Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bunny Ears Pattern

I cannot take full credit for this pattern.
I married two patterns to get this hat.

Edit April 2004
The link to the original Little Boy Blue Hat is no longer working. You can find a different version by the same knitter using larger needles and yarn on Raverly. Just switch out the yarn and needles for the ones mentioned in the Little Boy Blue Hat Rav page. I believe the pattern calls to knit for 5-7 inches before starting the increase. I would err on the side of long since you will be planning on folding it.

Hat: Pattern & find it on Raverly
Ears: Pattern & find it on Raverly
Read through both patterns before reading how I made the ears.

This is what I changed-
Hat: I used a chunky yarn for the hat (Patons Beehive Shetland Chunky) and sized 8 needles and knit for 8inches before working the decreases.
Ears: I used the same yarn and size 7 needles

I altered the ear pattern quite a bit so I am going to write it down how I made it.

Yarns: Chunky in white and DK in pink
You will need to form three small balls (2 white and 1 pink). When you switch colors twist them once around each other. (Intarsia Knitting)

With size 7 needles, CO 7 white, 10 pink, and 7 white (leave 6 inch tails when you cast on, you will use the extra later)
Row 1) knit 7 (white), purl 10 (pink), knit 7 (white)
Row 2) purl 7 (white), knit 10 (pink), pulr 1 (white)
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you have completed 14 rows. If you want longer ears repeat more, but always end on Row 2

Decrease
Row 1) knit to last two stitches, k2 tog, p2tog, purl to last two pinks, p2tog, k2tog, knit to end
Row 2) purl the white stitches and knit the pink stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you have 5 stitches left 2 white, 1 pink, 2 white
Cut a 6 inch tail (of white) and thread through remaining 5 stitches and pull tight. Weave in loose ends (tie them if you want to, I do sometimes) at the top of the ears - NOT the 6 inch tails from the cast on or the one used to pull the ear tight.

Using the white from closing up the ear mattress stitch the two sides of the ear together.
Using the pink cast on tail whip stitch the pink part down by the cast on edge, be careful to not go all the way through the ear you don't want to see any pink on the other side of the ear.
Fold the ear in half and using a white cast on tail sew the bottom together.
Attach the ear to the hat using the final cast on tail of white.
My ears are approximately 3 inches apart. You might want them further or closer apart. (The first hat I made the ears were too close together and it looked more like antenea not ears.)

Abbreviations:
k2tog - knit the next two stitches as one
p2tog - purl the next two stitches as one
CO - cast on

This hat on a 16month old
This hat on a 5year old

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