Fox Hat - Free Knitting Pattern

February 13, 2020

Fox Hat - Free Knitting Pattern

 

My fox hat was one the first patterns I designed, back in 2014. It's an adult size knitted in super chunky yarn, it's a quick knit, the fastest I can make one up in is an hour. Over the years I've loved seeing all the hats made up from this pattern!

MATERIALS
Any super chunky yarn that achieves the same tension stated. The original yarn this was designed in was Cygnet Seriously Chunky which is 100% acrylic. It has 48m (52 yards) per 100g. 

M - Main Colour - Burnt Orange x 2 balls
C - Contrast Colour - Cream x 1 ball
9mm (US 13) knitting needles. I've always worked this hat straight and seamed it however it can also be worked in the round on DPNs or circular needles by changing the P rows to even rounds. The magic loop method would be needed when decreasing the crown. 
Darning Needle

Finished Size: Adult - one size fits most.

Tension: 8 stitches x 11 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) on 9mm (US 13) needles. Please swatch in C before starting this project as knitting it in the incorrect tension will change the size. My friend once made of these hats without swatching and it was so big she used it as a basket! 

ABBREVIATIONS 
K Knit
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together, decreasing from two to one stitch 
P Purl
SKP Slip a stitch, knit a stitch, pass the slipped stitch over. Decreasing from two to one stitch
St st Stocking stitch, knit a row then purl a row alternately 
Sts Stitches
* Repeat the instruction within


PATTERN
THE HAT - Make One of These
Using the long tail cast on method cast on 44 stitches in M. Using this cast on method will give an elasticated edge and create the first row of knitting. 
Row 2 *K2, P2* all stitches 
Rows 3 - 18 Repeat Row 2 
Rows 19 - 30 Work in St st
Row 31 K1, *K1, K2tog* fourteen times, K1(30 sts)
Row 32 P
Row 33 K1, *K2tog* fourteen times, K1 (16 sts)
Row 34 P
Row 35 K1, *K2tog* seven times, K1 (9 sts)
Row 36 P
Cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing up. Thread the tail through a darning needle and then through the remaining 9 stitches pulling tightly. Using the tail sew the hat up from the thread through end to the cast on edge using mattress stitch. 


THE EARS - BACK PIECES - Make Two of These
If you're a new knitter or don't fancy your hat with the cream in the ears, you could make four back ear pieces instead.
Using the long tail cast on method cast on 10 stitches in M. This will create the first row of knitting. 
Row 2 P all even rows. 
Row 3 K
Row 5 K
Row 7 K
Row 9 K1, SKP, K4, K2tog, K1 (8 sts)
Row 11 K1, SKP, K2, K2tog, K1 (6 sts)
Row 13 K1, SKP, K2tog, K1 (4 sts)
Row 15 Cast off. 

THE EARS - FRONT PIECES - Make Two of These.
Using the long tail cast on method cast on 10 stitches in M. This will create the first row of knitting. 
Row 2 
Row 3 K4M, K2C, K2M
Row 4 P3M, P4C, P3M
Row 5 K2M, K6C, K2M
Row 6 P2M, P6C, P2M
Row 7 K2M, K6C, K2M
Row 8 P2M, P6C, P2M
Row 9 K1M, SKP in M, KC, K2tog in M, K1M (8 sts)
Row 10 P2M, P4C, P2M 
Row 11 K1M, SKP in M, K2C, K2tog in M, K1M (6 sts)
Row 12 P2M, P2C, P2M
Row 13 Work all stitches in M from here on. K1, SKP, K2tog, K1 (4 sts)
Row 14 P
Row 15 Cast off.


SEWING UP
Take a front and back ear piece and place together with the wrong side facing in. Pin and then sew up using a mattress stitch in M, leaving the cast on edges open. Repeat this for the second ear.

Lay the hat flat with the sewn up seam in the centre back. Place the ears 21cm from the cast on edge on either side of the hat, along the rounded decrease. Neatly sew into place using the M yarn, sewing the cast on edges of the ears against the knit of the hat. Weave the loose ends in to the wrong side of the hat.

Roll up the brim and your hat is all ready to wear! 





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