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Cutest & Simplest Hat Pattern Ever- Kit Kat Hat Pattern


My youngest daughter wanted a cat-eared beanie to match her beloved cat.  How could I say no?

My last few projects were knitted out of fingering-weight yarn so I was surprised at how fast this little beanie knitted up.  It was a very nice change of pace and *almost* an instant-gratification project.

This adorable hat knits up quickly and is surprisingly easy. Skills required: knit, purl, 3-needle bind off, and knitting in the round.

For those who would like to recreate this project, here’s the spill:

KitKatHat4Skill Level- Beginner

Finished Measurements in inches–

9.75 inches wide by 8.25 inches tall

Yarn- Any worsted weight wool that can knit up into gauge. Shown here in superwash Felicity yarn that can be found on Etsy.

Gauge- 4.5 stitches per inch in stockinette on size 7 circular needle or DPNs

Other Materials- tapestry needle


Using smaller circular needle (size 5 or 6) CO 88 stitches. Place marker for beginning of the round (BOR). Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Note: If you have a larger head or would like a bigger hat circumference, you can cast on 92 stitches or 96 stitches instead, or any multiple of 4.  Or, if you would like a smaller hat for a smaller head, just subtract stitches in multiples of 4.

Rib: Knit in rib (k2, p2) until piece measures 3 inches from cast on edge. Stop at the BOR marker.

Knit Body: Switch to larger needle and knit in stockinette until the hat measures 8.25 inches or the height you desire, stopping at the BOR marker.

KitKatHatDiagramBind Off: Turn your hat inside out. With the wrong side (purl side) on the outside, bind off using 3-needle bind off. This puts the row of bind off stitches on the inside of your hat.

Using a tapestry needle, weave in all your ends.

Pin Down Ears: Turn the hat right-side out. Stitch down each ear in the middle with a small piece of yarn about 1.5 inches from the sides. Use a tapestry needle to pull the tails to the inside of the hat. Weave in ends or tie ends together and cut fairly short.

38 thoughts on “Cutest & Simplest Hat Pattern Ever- Kit Kat Hat Pattern”

  1. I love these and so simple. The one I’m making now I’m using 70 stitches and a 10 needle, the smaller needles make my hands hurt. thank you so much for the pattern.

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    1. It’s not a silly question. 🙂 I had considered adding that detail to the instructions. I’m not sure why I left it out. You do need to stitch both sides of fabric together. This will keep the two sides pinched together and will create the ears when you put on the hat.

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  2. Hi – I am hoping to make this for my 3.5 year old. Just to get some idea – is this sized for an older child? Would I need to make the pattern smaller? Thanks so much!


  3. This is so adorable! I know someone who will love it, and I’ve just finished making her one for Christmas. It’s perfect! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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  4. The instructions for “knit the body” indicate “Switch to larger needle and knit in stockinette..”. Switch to what size larger needle?


  5. I want to knit this for a new baby that is a month old. They are average size in head. How many stitches would I cast on? Thank you!


  6. I have a question on the binding off. Working with circular needle are you say we need transfer stitches to straight needles then bind off using three needle method. A little confused


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