Yarn

Bear Hat

By  Nancy Nielsen  for  Potter Craft ©2014

sizes: newborn (small, medium, large) finished measurements: 13-16 (15-1/2-18, 17-1/2-20, 19-1/2-22)" maximum stretched circumference

  • Bear Hat

Materials

  • Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice: Honey, Black, or White (A), one ball; Chocolate, Honey, or White (B), 7 yds.; black, scrap (for mouth)
  • Black plastic nose with post, 18 (18, 21, 21) mm
  • Pair of doll eyes, 12 (12, 15, 15) mm
  • Plastic-foam ball, 2 (2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2)” (5, [5, 6.5, 6.5]cm in diameter

Tools

  • Knitting needles, size US 8 or size needed to obtain gauge: circular, 16”; double-pointed, five
  • Blunt-end yarn needle
  • Crochet hook, size US F-5 or G-6
  • Stitch marker
  • Serrated knife
  • Side-cutting needle-nose pliers
  • High-temperature (60-watt) hot glue gun and sticks
  • Round glass bowl

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, serrated knife

Abbreviations

k: knit
ktbl: knit through back loop
M1: make 1
K2tog: knit 2 together

  • Gauge
  • 1. 16 stitches and 24 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch.
  • Special Techniques
  • 1. knit cast on: Create a slipknot on left needle, and *insert tip of right needle as if to knit. Wrap working yarn around tip of right needle, draw right needle through, and place newly-created loop on left needle. Repeat from * until number of stitches indicated in pattern have been cast on. With knit cast-on, work yarn ends up at beginning of left needle, ready to knit first row without turning.
  • 2. picking up stitches for ears: Locate where you will begin first stitch by counting to left from center "wheel" at top of hat. Using F-5 crochet hook, push hook under entire "V" of stitch (both bars) and pull yarn from under and toward you, creating stitch on hook. Go under next "V" (in round below) and pull up another stitch onto crochet hook. Continue in this manner, pulling up stitches, until you have picked up all stitches that pattern requires. Transfer these stitches onto double-pointed needle. Flip hat over and pick up another set of corresponding stitches on back side of hat, in row right next to ones already placed on first needle. Don't transfer second set of stitches onto second double-pointed needle; simply knit off of crochet hook on first round. If done properly, there will be two rows of knit "V's" that you used between needle and hook.
  • Rolled Brim Hat
  • 1. With A and circular needle, knit cast on 54 (60, 66, 72) stitches. Do not join. (Note: See "knit cast on" under Special Techniques.)
  • 2. Knit 1 row flat.
  • 3. Place marker and join to work in round, being careful not to twist stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 27 (31, 35, 39) rounds.
  • Shape Crown
  • 1. Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when necessary.
  • 2. Round 1: *K4, k2tog; repeat from * 9 (10, 11, 12) times-45 (50, 55, 60) stitches.
  • 3. Rounds 2 and 3: Knit.
  • 4. Round 4: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * 9 (10, 11, 12) times-36 (40, 44, 48) stitches.
  • 5. Rounds 5 and 6: Knit.
  • 6. Round 7: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * 9 (10, 11, 12) times-27 (30, 33, 36) stitches.
  • 7. Round 8: Knit.
  • 8. Round 9: K2tog 13 (15, 16, 18) times, k1 (0, 1, 0)-14 (15, 17, 18) stitches.
  • 9. Round 10: K2tog 7 (7, 8, 9) times, k0 (1, 1, 0)-7 (8, 9, 9) stitches.
  • Finishing Rolled Brim Hat
  • 1. Cut yarn, leaving tail for closing. With blunt-end yarn needle, thread tail through remaining stitches. Pull tightly and weave in end.
  • Ears
  • 1. Lay finished hat flat. With crochet hook and starting at 6th (7th, 8th, 9th) stitch from center of top of hat, pick up 8 (8, 10, 10) stitches along top edge of hat. Transfer stitches to double-pointed needle. Turn hat over to back side. With crochet hook, pick up 8 (8, 10, 10) stitches directly behind stitches on double-pointed needle-16 (16, 20, 20) stitches total. (Note: You will be working ears on two needles, in the round, knitting back stitches off crochet hook on 1st round. See "picking up stitches for ears" under Special Techniques.)
  • 2. Round 1: *Ktbl; repeat to end of round.
  • 3. Round 2: *K1, M1, knit to last stitch on needle, M1, k1; repeat from * for back needle-20 (20, 24, 24) stitches; 10 (10, 12, 12) stitches each needle.
  • 4. Round 3: Knit.
  • 5. Round 4: *K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1; repeat from * for back needle-16 (16, 20, 20) stitches; 8 (8, 10, 10) stitches each needle.
  • 6. Round 5: Knit.
  • 7. Repeat Rounds 4 and 5 once (once, twice, twice) more-12 stitches; 6 stitches each needle.
  • 8. Last round: *K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1; repeat from * for back needle-8 stitches; 4 stitches on each needle.
  • 9. Cut yarn, leaving tail for sewing, and thread through remaining eight stitches with blunt-end needle. With tail, sew few stitches across opening, so finished edge is straight.
  • Snout
  • 1. With B, using double-pointed needles, and leaving 12" (30.5cm) tail for finishing, knit cast on 30 (30, 33, 33) stitches.
  • 2. Knit 1 row.
  • 3. Join to work in round as follows: K6 (6, 7, 7) on 1st needle, k18 on 2nd needle, k6 (6, 8, 8) on 3rd needle. Using 3rd needle, k6 (6, 7, 7) from 1st needle-18 stitches on front needle; 12 (12, 15, 15) stitches on back needle.
  • 4. Knit 3 (3, 5, 5) rounds.
  • 5. Round 1: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round-20 (20, 22, 22) stitches; 12 stitches on front needle and 8 (8, 10, 10) stitches on back needle.
  • 6. Round 2: Knit.
  • 7. Round 3: *K2tog; repeat from * to end of round-10 (10, 11, 11) stitches.
  • 8. Cut yarn and thread through remaining 10 (10, 11, 11) stitches with blunt-end needle. Weave in end.
  • 9. Cut foam ball in half with serrated knife. Insert foam ball into knit snout.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Follow photo to sew bear's mouth, beginning and ending line of stitches where plastic nose will be placed.
  • 2. With double-pointed needle, make hole in center of snout to fit post on back of plastic nose. Hot glue nose into and around hole, making sure that hot glue bonds yarn to back of nose.
  • 3. Stretch hat over glass vase and hot glue snout in place. Snip posts off eyes and hot glue in place.