My youngest daughter wanted a cat-eared beanie to match her beloved cat. How could I say no?
My last few projects were knitted out of fingering-weight yarn so I was surprised at how fast this little beanie knitted up. It was a very nice change of pace and *almost* an instant-gratification project.
This adorable hat knits up quickly and is surprisingly easy. Skills required: knit, purl, 3-needle bind off, and knitting in the round.
For those who would like to recreate this project, here’s the spill:
Skill Level- Beginner
Finished Measurements in inches–
9.75 inches wide by 8.25 inches tall
Yarn- Any worsted weight wool that can knit up into gauge. Shown here in superwash Felicity yarn that can be found on Etsy.
Gauge- 4.5 stitches per inch in stockinette on size 7 circular needle or DPNs
Other Materials- tapestry needle
Using smaller circular needle (size 5 or 6) CO 88 stitches. Place marker for beginning of the round (BOR). Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Note: If you have a larger head or would like a bigger hat circumference, you can cast on 92 stitches or 96 stitches instead, or any multiple of 4. Or, if you would like a smaller hat for a smaller head, just subtract stitches in multiples of 4.
Rib: Knit in rib (k2, p2) until piece measures 3 inches from cast on edge. Stop at the BOR marker.
Knit Body: Switch to larger needle and knit in stockinette until the hat measures 8.25 inches or the height you desire, stopping at the BOR marker.
Bind Off: Turn your hat inside out. With the wrong side (purl side) on the outside, bind off using 3-needle bind off. This puts the row of bind off stitches on the inside of your hat.
Using a tapestry needle, weave in all your ends.
Pin Down Ears: Turn the hat right-side out. Stitch down each ear in the middle with a small piece of yarn about 1.5 inches from the sides. Use a tapestry needle to pull the tails to the inside of the hat. Weave in ends or tie ends together and cut fairly short.