Sizes: 0 – 6 months, (6 – 12 months)
Loom: Sock Loom 1
Yarn: 1 skein each Bernat Softee Baby, Lemon and Simply Soft, Pumpkin Small amounts black and cream, and a little stuffing
Notions: 3.75 mm crochet hook
Note: You will be knitting the hat flat, then joining the front to the back as you knit. The first stitch of each row will be slipped (not wrapped).
With Lemon yarn, cast on 32 (38) stitches.
Work 6 rows garter stitch.
Knit 20 (24) rows.
You will now be working short rows to shape the top of the head. Knit across the row until you come to the last peg. Lift stitch off peg, wrap yarn around peg and replace stitch onto peg. Now knit back across row to the last stitch, lift it off peg, wrap yarn around peg and replace stitch onto peg. Continue in this manner until you have 16 (20) center pegs unwrapped.
Now knit across to the first wrapped peg past center unwrapped stitches. Knit both loops on peg. Knit back to the first wrapped peg past center and knit both loops. Continue in this manner until all wrapped pegs have been worked.
You will now be working the front of the hat and joining it to the back. Pick up first slip stitch loop along left side of hat (the purl side will be facing you at this point.) Place it on the last (left side) peg. Knit across the row and knit both stitches on last peg. Now pick up first slip stitch loop along right side edge of hat and place it on the last (right side) peg in row. Knit across row and knit both stitches on last peg. Continue in this manner as you work the front of the hat.
Knit 20 (24) rows with yellow, joining the front of the hat as described above.
Work 6 rows garter stitch, joining as per instructions.
Bind off loosely.
With cream, cast on 14 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
Increase at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
Now knit 2 rows.
Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
Knit 2 rows. Bind off loosely.
With Lemon, pick up 16 stitches along top edge of hat (where it is slanted from short row shaping). Work 6 rows garter stitch. Now decrease 1 stitch each end every other row 4 times. Bind off. Repeat for second ear.
Sew muzzle to hat, leaving a small opening in the bottom for stuffing. Stuff lightly and then sew closed. Embroider face and eyes. Weave in ends.
Mane: With Pumpkin, chain 10 stitches and attach with single crochet to hat. Chain 10 stitches and attach to hat with single crochet (a few stitches over). Continue in this manner until hat is covered with chain stitch loops.
Optional mane instructions: Create several long (6 feet) lengths of 3 stitch I-cord. Sew these onto hat to create mane, making small loops.