Want to make your cat the happiest cat in all the world? If you do then you probably aren’t the kind of person who makes their cat wear silly hats, and if so then move along because this is all about how to make your cat a simple (but oh so fabulous) knitted bonnet! This is basically the slightly improved version of Chickpea’s Toque. I’ve made it so that the ear holes sit flatter, made the hat more shallow so that it sits better on the kitty’s head, and I made the ties to use an icord rather than a weird garter strip.
Pattern features holes for the kitty’s ears, and under-the-chin ties to ensure the kitty’s hat doesn’t fall off.
Yarn: DK weight, 10g (scrap yarn, basically)
Needles: US 6 – 4.0mm circular needles
DPNs (optional, but highly helpful for the 3 needle bind off and the icord)
- CO 40 on circular needles.
- Join on the round being careful not to twist.
- K four rounds
- Count out 25 stitches. From now until step 16 you will be working back and forth on ONLY these 25 stitches. The remaining 15 stitches will be left unworked until later.
- K 25 stitches, turn.
- P 25 stitches, turn.
- Repeat 4 and 5 four times
- K2tog, K 21, SSK. Turn. (23 stitches)
- P 23. Turn
- K2tog, K2tog, K until four stitches remain, SSK, SSK, turn (19 stitches)
- P19. Turn
- K2tog, K2tog, K until four stitches remain, SSK, SSK, turn (15 stitches)
- K 15
- Repeat 13 and 14 five times. At this point you will have something similar to what is pictured here to the right.
- You will now have 15 stitches that you have been working, and the 15 that you haven’t worked. Convenient, huh? Put the worked 15 stitches on one side of your circular, and the unworked 15 on your other side. Align them so that the right sides are together.
- Using a third needle (a DPN works great) do a 3 needle bind off (or do a Kitchener seam, or just join the two sides however you like.)
- Pick up and knit 3 stitches below the left ear hole. Make a simple icord that is approx 6 inches long. Repeat on right side.
- Clean up your ends and you’re done!
Add a sassy pompom to the top to make it extra fancy for the feline recipient. Or hey, you could crochet a frilly edge in a contrasting colour along the brim, because everyone knows cats LOVE frilly edges.