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The Cat Hat, size 6-12 months.

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This Cat Hat is a really quick and easy pattern that's sure to be a hit with any cat-loving little girl on your list. The hat is just a simple Stockinette Stitch hat worked in the round; the fun comes with the addition to simple triangular ears and stitched embellishments.

Materials:

  • about 55 yards medium weight yarn of your choice (I used the discontinued yarn Rowan Soft Baby)
  • scrap of black medium weight yarn
  • set of 4 size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

14 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round (3.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch)

Size:

Finished hat circumference is about 11 (12, 14, 16) inches. To fit a newborn (3-6 month old, 6-12 month old, toddler). Hat is meant to be snug. Instructions are given for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses.

Knitting the Hat:

  1. Cast on 40 (44, 48, 56) stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join in the round. Place a stitch marker if desired to mark the end of the round.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1 inch.
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch (knit every round) until piece measures 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from cast on edge.
  4. *Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around. On second size, knit 4 stitches at end of round. 35 (35, 42, 49) stitches.
  5. Knit 1 round.
  6. *Knit 5, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 30 (30, 35, 42) stitches.
  7. Knit 1 round.
  8. *Knit 4, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 25 (25, 28, 35) stitches.
  9. Knit 1 round.
  10. *Knit 3, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 20 (20, 21, 28) stitches.
  11. Knit 1 round.
  12. *Knit 2, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 15 (15, 14, 21) stitches.
  13. *Knit 1, k2tog. Repeat from * around. 10 (10, 7, 14) stitches.
  14. Cut yarn and thread onto a yarn needle. Slip the remaining stitches onto the yarn and pull tight to close the top of the hat.
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