Spotted Around Hat

This fun leopard print hat is a wonderful companion to the Spotted Around Scarf. The hat is knit in the round, from bottom up, starting with 1×1 rib brim, and continued with the leopard pattern for the body of the hat. Shown with an optional pom pom in both colors.

Time: Day Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large), approx. 16 (18, 20)” / [40.5 (45.5, (51) cm] circumference, unstretched measured at brim.

Length: Approx. 8.5 (9.5, 10.5)” / [21.5 (24, 26.5) cm]

Gauge: 20 sts and 23 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Leopard Pattern after wet blocking.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #876 Sandalwood (MC, 1 skein), #872 Bitter Chocolate (CC, 1 skein).

Needle: US size 7 (4.5 mm) set of 5 DPNs or circular, US 6 (4.0 mm) set of 5 DPNs or circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, pom-pom maker (optional).

Special Stitches

1×1 Rib (worked in the rnd over multiples of 2 sts)

All Rounds: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Leopard Pattern

Rnd 1: *K2 in MC, k2 in CC, k3 in MC, k1 in CC, k2 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: *K1 in MC, k3 in CC, k2 in MC, k3 in CC, k1 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: *K1 in MC, k4 in CC, k1 in MC, k2 in CC, k2 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: *K1 in CC, k2 in MC, k2 in CC, k5 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *K2 in CC, k7 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 6: *K1 in CC, k3 in MC, k2 in CC, k2 in MC, k2 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *K4 in MC, k3 in CC, k2 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: *K2 in CC, k2 in MC, k4 in CC, k2 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: *K1 in CC, k2 in MC, k4 in CC, k2 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 10: *K4 in MC, k2 in CC, k3 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC, k3 in MC, k2 in CC, k3 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 12: *K3 in CC, k6 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 13: *K3 in CC, k5 in MC, k2 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 14: *K2 in CC, (k3 in MC, k1 in CC) twice; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 15: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC, k2 in MC, k3 in CC, k3 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 16: *K5 in MC, k3 in CC, k1 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 17: *K2 in CC, k2 in MC, k3 in CC, k2 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 18: *K3 in CC, k2 in MC, k3 in CC, k1 in MC, k1 in CC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 19: *K1 in MC, k2 in CC, k3 in MC, k2 in CC, k2 in MC; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 20: Knit in MC.

Rep Rnds 1-20 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This fun leoard print hat is knit in the rnd from bottom up, starting with 1×1 Rrib brim. Cont with Leopard Pattern for Body of Hat.

The chart is followed from bottom to top, working each row from right to left, knitting all sts 8 (9, 10) times around.

Pattern

Brim

Using smaller needles, CO 80 (90, 100) sts in MC. PM, being careful not to twist sts, join to begin working in the rnd.

Rnds 1-20: Work in 1×1 Rib pattern. Attach CC.

Body

Switch to larger needles.

Rnd 1: Knit in MC

Rnds 2-21: Work in Leopard Pattern, using written instructions or chart 8 (9, 10) times around.

After final rnd, cut CC.

Knit an additional 0 (5, 10) rnds. Cont to Crown Decrease.

Crown Decrease

Size Large Only

Rnd 1: (Ssk, k18) 5 times. (95 sts)

Rnd 2: (Ssk, k17) 5 times. (90 sts)

Sizes Medium (Large) Only

Rnd 1 (3): (Ssk, k16) 5 times. (85 sts)

Rnd 2 (4): (Ssk, k15) 5 times. (80 sts)

All Sizes

Rnd 1 (3, 5): (Ssk, k14) 5 times. (75 sts)

Rnd 2 (4, 6): (Ssk, k13) 5 times. (70 sts)

Rnd 3 (5, 7): (Ssk, k12) 5 times. (65 sts)

Rnd 4 (6, 8): (Ssk, k11) 5 times. (60 sts)

Rnd 5 (7, 9): (Ssk, k10) 5 times. (55 sts)

Rnd 6 (8, 10): (Ssk, k9 5 times. (50 sts)

Rnd 7 (9, 11): (Ssk, k8) 5 times. (45 sts)

Rnd 8 (10, 12): (Ssk, k7) 5 times. (40 sts)

Rnd 9 (11, 13): (Ssk, k6) 5 times. (35 sts)

Rnd 10 (12, 14): (Ssk, k5) 5 times. (30 sts)

Rnd 11 (13, 15): (Ssk, k4) 5 times. (25 sts)

Rnd 12 (14, 16): (Ssk, k3) 5 times. (20 sts)

Rnd 13 (15, 17): (Ssk, k2) 5 times. (15 sts)

Rnd 14 (16, 18): (Ssk, k1) 5 times. (10 sts)

Rnd 15 (17, 19): Ssk 5 times. (5 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread end on tapestry needle. Pull end through rem sts on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Wash and block to measurements.

Optional: Make a pompom, using the pompom maker and both colors of yarn.

Sew the pompom to top of Hat.

Spotted Around Scarf

 

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