Baby Bear Hat

I was watching Gossip Girl a few weeks ago and couldn’t help but notice the cute little baby bear hat on display:
Gossip Girl - Milos Bear Hat
I oohed and awwwed and decided I’d have to make one myself because it was just too cute not to have!

With no cocoa brown wool on hand I decided to go for a cream version. Here is the finished product:
cream bear ears hat

Not too bad as a first attempt I thought!
I was worried the ears were too floppy and wouldn’t stay upright nicely but when my friend’s gorgeous wee girl kindly modeled the hat for me the ears worked perfectly.
jj bear hat
Isn’t she beautiful?!?! Now that I have the pattern sorted I’m going to have to make a some more of these…

Baby Bear Hat

  • 1 pair 4mm knitting needles
  • 1 ball Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn in cream
  • 1 ball Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn in poppy

Note: Gauge with 4mm needles should be 10cm square = 22 stitches x 28 rows. Overall circumference of the hat will be about 35cm.

Using cream yarn cast on 78 stitches.
1. Knit in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 4 1/2 inches long. Finish on a purl row.
2. Knit 4 stitches, knit 2 together. Repeat to end of the row (65)
3. Purl row
4. Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row (52)
5. Purl row
6. Knit 2 stitches, knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row (39)
7. Purl row
8. Knit 1 knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row (26)
9. Purl row
10. Knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row (13)
11. Purl row
12. Knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row (7)
13. Purl 2 and cast one off. Cut yarn with a 40cm tail. Thread yarn through the first stitch and all the remaining stitches. Secure with a knot.
Use the long tail from the thread to sew up the seam of the hat.

Ears:
Using cream yarn, cast on 12 stitches.
1. Knit in stockinette for 6 rows ending on a purl row
2. Knit 2 together, knit 8, knit 2 together (10)
3. Purl row
4. Knit 2 together, knit 6, knit 2 together (8)
5. Purl row
6. Knit 2 together, repeat to the end of the row (4)
7. Purl row
8. Knit
9. Switch to ‘poppy’ yarn and purl
10. Knit
11. Purl row
12. Knit into front and back. knit 2. knit into front and back. (6)
13. Purl row
14. Knit into front and back. Knit to last stitch. Knit into front and back (8)
15. Alternate purl and knit rows for another 6 rows.
Fold in half and sew around the seams of the ear.
Repeat for the second ear and sew into position on either side of the hat.

This pattern is free to reuse! Feel free to make as many hats as you like for personal use or gifts. If you repost or print the pattern elsewhere please let people know where you found it. You may not sell this pattern.

Comments 4

  1. lou wrote:

    Lovely hat :B
    How do I adapt it for myself? My head is not as small as a baby’s xD, and I really like the hat. (I’m new at this knitting thing, so forgive me if the answer is simple and obvious for more experienced knitters)
    Also, I don’t get your instructions; I’m used to knit using “right and left” based patterns, is your pattern an only right pattern?
    Sorry about all the questions, I just really want to knit it! :3

    Posted 05 Sep 2011 at 1:41 am  
  2. Kat wrote:

    hi lou,
    Thanks for the comment :)

    The key to working out what size your hat will be is “gauge”. I had no idea about gauge when I first started knitting and had some real knitting disasters as a result! The gauge will depend on the type of wool and the size of needles you use. One way to make a bigger hat with this pattern would be to simply choose thicker wool and fatter needles to knit with, it’ll look a little chunkier but still super cute. When you buy wool there is always a little guide on the label saying the gauge, ie. what size needles are recommended and how many stitches and rows it takes to make a certain size square. That should help you pick out a wool that’ll give you approximately the right hat size with 78 stitches.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “right and left” based patterns. I’m no expert knitter myself… I usually knit a row, flip the knitting around and purl the next row. The “right side” of the knitting (ie. the side that will face outwards when worn) is always done with knit stitch in this pattern. The “wrong side” is always purl. Hope that helps?!

    All the best, I hope the pattern works for you.

    Posted 05 Sep 2011 at 8:52 am  
  3. lou wrote:

    thank you :)I’ll take your advice, I hope it works because I really love the hat! :D
    To answer your question, “right and left” means mixed knitting in the same row to make elaborate patterns like this http://www.iknitts.com/2010/01/diccionario-de-puntos-geometricos-punto_14.html (it’s in spanish). It’s easier than it looks :B

    Posted 05 Sep 2011 at 11:15 pm  
  4. Jo wrote:

    Thanks for the pattern Kat! I just casted on my stitches tonight and knit a couple of rows before bed. Will be finishing this puppy up tomorrow!

    @Lou,
    I think I see what you’re getting at. From the website you linked, it uses:
    punto al derecho: right side stitch, which is the knit stitch
    and
    punto al reves: i think this is what you called the left side, but really it translates to backwards stitch, which is the purl stitch.

    basically in this pattern you will do the knit stitch all the way through (right side as you called it), then when you flip over your work you will do purl stitch all the way through (you called it left side, but really it’s the “back side” if we translate…. and generally it’s called the wrong side)

    Posted 04 Oct 2011 at 4:18 am  

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