (12)
Row 8: Purl all stitches
Row 9: Knit all stitches
Rows 10-14: Repeat rows 8 & 9
Row 15: kfb, k10 kfb (14)
Row 16: Purl all stitches
Row 17: Knit all stitches
Rows 18 – 24: Repeat rows 16 & 17, ending with a purl row.
Row 26: p2tog, p8, p2tog
Row 27: k2tog, k6, k2tog
Row 28: p2tog, p4, p2tog
Row 29: Bind off, pull the tail of the yarn through the last stitch to secure, weave in that end.
Take two of the ears and pin or hold them right (knit) sides together and whipstitch around the outside with one cast on tail, leaving the bottom (cast on) edge open.
Then turn the ears right side out. Repeat with the other two ear parts so you have 2 full ears.
Using one of the cast-on tails, whipstitch each ear securely to the top of the hat.
Put your hat on your cute little puppy and enjoy!
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