Spooky Bat Beanie

Knit this spooky hat for that upcoming Halloween bash and keep wearing it throughout the fall and winter. The bat is added onto the finished hat by using the duplicate stitch technique.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 20 (22)” (51 (56) cm) circumference

Gauge: 16 sts = 4″ (10 cm); 21 rounds = 4″ (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (knit every round)

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Red Heart With Love (100% acrylic; 390 yards [357 meters]/198 grams): #1012 Black (A, 1 skein), #1546 Iris (B, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) 16″ circular needle and set of double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch marker, yarn needle

Special Stitches

How to Duplicate Stitch

Each square of the chart represents one V-shape duplicate stitch.
Thread yarn needle with one strand of yarn.
Starting at lower right, locate the “V” that the first stitch will cover and come up from wrong
side at base of the “V”. Insert needle from right to left through base of “V” directly above.
Go back through the base of “V” at same point as you first came up and up at base of next “V”. First duplicate stitch is completed.
Continue working from right to left across row.
Move up to your second row of and work left side of “V”.
Continue working from left to right. Secure the beginning tail by working over it as you do the duplicate stitching. When ending, run the needle under the back of several completed stitches, then return in the other direction to secure. 

Pattern Notes

Hat is worked in rounds, beginning at the lower edge.
Work begins on circular needle. When stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle, change to double pointed needles.
Bat is worked with duplicate stitch on finished hat. 

Pattern

Ribbing

With circular needle and A, cast on 80 (88) sts.
Rnd 1 (RS): *K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Place marker for beginning of round and prepare to work in rounds.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures about 1¼” (3 cm) from beginning.

Body

Work in Stockinette stitch (knit every round) until piece measures about 5½” (14 cm) from beginning.

Shape Crown

Note: When stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle, change to double pointed needles.
Rnd 1: *K6, k2tog; repeat from * around. (70 (77) sts)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K5, k2tog; repeat from * around. (60 (66) sts)
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K4, k2tog; repeat from * around. (50 (55) sts)
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * around. (40 (44) sts)
Rnd 8: Knit.
Rnd 9: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * around. (30 (33) sts)
Rnd 10: Knit.
Rnd 11: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * around. (20 (22) sts)
Rnd 12: Knit.
Rnd 13: *K2tog; repeat from * around. (10 (11) sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, thread tail through remaining stitches twice, removing stitches from needle. Pull tightly on tail to close top opening. Weave in tail securely on wrong side (inside) of Hat.

Finishing

Duplicate Stitch Bat: With B, work bat with duplicate stitch onto hat according to chart, beginning immediately above the ribbing. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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