Recently a friend of mine found a hat she just had to have. It was a knitted hat with ear flaps but what made it special was that it was designed after Rainbow Dash who just happens to be her favorite pony in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. So I set out to make the hat.
The hat itself was easy. I’ve made hats like it before–they’re pretty cunning, don’t ya think? I did knit a guage swatch first because I used a finer yarn than usual for this particular hat. I used a baby soft yarn because Dash is sky blue and I had some left over from a baby blanket I did.
The tricky part was the ears. I tried to find a free pattern for these because I don’t like paying for patterns I’ll only use once. Unfortunately there was no pattern to be found, so I had to make it up as I went. The first attempt was much too large but had the right shape. So, to save you from the trial and error I suffered, here’s the pattern I created (I wrote down each row as I went on ear 1 so I could replicate for ear 2).
I chose to knit the ears in the round for two reasons. First, it creates a stockinette with only knitting–no alternating rows of purl–with no wrong side. Second, since it’s basically doubled-up, the ears have more stability and will stand up without any other stabilizer.
- Yarn (I used Fine weight yarn)*
- Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)
- Large-eye darning needle to sew ears to hat
Stitches You Need to Know:
- k = knit
- k2tog = knit 2 together
- kitchener stitch (aka grafting) to finish top of ear
Cast on 60 stitches and split evenly on 2 DPNs.* Be sure not to get your stitches twisted.
Rows 1-2: knit to end of row
Row 3: decrease row (*k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts on needle, k2tog, k1* repeat on second needle)
Rows 4-21: repeat rows 1-3
Row 22: knit to end of row
Row 23: decrease row (*k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts on needle, k2tog, k1* repeat on second needle)
Rows 24-33: repeat rows 22-23
Row 34: finish with kitchener stitch
*Note: you may need to adjust this if you’re using a different weight of yarn.
**This post was originally posted on January 22, 2015**