Blue Rabbit Hat

 

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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!

–Mel

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BLUE RABBIT HAT

YARN
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe; 100% Merino Wool; 50g/110m; 1 hank ea, 2392(A) & 2300(B)

NEEDLES
Size 3.75 and 4.0mm double pointed

NOTIONS
Stitch marker
Pom pom maker

SIZE
1(2, 3, 4)
To fit: 0-3(3-6, 6-12, 12-24) months

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Width
33(37,42,45,) cm; 13(14.5, 16.5, 17.75,) inches

Height
15(18, 20, 20) cm; 6(7.5,8, 8)inches

GAUGE
24 sts per 10cm/4” in stst on larger needles
32 rows per 10cm/4” in stst

ABBREVIATIONS
K Knit
Kfb Knit into front & back of stitch to increase
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
St Stitch
Stst Stockinette stitch [all rounds knit]
P Purl
Psso   Pass the slip stitch over the knit stitch to decrease
Rnd Round

Make Bobble
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. 

HAT

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.

Begin Decreases:
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.

FINISHING
Make a 6cm pom pom or size desired. Sew to top of hat.
Weave in ends.

12 Responses to “Blue Rabbit Hat”

  1. Walden Says:

    Adorable!

  2. Melissa Says:

    oh so cute!

  3. Sarah Says:

    Very cute; the little bobble tails are perfect! I shall have to remember this hat pattern when I next need to make a child’s hat (and try to resist the temptation to make an adult size one). :-)

  4. Kate Bruning Says:

    So gorgeous and those colours are pure warmth!

  5. ina and gumby Says:

    … let’s do the bunny hop … that’s a darling hat indeed … hop hop hop … happy days …

  6. Maria Says:

    This reminds me of reading to my daughter from her big big of Beatrix Potter stories with plenty of her original illustrations..Mrs TiddlyWinks the hedgehog who does the laundry was one of my favourites. She was all fat and cosy-looking. I’ll try this one for my 15 month nephew, though he has a big head so I may have to make it a bit bigger.

  7. Misty Says:

    Wow, this is a great hat–nice design! I know I’m supposed to be “too old” but I want one! :)

  8. Rachel Says:

    This is DARLING! I followed the link from WhipUp. So, so, SO cute! I would love to link to this if you don’t mind.

  9. Jenn Says:

    Thank you for the pattern!
    I am not trying to be daft, but can you tell me what “skp” means when making the bobble, my bobbles all came out off centered.
    Thanks again, I am making this in pink for myfriend who is expecting a little girl and am loving how it is turning out minus the off centered tails.

  10. Mel Says:

    Jenn, skp means “slip 1, knit 1, pass the slip stitch over the knit stitch as if to bind off”
    Not sure why your bobbles would be off centre if you made each one where it’s marked on the graph.

  11. Usagi Says:

    This is just too adorable! I really want to make one for myself… but I’m really new to knitting. Can anyone give advice on the best way to figure out a proper adult size?

  12. Carol Says:

    I raise angora rabbits AND have a new granddaughter. I can’t wait to knit this with angora wool for the blue bunnies!

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