Crazy Hands Knitting

Caterpillar Bulky Knit Hat Pattern

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Circular (40 cm) or double pointed knitting needles, size 9 (US 13/UK 0)

<> Lion Brand Wool, Ease Thick & Quick – 20% wool, 80% acrylic. Color of your choice. In total 140 grams.

Caterpillar knit hat size:

Adult: 54-58 cm

Gauge: 10 stitches in = 4 inches in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

p2tog – purl two together

Body of the caterpillar hat:

Using long tail method cast on 44 stitches or any other number divisible by 2. Place marker. Rib k1, p1 for 8 rows or until pieces measures 6 cm.

Row 1: purl all stitches around.

Row 2: [k1, p1] – repeat till the end of round.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until hat measures 19 cm from the edge. In my case I repeat Rows 1-2 ten more times.

Shaping crown of caterpillar hat:

Row 1: [p2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Row 2: [p1, k1] – repeat till the end of round.

Row 3: [p2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Row 4: [k1, p1] – repeat till the end of round, k1.

Fasten off leaving 10 cm tail. Weave tail through remaining stitches. Pull tail to close top. Weave in all ends securely.

Attach faux or real fur pom pom.

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Avril Wright 23rd January 2021 at 12:50

I’m new to knitting. So just want easy pattern to follow

Knitting Guru 1st February 2021 at 00:43

Good luck Avril. Let me know if you need my help

DebbsSeattle 28th January 2021 at 17:56

I selected a #5 yarn and US11 needles, a 48 stitch cast on. This left 8 rows of ribbing, 12 repeats of pattern and decreases as written making a well fitting size 8” tall that felt nice on my 22” head. I used 63 grams / approx 69 yards. The pattern is great for those who don’t like “patterned” knits like manly men. It is also reversible with well woven ends. Next knit through I will try adding 8 repeats for a slouch hat. Easy fast pattern (two hours for me) suitable for first time hat knitters.

Knitting Guru 28th January 2021 at 21:57

Wow Debbs, one more hat. It is time for Snowflake and Vortex hats now 🙂

Janet 6th February 2021 at 07:25

How many stitches would you cast on for a child’s hat?

Knitting Guru 7th February 2021 at 09:21

How many years your child? Usually children wear almost the same size as adults, the only difference could be in hat’s length.

Trajoy 14th March 2021 at 16:11

In your decreasing rounds:
Round 2: P1, K1
Round 4 : K1, P1

Is this correct? Since we are knitting in the round, seems as though that would not make a pretty decrease. Please clarify. Thank you.

Knitting Guru 14th March 2021 at 18:54

yes this is correct. you can check also video tutorial

Deborah Stewardson 15th March 2021 at 16:01

Hello, Thanks for the pattern. I love the hat. Could you please tell me wear you get the leather piece that you attached to the hat. Thank you.

Knitting Guru 18th March 2021 at 23:50

Hi. Bought it in China


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