Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Kitty Kat Hat


The Kitty Cat Hat!

Someone asked if it was doable on the loom, and here it is!

Base Pattern: Ro's Earflap Hat

Modifications:
-Used maybe 1/4 skein of Mainstays yarn and 1.5 skeins of "knitting" fun fur in tan.
-Added ears.

New Pattern:

Ears:

Cast 6 pegs onto a green Knifty Knitter. Do 4 rows back and forth.

Here's where it gets a bit tricky:
E-wrap peg 6 (go from left to right, leftmost peg is 1 and rightmost is peg 6) and knit off. Move the loop on peg 6 to peg 5. Ewrap and knit off all pegs back to peg 1. Do another row of e-wrap (pegs 1-5).

Continue this process until you have two pegs left with loops on them. E-wrap two rows, move the loop on peg 2 to peg 1, knit off. E-wrap peg one again and knit off. Send the yarn through the loop and knot off.

Repeat this process 4 times to make 4 "ears".

Take a pair of ears and whipstitch together the sides NOT the bottom. Repeat for the other pair of ears.

Lastly, whipstitch the bottoms of the ears to the hat. I recommend doing it on each side so the ears remain stiffly out.
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The ears are way customizable: for a rounder ear, halve the amount of ewrap rows at the beginning and end. for a more even triangular ear, do continuous decreasing rows instead of an e-wrap row in between. do an inside and an outside ear pair - pink on the inside first ear, fur on the outside second ear.

This hat fit me even with a large head, so feel free to customize it!

Oh, and I mustn't forget to credit my model, Siam the cat.
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