Knit a hat for your squid

Posted on Dec 1, 2012

Do you know a squid who needs a hat for the chilly winter?

Here is a knitting pattern to make a hat for your own special squid. I’ve never made a knitting pattern before so I’m sure  there is probably a much better way to do this. I tried my best. Happy knitting to you!

Squid’s Hat Knitting Pattern

Finished Measurements
9″ wide at base
13″ tall (not including ear flaps and pom pom)

Yarn
2 colors of “Cuddles Solid” Crystal Palace Yarn (Acrylic; 98 yards/50 grams) or heavy worsted yarn. 1 skein of each color.
White yarn for pom pom.

Needles
16″ circular needle size 9.
Double pointed needles size 9.

Notions
Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, polyester filling.

Gauge
4.5″/inch in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations:
K: Knit
K2tog: Knit Two Together (right leaning decrease)
M1r: Make One Right (right leaning increase)
M1l: Make One Left (left leaning increase)
P: Purl
P2tog: Purl two together (left leaning decrease)
P2togtbl: Purl two together through the back loop (right leaning decrease)
Ssk: Slip Slip Knit (left leaning decrease)
St(s): Stitch(es)
St St: Stockinette stitch

Hat
Begin with Yarn A, work throughout in stripes of 8 rows in Yarn A and then 8 rows in Yarn B.

(1st stripe)
Yarn A
Cast on 80 st on circular needles. Join for working in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of the round.
Rows 1-8: *K2, P2; repeat from * to end.

(2nd stripe)
Yarn B
Row 9: Knit. 80 sts.
Row 10: Ssk, k 38 sts, k2tog, k 38 sts. 78 sts.
Row 11: Knit.
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Ssk, k 37 sts, k2tog, k 37 sts. 76 sts.
Row 15: Knit.
Row 16: Knit.

(3rd stripe)
Yarn A
Row 17: Ssk, k 36, k2tog, k 36 sts. 74 sts.
Row 18: Knit.
Row 19: Knit.
Row 20: Ssk, k 35 sts, k2tog, k 35 sts. 72 sts.
Row 21: Knit.
Row 22: Knit.
Row 23: Ssk, k 34 sts, k2tog, k 34 sts. 70 sts.
Row 24: Knit.

(4th stripe)
Yarn B
Row 25: Knit.
Row 26: Ssk, k 33, k2tog, k 33 sts. 68 sts.
Row 27: Knit.
Row 28: Knit.
Row 29: Ssk, k 32 sts, k2tog, k 32 sts. 66 sts.
Row 30: Knit.
Row 31: Knit.
Row 32: Ssk, k 31 sts, k2tog, k 31 sts. 64 sts.

(5th stripe)
Yarn A
Row 33: Knit.
Row 34: Knit.
Row 35: Ssk, k 30 sts, k2tog, k 30 sts. 62 sts.
Row 36: Knit.
Row 37: Knit.
Row 38: Ssk, k 29 sts, k2tog, k 29 sts.. 60 sts.
Row 39: Knit.
Row 40: Knit.

(6th stripe)
Yarn B
Row 41: Ssk, k 28 sts, k2tog, k 28 sts. 58 sts.
Row 42: Knit.
Row 43: Ssk, k 27 sts, k2tog, k 27 sts. 56 sts.
Row 44: Knit.
Row 45: Ssk, k 26 sts, k2tog, k 26 sts. 54 sts.
Row 46: Knit.
Row 47: Ssk, k 25 sts, k2tog, k 25 s. 52 sts.
Row 48: Knit.

(7th stripe)
Yarn A
Row 49: M1r, k, m1r, k 25 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 25 sts. 56 sts.
Row 50: Knit.
Row 51: M1r, k, m1r, k 27 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 27 sts. 60 sts.
Row 52: Knit.
Row 53: M1r, k, m1r, k 29 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 29 sts. 64 sts.
Row 54: Knit.
Row 55: M1r, k, m1r, k 31 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 31 sts. 78 sts.
Row 56: Knit.

(8th stripe)
Yarn B
Row 57: M1r, k, m1r, k 33 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 33 sts. 72 sts.
Row 58: Knit.
Row 59: M1r, k, m1r, k 35 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 35 sts. 76 sts.
Row 60: Knit.
Row 61: M1r, k, m1r, k 37 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 37 sts. 80 sts.
Row 62: Knit.
Row 63: M1r, k, m1r, k 39 sts, m1l, k, m1l, k 39 sts. 84 sts.
Row 64: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 30 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 30 sts. 76 sts.

(9th stripe)
Yarn A
Row 65: Knit.
Row 66: Knit.
Row 67: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 26 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 26 sts. 68 sts.
Row 68: Knit.
Row 69: Knit.
Row 70: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 22 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 22 sts. 60 sts.
Row 71: Knit.
Row 72: Knit.

Switch to double pointed needles.

(10th stripe)
Yarn B
Row 73: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 18 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 18 sts. 52 sts.
Row 74: Knit.
Row 75: Knit
Row 76: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 14 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 14 sts. 44 sts.
Row 77: Knit.
Row 78: Knit.
Row 79: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 10 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 10 sts. 36 sts.
Row 80: Knit.

(11th stripe)
Yarn A
Row 81: Knit.
Row 82: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 6 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 6 sts. 28 sts.
Row 83: Knit
Row 84: Knit.
Row 85: (Ssk, k) 4 times, k 2 sts, (k2tog, k) 4 times, k 2 sts. 20 sts.
Row 86: Knit.
Row 87: Knit.
Row 88: (Ssk, k) 3 times, k, (k2tog, k) 3 times, k. 14 sts.
Row 89: *K2tog, k; repeat from * to end. 9 sts.

Leaving a long end, cut off yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pull up and secure.

Using white yarn, make a 3″  pom pom and attach to top.

Ear Flaps (make 2)
Yarn B
Row 1: Pick up 14 sts at the center of the side of the hat.
Rows 2-8: St st.

Yarn A
Rows 9-12: St st.
Row 13: Ssk, k 10 sts, k2tog. 12 sts.
Row 14: P2tog, p 8 sts, p2togtbl. 10 sts.
Row 15: Ssk, k 6 sts, k2tog. 8 sts.
Row 16: P2tog, p 4 sts, p2togtbl. 6 sts.
Row 17: Ssk, k 2 sts, k2tog. 6 sts.

Cast off. Cut off yarn and weave in ends.

Tassles
Cut 6 18″ strands of yarn A. Use the yarn needle to pull each strand half way through the bottom center of the ear flap to create 12 strands hanging from the ear flap. Divide the strands into 3 groups of 4 strands and braid the groups together. Tie a knot at the bottom. Repeat for other ear flap.

Stuff hat with polyester filling to make the hat stand up.

Put hat on head!