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.
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.
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.
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.
Once you pull the hat down on your head the corners will stick up like ears. Meow!