How to | knit a cat ear hat (free pattern)

Today I have a free pattern for you to knit a cat ear hat. I like the trend for cat ear hair bands that has been around for a while but I don’t think it is the kind of look I could pull off.  This is a great compromise especially now the weather is getting colder. You get the cat ears without it looking too cutesy. It’s purr-fect…ok I’ll stop.

It is a super simple pattern. All you need to be able to do is knit, purl and cast on and off. You knit up a large rectangle, fold it in half and sew it up. When you pull the hat onto your head the corners make the cat ears.

Knit a cat ear hat free pattern
The yarn I used is some lovely alpaca chunky by Rowan in sparrow knitted up on some 8mm needles. It makes a lovely warm hat which is great as there apparently is a cold snap on the way next week.

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x2 balls of rowan alpaca chunky

x1 pair 8mm knitting needles

x1 tapestry needle


Cast on 80 stitches. I use the cable cast on technique.

Work 8 rows in k1 p1 rib stitch.

Decrease row: *k2 k2tog* repeat between the * until the end of the row. You should now have 60 stitches.

Work in stocking stitch starting with a purl row until your work measures approx 25cm long.

Cast off.

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Fold the rectangle in half and sew up the side and across the top using some yarn and the tapestry needle. Fold up the bottom, you could always catch the this with a couple of stitches at the side to keep it in place.

How to knit a cat ear hat Bead It and Weep5Once you pull the hat down on your head the corners will stick up like ears. Meow!
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5 Comments on How to | knit a cat ear hat (free pattern)

  1. Elena @ Randomly Happy
    26 November, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Looks amazing Nikki! I wish I was more into knitting, cause this hat looks like it would cheer up a dreary day!

    • Nikki
      26 November, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      It knits up really quick. It wouldn’t take you long.
      Nikki x

  2. Heather
    25 September, 2015 at 2:59 am

    This could easily be done in the round, too.

    • Nikki
      25 September, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      I haven’t tried that with this hat but that is a great idea. I’ll have to give it a go. Some of my friends want me to knit some of these now the weather is getting colder.
      Nikki x

  3. Jeanet
    12 December, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to make this for my nieces! i’m just not sure how much i would have to cast one since i don’t have their head measurements, i’m gonna give it a go and see how it works out and figure out from there how much to cast on for their sizes. Thanks for sharing!!