Knit Cat Ear Hat With Pattern



This project was inspired by my niece, who has always adored cats. I knew she would rock this look and I was right! Read on for pattern.

I knitted on long circular needles (size 10) for the hat part, and used "full o' sheep" yarn in black.
For the ears, I used Size 7 needles.
Please read pattern before starting. I felted the final project lightly in the washer on hot because I like the look of the felted stitches. If you plan to skip this part, or use non felting yarn, take that into consideration when sizing, as the hat will be bigger than the one pictured and you may want to change needle size.

HAT
Cast on 66 sts Using DPN or Long Circular Needles and join in the round being sure not to twist cast on row
Rows 1-4: Purl.
Rows 5 and 6: work in St st (which, when working in the round means knitting each row). Continue until piece measures about 6 in. from beg.
Shape Crown
Next (Dec) Row:
K7, k2tog, *pm, k2tog, k12, k2tog; rep from * 2 more times, pm, k2tog, k to end - 58 sts remain at end of row.
Next Row\: Knit.
Next (Dec) Row: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times, k to end - 50 sts at end of row.
Next Row: Knit
Rep last 2 rows 5 more times.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem 10 sts and pull together.

EARS

Left ear:

using the size 7 needles (or size desired - not crucial to be exact gauge here)

pick up 13 sts along

decrease seam, in desired position beginning with the WS:

Rnd 1-3 knit in seed st pattern to end. (11 sts)

Rnd 4 (RS) ssk, seed st pattern to last 2 sts, k2tog. (9 sts)

Rnd 5 and al l WS rows knit in established seed st pattern.

Rnd 6, 8, 10 (RS) as Row 4.

Rnd 12 (RS) k3tog.


Right ear:

using the size 7 needles (or size desired - not crucial to be exact gauge here) , pick up 13 sts along

decrease seam, beginning with the WS, continue as for the left.


FInishing:

Weave in all loose ends. Lightly felt my machine washing in HOT water. Let air dry. This tightens up and neatens the stitches. *IMPORTANT* If you used wool, from this point on, hand wash in cold water only, air dry.



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