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Hoo's So Cute Hat

Take advantage of dressing your children in adorable clothes while you still can. The Hoo's So Cute Hat is the cutest baby owl hat we've seen in awhile. This easy knit hat pattern features feather tassels on the top and sides, two big eyes, and a stitched beak detail. We love this pattern for an easy Halloween costume or for an everyday cozy accessory. So, while she may not wear it when she's older, there's no question that your baby will love wearing the Hoo's So Cute Hat as much as you love seeing it on her.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® Anne Geddes™, 1 ball each of 556 Jam A, 764 Taffy B, 203 Daffodil C, 261 Tangerine D, and 691 Grass E
  • Susan Bates® Double Pointed Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9]
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6 mm [US J-10]
  • Stitch holder
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 15 sts = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

A, B, C, etc = Colors A, B, C, etc.
ch = chain(s)
cm = centimeter
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
K = knit
mm = millimeter
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
Yo = Yarn over
( ) = work directions in parentheses as indicated.

Directions are for size Small (6-9 months); changes for Medium (12 months) are in parentheses.

Finished Size: 13½(16)” [34.5 (40.5) cm] head circumference

Earflap (Make 2)
With 1 strand each of A and B held together, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2 (Right side): K1, Yo, K1: 3 sts.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: K1, Yo, knit across: 4 sts.
Row 5: Knit across.
Row 6: Knit across to last st, Yo, K1: 5 sts.
Rows 7-11: Repeat Rows 2-6: 8 sts.

Size Medium Only
Rows 12-15: Repeat Rows 3-6: 10 sts.

All Sizes
Slip all sts onto stitch holder and set aside.
Leave stitches of second Earflap on needle.

Round 1 (Right side) (Joining Round): Knit across 8 (10) sts of second Earflap, cast on 20 (24) sts, knit 8 (10) sts of first Earflap from stitch holder, cast on 14 (16) sts: 50 (60) sts. Divide stitches evenly over double pointed needles. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round.
Round 2: Purl around.
Round 3: Knit around.
Rounds 4-22 (26): Repeat Rounds 2 and 3, 9 (11) times, then Round 2 once more.

Size Medium Only
Round 1 (Right side): K5, (K8, K2tog) 5 times, Knit around: 55 sts.
Round 2: Purl around.
Round 3: Knit around.
Round 4: Purl around.

All Sizes
Round 1 (5): (K8, K2tog) around: 45 sts.
Round 2 (6): Purl around.
Round 3 (7): Knit around.
Round 4 (8): Purl around.
Round 5 (9): (K7, K2tog) around: 40 sts.
Round 6 (10): Purl around.
Round 7 (11): Knit around.
Round 8 (12): Purl around.
Round 9 (13): (K6, K2tog) around: 35 sts.
Round 10 (14): Purl around.
Round 11 (15): Knit around.
Round 12 (16): Purl around.
Round 13 (17): (K5, K2tog) around: 30 sts.
Round 14 (18): Purl around.
Round 15 (19): (K4, K2tog) around: 25 sts.
Round 16 (20): Purl around.
Round 17 (21): (K3, K2tog) around: 20 sts.
Round 18 (22): Purl around.
Round 19 (23): (K2, K2tog) around: 15 sts.
Round 20 (24): Purl around.
Round 21 (25): (K1, K2tog) around: 10 sts.
Round 22 (26): Purl around.
Round 23 (27): K2tog around: 5 sts.
Round 24 (28): Purl around.
Cut yarn, leaving a 10” (25.5 cm). Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches. Draw up firmly, fasten securely.


With crochet hook and right side of Hat facing, join 1 strand each of C and D held together with sc on Row 1 of either Earflap.
Round 1 (Right side): Sc evenly around Hat edge, working 1 sc in each st around and 3 sc around Row 1 of each Earflap, join with slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, slip st in each sc around, join with slip st to first slip st; fasten off.

EYE (Make 2)
With crochet hook and 2 strands of E held together, ch 3.
Round 1 (Right side): 11 dc in third ch from hook (skipped chs count as first dc), join with slip st to first dc: 12 dc.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each dc around: 24 hdc. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing. Thread yarn needle with Eye long end. Using photo as a guide, sew wrong side of Eye to right side of Hat. Repeat for second Eye.

With crochet hook and 2 strands of D held together, ch 5.
Round 1 (Right side): 2 sc in second ch from hook (skipped chs count as first sc), hdc in next 2 chs, 3 sc in last ch, turn; hdc in next 2 foundation chs, join with slip st to first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing. Thread yarn needle with Beak long end. Using photo as a guide sew wrong side of Beak to right side of Hat.

Cut eight, 12” (30.5 cm) strands each of C and D. Fold strands in half lengthwise. Using photo as a guide, insert crochet hook in Crown of Hat and draw up a loop. Thread strand ends strands through loop and pull to tighten. Repeat, attaching 2 more Tassels to Crown of Hat. Trim tassels to about 3” (7.5 cm) long.

Cut twelve, 20” (51 cm) strands each of C and D. Fold strands in half lengthwise. Using photo as a guide, insert crochet hook in Earflap of Hat and draw up a loop. Thread strand ends
strands through loop and pull to tighten. Repeat for second Earflap. Trim tassels to about 2½” (6.5 cm) long.

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