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I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at ...

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Easy Knit Cat Hat

from MaryAnn C. Davis
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Easy Knit Cat Hat
Easy Knit Cat Hat
Easy Knit Cat Hat
Easy Knit Cat Hat
Easy Knit Cat Hat
Easy Knit Cat Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit and Purl
  • Duplicate Stitch
  • Three Needle Bind-Off

Pattern Description:

I knit lots of cat hats as fundraisers for local shelters and spay/neuter clinics, and was asked to design a simple pattern for other knitters to do the same. This 5-step pattern is the result.

(1) The background is knit on straight needles as a striped rectangle. (2) The fabric is folded in half and seamed across the top using a three needle bind-off. (3) The face is worked in duplicate stitch. (4) The side seam is sewn. (5) The ears are formed - and the hat is ready to wear.

I use Red Heart worsted weight yarn because of the large variety of colors. Let your imagination run wild! Start with a striped hat, then try variations of the basic pattern for a colony of calicos, Siamese, Russian Blues, even tigers or lions.

The colorful 13-page pattern includes a wide range of sizes, with written instructions and charts for all. There are also how-to photos and illustrations, plus tags to print and tips on how to market the finished hats for non-profit fundraising.


4 sts = 1"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 15" Baby
  • 16" Toddler/Small Child
  • 17" Child/X-Small Adult
  • 18" Small Adult
  • 19" Medium Adult
  • 20" Large Adult


  • Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn
  • 2 oz. Main Color
  • 1.5 oz. Contrasting Color
  • Small pieces of yarn for face

You Will Also Need:

  • #8 Knitting Needles (or size to gauge)
  • Tapestry Needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Red Heart 4 Worsted