This adorable fluffy sheep hat knitting pattern is a quick and easy knit and includes instructions to make one for your newborn, baby or toddler!
If you’ve been here a while, you know I enjoy a good pun. Ok, it doesn’t even have to be good, bad puns are great too! So there’s something that really makes me happy about sheep themed knits. I have a lamb hat, which is actually one of my very first patterns. (Click through to see it on an itty bitty baby!)
I also have a really cute lamb bonnet. But sometimes I like to revisit old ideas and I thought since both of those idea are all about the cute fluffy lamb ears, it would be a fun to do a more classic animal hat version. Which is how we ended up with the Sheepie Sheep Hat knitting pattern!
I have used this bubble stitch in designs before and it’s one of those stitches that is kind of magical. Not terribly hard (but there are pictures and a video, don’t worry) and it makes such fantastic texture. It’s kind of like bobbles except, let’s be honest, bobbles are a total pain in the neck and this is much easier. Add a cute little sheep face and some adorable hooves and you’re all set!
I only put two little hooves on the front of my sheep hat, but you can absolutely make two more and add two on the back as well. Totally up to you! If you haven’t knit one of my animal hats before, this is a good starter because it doesn’t have too many pieces to assemble at the end.
I’d love it if you’d share your Sheepie Sheep hats with me, I get to excited to see what you all knit, you are so talented and they always turn out so well!
Sheepie Sheep Hat Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Sheep Hat Supply List
- Worsted weight yarn in white and black
- 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!)
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Sheepie Sheep Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
(size 0-3 months)
KBS = Knit Bubble Stitch
Drop the first stitch off the left needle and unravel down 4 rows (photos A & B). Insert the right needle into the live stitch and behind the 4 unraveled rows (photo C) and k1 stitch. This is one bubble stitch.
To see how to knit a bubble stitch, check out this video.
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 56 stitches onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 4 rounds. Begin bubble stitch pattern:
Rounds 1-4: knit all stitches
Rounds 5: (k3, KBS) and repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 6-9: knit all stitches
Round 10: (k1, KBS, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat rounds 1-10 until the hat is about 4 inches long, beginning the decrease after a round 10.
Decrease (divide your stitches between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (k2tog, k6) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4: (k3, k2tog, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 5: (k2, KBS) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: (k2tog, k4) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 7: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 8: (k2, k2tog, k1) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 9: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 10: (k2tog, k2) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: (k2tog, k1) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 6 stitches with black yarn, leaving a long cast on tail to stitch the face to the hat.
Row 1: kfb, k4, kfb (8 stitches)
Row 2: kfb, k6, kfb (10 stitches)
Row 3: knit all stitches
Row 4: kfb, k8 , kfb (12 stitches)
Rows 5-14: knit all stitches
Row 15: ssk, k8, k2tog (10 stitches)
Row 16: knit all stitches
Row 17: ssk, k6, k2tog (8 stitches)
Row 18: ssk, k4, k2tog (6 stitches)
Cast off and weave in that end.
Ears (make 2):
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 2 stitches with black yarn, leaving a long cast on tail to stitch the ears to the face.
Rows 1-2: knit all stitches
Row 3: kfb, kfb (4 stitches)
Rows 4-7: knit all stitches
Row 8: ssk, k2tog, lift the 2nd stitch on the right needle up and over the 1st to cast off, then cut yarn and pull through the last stitch to end. Weave in that end.
Legs (make 2 or 4):
Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 3 stitches with black yarn, leaving a long cast on tail to stitch the legs to the hat.
Rows 1-4: knit all stitches
Cast off and weave in that end.
To assemble the hat:
Thread a length of white yarn on your yarn needle, and use it to stitch the nose, mouth and eyes on your sheep face. Weave in ends on the back.
Then, thread the cast on tail from one ear on your yarn needle and use it to stitch the ear to the top side of the face. Repeat with the other ear.
Next, thread the cast on tail from the face and use it to stitch the face to the front of the hat. You do not need to stitch the ears down.
Finally, thread the cast on tail from one leg on your yarn needle and use it to stitch the leg to the hat just above the ribbed section as shown. Repeat with the second leg on the front and if you want, add two more legs on the back of the hat.
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