Digital pattern download for the Owl Hat Knit Pattern
I didn’t include a cable needle on the list of materials, but you will need one.
This pattern uses double pointed needles and is knit in the round.
This pattern uses the M1 increase, rather than increasing by knitting front and back. The m1 method involves working into the bar between two stitches. Simply insert the left-hand needle from front to back, under the bar between the stitches. Knit this bar through the back loop, twisting it into a tight loop. You’ve made a new stitch.
I find it easier to add the buttons for the owl eyes after row 30, rather than waiting until the hat is finished.
This is an adult women’s size, but would also fit teenagers/older kids.
If you need to increase the size of the hat, the owl pattern is 11 stitches. To go up a size I would recommend casting on 90, work in ribbing for the first 8 rounds, and then increase to 99 stitches on round 9.
Yardage is about 120 yards. (The skeins of yarn I get are 140 yards and that is always enough for me.)
The pattern needs 16 buttons for the owls as written (it makes 8 owls). If you increase to 99 stitches you will need 18 buttons.
C4B – means to move 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold the work in back, knit 2 stitches, then knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle. This is a cable worked over a total of 4 stitches.
C4F – similar to C4B, but hold the cable need in front.
In addition to double pointed needles I also have a pair of short (8 inch) circular needles that I use to make hats. Either would work to make this hat in the round as written. When I use the 8-inch circular needles, I do switch to the double pointed needles during the decreases.
Gauge: 4″x4″ square is 18 stitches and 24 rows
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