Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern

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(Last Updated On: January 10, 2018)

You’ll love knitting this adorable stripey zebra hat with this fun knitting pattern for newborns, babies or toddlers!Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com

Oh my gosh, you guys, I think I have a new favorite hat. I know I say that a lot, but this time I really mean it. It’s a zebra with a stripey mane!! I mean, come on! Plus knitting those loopy mane stitches was something new for me and it’s totally fun. And black and white stripes work for boys and girls and go with all kinds of outfits. There’s pretty much not a color you can’t wear with a zebra hat, am I right? Ok, enough, trying to convince you that you need to make one, I’ll just let Baby V do the talking for me…Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comRight??  If you want to make your own zebra hat, scroll on down to get the free knitting pattern!

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Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern (6 month size, see PDF version 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.

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!)

Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches

Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches with the black yarn onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 3 rounds. Switch to white yarn and knit 3 rounds. Switch back to black yarn and knit for 3 rounds. Continue on in this stripe pattern (3 rounds black, 3 rounds white) until the hat is about 4 1/2 inches long.

Decrease (continue stripe pattern & 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.

To make the Mane:

To knit the mane you will need to know how to knit a loop stitch (knit loop), here’s how I do it:

Knit one stitch into the stitch on the left needle but leave that stitch on the needle. Bring the yarn from the back to the front between the needles, wrap it around your left thumb and bring it back to the back of your work between the needles again. Then, keeping the loop on your thumb, knit a second stitch into that original stitch that’s still on your left needle. Drop that stitch off the left needle. Then slip the first stitch over the second and off the right needle (you can either do this using the left needle or your fingers).

Here’s a video of me doing a loop stitch:

To knit the mane, cast on 8 stitches with black yarn onto straight needles.

Row 1: k1, knit 6 loops, k1

Row 2: purl all stitches

Row 3: k1, knit 6 loops, k1

Switch to white yarn:

Even rows: purl all stitches

Odd rows: k1, knit 6 loops, k1

To make the stripes, follow this pattern for 4 rows with white yarn, switch to black and follow for 4 rows and repeat until the mane is as long as you want it. My mane has 13 stripes.

Outer Ears (make 2):

Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 10 stitches with the white yarn.

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

Row 7: k2tog, k6, ssk

Rows 8-9: knit odd rows, purl even rows

Row 10: p2tog, p4, p2tog 

Rows 11-12: knit odd rows, purl even rows

Row 13: k2tog, k2, ssk 

Row 14: purl all stitches

Row 15: k2tog, k2tog

Row 16: p2tog 

Cut yarn pull through loop to close. Weave in this end 

Inner Ears (make 2):

Using double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 6 stitches with the black yarn.

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

Row 7: k2tog, k2, ssk

Row 8: purl all stitches

Row 9: k2tog, ssk 

Row 10: purl all stitches

Row 11: k2tog 

Cut yarn pull through loop to close. Weave in this end 

To assemble the hat, use a long length of yarn to stitch the mane to the top center of the hat and down the back.

To make the ears, lay one black inner ear, purl side DOWN on top of one white outer ear (which has purl side UP), use the long black cast on tail of the inner ear to stitch them together. Be sure your stitches only catch purl loops on the white outer ear and do not show through to the back of the ear. Stripey Zebra Hat Free Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comThen pinch the ear at the base and use the white cast on tail to put one stitch through the bottom to help it hold its shape. Stripey Zebra Hat Free Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com Stripey Zebra Hat Free Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comFinally, still using that same cast on tail, stitch each ear securely to the hat on either side of the mane. And that’s it! Stripey Zebra Hat Free Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com printable_button_littleredwindow2-01The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 12 months and 2T+!Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comStripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comStripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comStripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.comStripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com Stripey Zebra Hat Knitting Pattern for babies! | littleredwindow.com

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