Cute Giraffe Hat

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Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors
(golden yellow, tan, brown)
Size 8, 16″ circular needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
1 stitch marker
5 mm crochet hook (optional)
Makes sizes: 6-9 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y)
Gauge: 17 st x 24 rows = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
Hat:
CO 56 (64, 72)
Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 3.25 (4, 4.5 in).
Begin decreases:
Round 1: *K5 (6, 7), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [48 (56, 64) sts]
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *K4 (5, 6), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [40 (48, 56) sts]
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *K3 (4, 5), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [32 (40, 48) sts]
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *K2 (3, 4), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [24 (32, 40) sts]
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *K1 (2, 3), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [16 (24, 32) sts]
Round 10: knit
For 6-9 mo size, k2tog around (8 sts). For 1-2 y and 2-3 y sizes: continue with decreasing pattern until 8 sts remain.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 8 sts. Pull tight.
Ears (make 2):
CO 6 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (8 st)
Row 5: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1 (10 st)
Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 st)
Row 9: knit
Row 11: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 st)
Row 13: k3, ssk, k2tog, k3 (8 st)
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 (6 st)
Row 17: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 st)
Row 19: ssk, k2tog (2 st)
Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining 2 stitches.
Antennae (make 2):
CO 5 on dpn
With 5 stitches, make i-cord until length is approximately 1.5 inches.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 5 stitches. Pull tight.
Assembling the hat:
Sew ears and antennae onto the hat.
Using the appropriate color, create giraffe spots on the hat using duplicate stitch. I prefer the duplicate stitch in this instance because the spots are relatively small and intarsia in the round is rather annoying. Plus, I think it’s nice to see the main color peak through.Optional:
Pick up stitches along the brim with a 5.0mm crochet hook and single crochet around.
Weave in ends.
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0 comments

  1. This looks amazing!! I'm expecting as so are both my sisters-in-laws and this project would be perfect. However, I am a beginner knitter and I haven't yet tried knitting in the round. Is there any chance you could adapt the pattern for flat knitting at all?
    If you have any other pattern ideas, I would love to see them.

    Best Wishes,

    Gemma

  2. Gemma, thank you for the note! I would love to let you know how to adapt the pattern for knitting flat, but I have a new baby so my time is limited… I haven't had much of a chance to work on any knitting projects lately. I highly encourage you to learn how to knit in the round. Once you learn, you'll never want to knit anything with seams again! Wish you all the best!

    Julia

    Oh, and there are links at the top of the page that will lead you to both my free patterns and my patterns for sale!

  3. Pointless fact – the things on the top of a Giraffes head are called 'Ossicones', a great word to know for quizzes!

  4. Hi Julia-I’m making this for my daughter for Christmas-she’s 9 and lives giraffes:). How many would you cast on for her size? Thank you!

    1. I would suggest creating a gauge swatch and measuring your daughter’s head to figure out the number of stitches to begin with. Make the hat about 1-1.5 inches smaller than the circumference of her head. Hope this helps!

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