Knitted Pony Ears

 

dash hat 3

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.

Materials:

  • 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

Pattern:

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

Dash hat 1

dash hat 2

*Note: you may need to adjust this if you’re using a different weight of yarn.

 

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