The winter has been particularly cold this year, here in Canada, so what a great idea to make this beautiful hat. I have seen these owl patterns all over Pinterest and found them absolutely charming! Of course I always want to make things a little more my own and to my taste.
I started playing around with the pattern and low and behold I found a way to make them like I wanted, with a little more dimension.
I made this hat with 100% Italian merino wool. It makes this hat warm and breathable. Adorned with Swarovski crystals elements and topped with a faux fur pom pom, this hat is sure to turn heads. Enjoy!
You will need about 150gr of merino wool, 4 double pointed 4mm and 4.5mm needles, a cable needle, a marker, a darning needle, 20 small buttons or crystals, about 1meter of different coloured yarn and a faux fur pom pom.
This hat is worked in the round.
CR2O2R: put next 2 stitches on cable needle and put in back of work, K2 stitches on left needle, then K1, P1, from cable needle.
CR2O2L: put next 2 stitches on cable needle and put in front of work, K1, P1, from left needle and now K2 stitches from cable needle.
CR2O1R: put next stitch on cable needle and put in back of work, K2 stitches from left needle then K stitch from cable needle.
CR2O1L: put next 2 stitches on a cable needle and put in front of work, P1 from left needle then K2 stitches from the cable needle.
CR2O3R: put the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and put in back of work, K2 stitches from left needle then P3 stitches from the cable needle.
CR2O3L: put next 2 stitches on a cable needle and put in front of work, P3 stitches from left needle then K2 stitches from the cable needle.
Cast on 140 stitches on 4mm needles separating the stitches evenly between 3 needles. Making sure the cast on stitches are not twisted (this is very important) work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6”. Now you will switch to 4.5mm needles.
Row 1: (Put a marker after you purl the first stitch) *P5, K4, P5* repeat ending with P5.
Rows 2,3,4: Work as set, knitting knit stitches and purling purl stitches.
Row 5: *P3, CR2O2R, P1, CR2O2L, P3* continue all around.
Row 6: Work as set, knitting all knit stitches and purling all purl stitches.
Row 7: *P2, CR2O1R, P1,K1, P1, K1, CR2O1L, P2* repeat all around.
Row 8: Work as set.
Row 9: Work all stitches in established pattern except for stitches in middle of the owl (middle 6 stitches), purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches, giving you double seed stitch.
Row 10: Work as set.
Row 11: Work as row 9.
Row 12: Work as set.
Row 13: *P2, CR2O3R, CR2O3L, P2* continue all around.
Rows 14,15,16: Work as set.
Row 17: As row 13.
Row 18: P2, *K1, P8, K1, P1, P2 together, P1* continue around working last decrease technically where the beginning of the row was.
Row 19: P all stitches.
Row 20: *P2 together, P12* all around.
Row 21: Work as set.
Row 22: *P2 together, P11* all around.
Row 23: Work as set.
Row 24: *P2 together, P10* all around.
Row 25: Work as set.
Row 26: *P2 together, P9* all around.
Row 27: Work as set.
Continue decreasing in this fashion until you have 6 stitches remaining.
Now cut your yarn leaving about 7” in length.
With a darning needle, run the yarn through the remaining stitches, then through the hole to the inside of the hat. Turn the hat inside out and pull on the yarn to close the hat. Now make a knot and weave the yarn around inside stitches for about 2”, cut leftover yarn. Weave in the yarn at the beginning of the hat where the ribbing is. Make sure you weave it in on the side that will be rolled up inside so it won’t show on the outside of your hat.
Now you can finish your hat by sewing on the eyes using small buttons or round crystals.
I also sewed on clear crystals on top of the hat for added sparkle.
I then embroidered little triangular beaks in another coloured yarn.
I also added a gorgeous faux fur pom pom.
This is a ladies medium sized hat, about 21” in diameter. To make it a bit bigger use a thicker yarn, It will add about 1 1/2” to 2” to your hat.
I hope you will make this hat and love it and enjoy it for years to come!