There's nothing quite like a cute, cosy hat for your kid that knits up super fast to make you feel like the queen of domestic productivity. So good, it had to be shared.
~ Sleepy Polar Bear Hat ~
2 x 100g skein of bulky-super bulky weight yarn (I used some delicious local natural yarn I found in my favourite craft shop which was unlabelled)
scrap of brown yarn, to embroider the bear's eyes and nose
set of 5 7mm DPNs
3 stitch markers or scrap yarn
Gauge: 1" = 3 stitches / 4.5 rows
Size: Child, fits ages 2 - 4
k - knit
p - purl
st st - stockinette stitch
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
st(s) - stitch(es)
rnd - round
cont - continue
rep - repeat
SM - stitch marker
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
m1 - make 1 stitch
Starting with the ear flaps ~
CO 4 sts. Knit 1st row. Turn.
row 2: k1, m1, k2, m1, k1 (6 sts).
row 3: knit.
row 4: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1 (8 sts).
row 5: knit.
row 6: k4, m1, k4 (9 sts).
row 7: k4, p1, k4.
row 8: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4 (11 sts).
row 9: k4, p3, k4.
row 10: k4, m1, k3, m1, k4 (13 sts).
row 11: k4, p5, k4.
row 12: knit.
row 13: k4, p5, k4.
Rep rows 12 & 13 3 times altogether. Cut yarn, keeping sts on the needle. Make another ear flap in the same way.
CO 7 sts. Turn the needle so the working yarn is on the left.
Knit 11 sts from one ear flap, then bring in another DPN to knit the remaining 2 sts.
Turn and CO 14 sts, turn (again so you have working yarn on the left) and knit 2 sts from 2nd ear flap.
Take a 3rd DPN and knit remaining 11 sts from ear flap, turn, CO 7 sts.
Join, being careful not to twist sts, to begin working in the round (you will have 54 sts altogether; 18 on each needle):
rnd 1: purl, knitting the 5 knit sts in ear flaps.
rnd 2: knit.
Rep rnds 1 & 2 3 times, then cont knitting in st st until hat measures 5" deep.
Prepare to decrease like this:
k9, place SM, k remaining 9 sts from needle. Rep this on each needle, so you have 3 SMs in the centre of each needle.
rnd 1: k until 2 sts remain before SM, k2tog, k until 2 sts remain on needle, k2tog.
rnd 2: knit.
Rep rnds 1 & 2 7 times altogether, until 12 sts in total remain.
Cut yarn leaving a 5" tail. Thread this onto a yarn needle and slip each st purlwise, pulling tight to close the hole. Secure and sew in all loose tails.
Bear Ears (make 2) ~
CO 3 sts. Knit 1st row. Turn.
row 1: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5 sts).
rows 2 & 3: knit.
row 4: k2, p2, k2.
row 5: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2 (7 sts).
row 6: k3, p3, k2.
row 7: knit.
Rep rows 6 & 7 once more.
BO, leaving a long enough tail to sew the ears to the hat.
Using the picture as a guide, sew ears to hat.
Using your scrap of brown yarn, embroider the sleepy bear eyes and nose - either copy how I did it using the picture as a guide, or make up your own.
All done! And now I might just make a whole family of these... And try out various ear-style possibilities...