Meow! Remember when you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up and you answered, "a unicorn", or "a mermaid", or "a dinosaur"? I certainly do. (I was the one convinced I would be a mermaid). Now you can let your little one get a head start and be the cutest little kitten you ever did see. You won't be able to keep your paws off your snuggly feline in this super soft and cozy cat hat.
Aside from scissors, you will need super bulky yarn (shown in black), a P crochet hook, and a large tapestry needle.
You will need to know:
Sl st (slip stitch)
Sc (single crochet)
Sc2tog (sc 2 together)
Sc3tog (sc 3 together)
This size is for a newborn (0-3 months as the hats are roomy)
1. Ch 2 (chain on the looser side as you will be sc'ing into your first chain)
2. 6 sc into the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join (6 sts)
3. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, 2 sc in each stitch around, sl st to join (12 sts)
4. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *(sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around, sl st to join (18 sts)
5. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *(sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around, sl st to join (24 sts)
6. Ch 1, sc around, sl st to join (24 sts)
7-10. Repeat round 6 (sc and sl st to join) then tie off yarn. The base of the hat is complete!
Now for the ears.
1. Ch 5
2. Sc in second ch from hook, sc 3 back (4 sts)
3. Ch 1, sc 4 (4 sts)
4. Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc (3 sts)
To sc2tog, you are going to put your hook through the next stitch as if you were going to sc, but instead of pulling your yarn through to complete the sc, you are going to put your hook through the next stitch as well. You will have three loops on your hook.
Now you pull your yarn through all three stitches, thus joining the two sc stitches into one. This is a great decrease stitch that avoids skipping stitches (which end up making little spaces or holes).
This is the finished row 4 after you have completed your sc2tog and sc in the last stitch.
5. Ch 1, sc3tog (1 st)
This is the same idea as the sc2tog except instead of bringing two sc stitches together you will be bringing all three sc stitches together. Insert your hook through all three sc from the previous round and pull your yarn through. This makes one single stitch at the top of the ear.
6. You are going to sc all the way around the ear. There are 5 rows so you will have 5 sc stitches on both sides of the ear, and 4 sc stitches along the bottom. When you reach a bottom corner, ch 1, then continue around.
Ch 1, sc 5, ch 1, sc 4, ch 1, sc 5, sl st at top to close and tie off with a long tail (you will use the tail to sew the ears to the hat).
Repeat to make two ears.
Take your tapestry needle and thread the long tail from the ear down the side of the ear so your tail is coming out of the bottom corner (it doesn't matter which one). Then count 4-5 rows from the center of the hat down the hat and evenly space out your ears on the 6th row down slightly angled up towards the center of the hat. This way, the ears are slightly on the front of the hat instead of directly on top. Sew to the hat using the tapestry needle. Tie off yarn and weave in tails.
Ta da! You have an adorable little cat hat, perfect to bring your kitten through autumn and winter (and wonderful for halloween)! Note: the completed hat shown in the photos is a 6-12 month size if you happen to count the rows to be 12 instead of 10 :)
You can also purchase a Purrrfect Cat Hat here!
**This pattern is written by me, Morgan Roberts, and all photos and text are copy-written. Hats made may be used for personal use or gifts, but may not be sold, nor may the photos be used without my permission. Feel free to email me with any questions, I love hearing from you!**