Paws-itively Cute Hat

This simple slouchy hat features a ring a cute little paws above the band. This hat is a great gift for animal lovers of all ages.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Circumference 20 (22, 24)” / [51 (56, 61) cm] x 8.25 (9, 9.5)” / [21 (23, 24) cm] height

Shown in size 20” / [51 cm].

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rnds = 4” [10cm] in St st.

Materials

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% Peruvian Wool; 110 yards [101 meters]/50 grams): #23420 Coal (MC, 2 skeins), #24065 White (CC, 1 skein).

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular

Notion: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

K1, P1 Rib

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.

Pattern

With MC, CO loosely 100 (110, 120) sts.

Edging

Work K1, P1 Rib until piece meas 1.75 (2, 2)” / [4.5 (5, 5) cm] from CO edge.

Body

Work in St st for 2 rnds.

Sizes 20 (24)” only

Join CC and *work over first 10 sts only of Paw Chart; rep from * to end.

Size 22” only

Join CC and *work Paw Chart over 11 sts; rep from * to end.

All Sizes

Work Rnds 1-9 of Paw Chart.

Cut CC.

With MC, work in St st until piece meas 5.25 (6, 6.5)” / [13.5 (15, 16.5) cm].

Crown

Rnd 1: *K18 (20, 18), k2tog, pm; rep from * to end. (5 (5, 6) sts dec’d; 95 (105, 114) sts)

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: *K to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm; rep from * to end. (5 (5, 6) sts dec’d: 90 (100, 108) sts)

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rep Rnds 3-4, 3 more times. (15 (15, 18) sts dec’d; 75 (85, 90) sts)

Rep Rnd 3, 6 more times. (30 (30, 36) sts dec’d; 45 (55, 54) sts)

Next Rnd: *K3, k2tog, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm; rep from * to end. (10 (10, 12) sts dec’d; 35 (45, 42) sts)

Rep Rnd 3 once more. (5 (5, 6) sts dec’d; 30 (40, 36) sts)

Next Rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end. (15 (20, 18) sts dec’d; 15 (20, 18) sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a 20” / [51 cm] tail. Thread needle with tail and pull through remaining sts several times.

Finishing

Lightly block to measurements. Weave in ends.

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