Following on from last week’s Bunnykins yarn feast, I though I’d make a hat to celebrate rabbits. Beatrix Potter’s Peter, Benjamin and the Flopsies are the bunny versions of ourselves. They’re loyal, adventurous, loving, greedy, fearful, mischievous, and a little bit naughty, but in a nice way. Old Mrs Rabbit, Peter’s mother even earned her living from knitting rabbit wool mittens!
Who doesn’t melt at the sight of a rabbit, except perhaps, farmers like Mr McGregor?
Blue Rabbit Hat is for 4 sizes, from newborn to 2 years and is made in my favourite dk wool yarn: the soft, durable and masterfully hand dyed Koigu Kersti. I chose blue for the bunnies because it’s the colour of Peter Rabbit’s coat.
Here’s the pattern. Happy knitting!
BLUE RABBIT HAT
Size 3.75 and 4.0mm double pointed
1(2, 3, 4)
To fit: 0-3(3-6, 6-12, 12-24) months
33(37,42,45,) cm; 13(14.5, 16.5, 17.75,) inches
15(18, 20, 20) cm; 6(7.5,8, 8)inches
24 sts per 10cm/4” in stst on larger needles
32 rows per 10cm/4” in stst
Kfb Knit into front & back of stitch to increase
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
Stst Stockinette stitch [all rounds knit]
Psso Pass the slip stitch over the knit stitch to decrease
Rnd 1: Knit front, back, and front of next stitch.
Pass these 3 sts back to Left needle.
Rnd 2: Kfb, k1, kfb, pass these 5 sts back to Left needle
Skp, k1, k2tog, pass these 3 sts back to Left needle
Slip 1, k2tog, psso.
With smaller needles and A, cast on 80(88,100,108) sts. Join in round taking care not to twist. Place marker for beginning of round. Change to larger needles.
Work K2, P2 rib for 3.5(4, 4, 5) cm
Size 2 & 4 only: Change to stst, increasing 2 sts evenly around– 90(110) sts. Work 8(11) rnds stst.
Size 1 & 3 only: Change to larger needles and work 6(11) rnds stst.
Introducing B according the chart, work chart 8(9,10,11) times around hat, making a bobble to correspond with X on chart.
Knit 1(4,7,8) rnds.
Rnd 1: K4, k2tog, *k8, k2tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, & 16: Knit
Rnd 3: K3, k2tog, *k7, k2tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Rnd 5: K2, k2tog, *k6, k2tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Rnd 7: K1, k2tog, *k5, k2tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4
Rnd 9: K2tog, *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Rnd 10: K to 4 sts before marker, re-place marker for new beginning of rnd.
Rnd 11: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 13: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 17: [K2tog] to end of rnd – 8(9,10,11) sts remain.
Break yarn and thread through remaining sts. Pull tight.
Make a 6cm pom pom or size desired. Sew to top of hat.
Weave in ends.