Sleepy Fox Hat

This slouchy bobble hat is just what your little one needs for the upcoming winter. Knit in the round with stranded colorwork, this warm ad  make this a cozy and warm hat for any child. To make a larger fitting hat, just bump up your knitting needle size.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

Size: Child, (20” circumference x 11” high, excluding bobble)

Gauge: 17 sts and 23 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stranded St st after wet blocking or size used to get correct tension.



Medium Weight Yarn Studio Donegal Donegal Aran Tweed (4-ply) (100% Wool; 88 yards [80 meters]/50 grams): 1443 Báinín (MC), 1 ball; 4866 Fire (CC1), 1 ball; 4581 Black (CC2), small amounts for duplicate stitch.

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): DPNs or 16” circular

Notions: 4 Markers; tapestry needle; pompom Maker or cardboard


RS: right side
WS: Wrong side
Pm: place marker
Sm: slip marker
Rm: remove marker
LHN: left hand needle
RHN: Right hand needle
DPN: Double pointed needle(s)
Sl: slip
St(s): stitch (es)
m-1: Make 1 st: Pick up bar between sts from the front with LN needle and K through back.

Special Stitches

CDD (Centred double decrease): Dec 2 sts, slip 2 stitches together knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitches over.

SR (Short row shaping): WS is facing. Bring yarn to the front, sl st p-wise and bring yarn up, over and back to pull on the slipped stitch until it slides around to show two legs. Keeping the yarn at the back in order to k next st while keeping the tension. When working the stitch, the next time you meet it, work the “doubled stitch” as if it were one, that is, work the two legs together. Note: I used the German method of creating short rows in the hat. Use whichever method you prefer. If you are working the “wrap and turn”, work this at the turning point and ignore the “SR” instruction at the start of the following row, then work the wrapped stitches together with their wraps as you come to them. As you are working in garter stitch, the wraps don’t need to be hidden as they will blend in.

Pattern Notes

The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up in garter stitch with short row shapping on the ear flaps before graduating into two colour fair isle and finally, central double decreases in stranded work to shape the crown. The fox’s features are added afterwards in duplicate stitch. Make a pompom to finish the hat.



With CC1, CO 80 sts, place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the sts.

Change to MC, work 2 rnds in Garter St.


Row 1 (RS): K28, turn.
Row 2: SR, k18, turn.
Row 3: SR, k17, turn.
Row 4: SR, k16, turn.

Continue in established patt until 5 sts rem.
Next Row: SR, k46, turn
Next Row: SR, k18, turn.
Next Row: SR, k17, turn.
Next Row: SR, k16, turn.

Continue in established patt until 5 sts rem.

SR, knit to end of rnd.

Purl next rnd.

Work 6 rnds in Garter St.

Inc Rnd: (K10, m1) eight times – 88 sts.

Begin Chart

Change to CC1.

Rnd 1: PM, (work Chart) 4 times.
Rnd 2: SM, (work appropriate row of chart) 4 times.

Rep Rnd 2 thirty-two times.

Crown Shaping

While continuing to follow colour work in Crown chart

Rnd 1: *K9, CDD, k10; rep from * around – 80 sts.
Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K8, CDD, k9; rep from * around – 72 sts.
Rnd 5: *K7, CDD, k8; rep from * around – 64 sts.
Rnd 7: *K6, CDD, k7; rep from * around – 56 sts.
Rnd 9: *K5, CDD, k6; rep from * around – 48 sts.
Rnd 11: *K4, CDD, k5; rep from * around – 40 sts.
Rnd 13: *K3, CDD, k4; rep from * around – 32 sts.
Rnd 15: *K2, CDD, k3; rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 17: *K1, CDD, k2; rep from * around, removing all markers – 16 sts.
Rnd 19: *CDD, k1; rep from * around – 8 sts.

Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread yarn through 8 sts, pull tight and secure.


With CC2 and using the Chart as a guide, duplicate stitch the fox’s features.

Weave in all ends. Block to measurements.

Using CC1, make a 2-3” bobble.

When hat is dry, add the pompom to the crown using matching thread or yarn.yarn ball

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  • Maria C.

    Non so molto bene l’inglese. È possibile avere la tradizione in italiano?grazie

  • Janice C.

    When I try to print the graph I only get rows 9-22 of the fox – nothing else!

  • Sandra R.

    Have downloaded the chart but not the schematic. Neglected to say the Downloads are under the last picture of the hat.

  • Sandra R.

    Love this hat, I knit for chemo patients, but always knit the unusual, not the chemo hats, they are ugly, the ladies would love this hat. There is no chart.

  • thank you for the lovely pattern ,. It will be a great addition to add to my hats and mitt sets I make for a charity for children . The pattern site you sent me I can’t find the graph for the hat .

  • thank you for the pattern of the Sleepy Fox Hat. it is lovely and it will be great to add this to my charity hats and mitts I make , I can’t find the graph for the pattern site you sent me.

  • Margaret M.

    Thank you for giving this out and for the chance to see what your site as well as magazine is about.


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