The Little Chicken Hat Knitting pattern is perfect if your little one loves farm animals! Get started on your chicken hat today!
Is it a chicken hat? Is it a rooster hat? I don’t know, all I know is…it’s adorable!!
So I’ve been thinking lately that the reason my baby hats have been so popular is that there are lots of you out there just like me. We see TONS of cute animal/amigurumi etc. hats out there for crochet, but no one’s doing it with knitting. It’s like we knitters gave up on every doing anything sculptural like you can with crochet and just decided to stick to lace and cables. Well guess what? You can totally do almost anything with knitting that you can with crochet. And this little chicken hat (or is it a rooster hat?) is such a great example. I think most people versed in yarn would look at the chicken’s comb and assume you’d do that as a crochet piece. Well guys, it’s not, it’s knit! And that’s awesome because some of us you only know how to knit. Or haven’t crocheted in a long time. Or just prefer the look of knit over crochet. And that’s ok! We can do everything they can do, just stick with me, I’ve got you covered. And start with this chicken hat, it’s super adorable and really easy!
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(12 mo. size, see PDF upgrade 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.
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Little Chicken Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the white yarn. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 4 rounds.
Knit all rows until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Using straight needles, cast on 10 stitches with orange yarn. Leave a long tail to stitch the beak to the hat.
Row 1: knit all stitches
Purl all even rows unless otherwise noted
Row 3: k2tog, k6, ssk
Row 5: k2tog, k4, ssk
Row 7: k2tog, k2, ssk
Row 9: k2tog, ssk
Row 10: p2tog
Cut yarn and pull through loop to close. Weave in that end.
Using straight needles, cast on 40 stitches with red yarn. Leave a long tail to stitch the comb to the hat.
Row 1: (k1, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 2: (kfb, k3, kfb,) repeat to the end of the row
Row 3: (k2, k3tog, k2) repeat to the end of the row
Row 4: (k1, k3tog, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Rows 5-6 : knit all stitches.
Bind off and weave in that end.
To assemble the hat:
Using their long cast on tails, sew the beak and comb to the hat.
Thread a length of brown yarn on your yarn needle , secure it inside the hat and make two small horizontal stitches for the eyes. Make sure they are quite loose so they don’t pull when the hat stretches. Knot and weave end inside hat. And that’s it!
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