Wednesday, 1 March 2017

free knitting patterns - teddy bear hats

As promised, I am delighted to bring you two free knitting patterns for a set of teddy bear hats, the first designed for a beginner knitter, and the second for knitters with a little more confidence! Again I would love to say a quick thank you to La Petite Epicerie who so wonderfully provided the yarn for these patterns and the below step by step tutorial! You will soon be able to see the tutorials over on their website too, but in the meantime you can always buy the yarn you need from them -  links in the patterns below.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you spot any problems with the pattern, and I hope to see all your wonderful hats too!


BEGINNER TEDDY BEAR HAT KNITTING PATTERN

YOU WILL NEED
8mm knitting needles, straight
10mm knitting needles, straight
Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky - 1 ball in Antracite
Tapestry needle

TENSION
9 sts x 12 rows = 10cm over st st on 8mm needles


ONE SIZE
suitable for an adult or teen


This hat and the ears are both knitted flat on straight needles, then sewn along the seam to make the finished hat! Perfect for a beginner or for someone looking for a quick one-ball make. The wool is super soft and knits up in no time.


HAT
Using 8mm needles, cast on 48 stitches.
Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end
Rows 2 - 10: cont in rib pattern as set, or until work measures 8cm/3"
change to 10mm
Rows 11 - 16: work in st st (knit RS, purl WS), or until work measures 13cm/5"
Start crown shaping
Row 17: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end. 40 sts.
Row 18: Purl.
Row 19: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end. 32 sts.
Row 20: Purl.
Row 21: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end. 24 sts.
Row 22: Purl.
Row 23: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. 16 sts.
Row 24: Purl.
Row 25: *K2tog; rep from * to end. 8 sts.
Break yarn and, using the tapestry needle, thread through remaining sts on needle and pull to close. Sew hat seam together using mattress stitch and weave in ends.

EARS (make 2)
Using 10mm needles, cast on 14 stitches.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog, k3, k2tog; rep from * to end. 10 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: *K2tog, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end. 6 sts.Row 6: Purl.
Break yarn and, using the tapestry needle, thread through remaining sts on needle and pull to close. Sew ear seam together using mattress stitch and weave in ends.

FINISH
Using the picture as a guide, sew the ears into position on the top of the head and weave in any ends.


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INTERMEDIATE TEDDY BEAR HAT KNITTING PATTERN

YOU WILL NEED
8mm knitting needles, circular
8mm knitting needles, straight
Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky - 1 ball in Camel
Small amount of Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky in Antracite
Tapestry needle
Crochet hook
Small pompom maker
Tape measure

TENSION
9 sts x 12 rows = 10cm over st st on 8mm needles


ONE SIZE
suitable for an adult or teen

This hat pattern has snugly ear flaps to keep you nice and cosy for those February snow storms (did anyone else have that last month!?) and is designed for the slightly more experienced knitter who is comfortable with knitting in the round, swiss darning, and making pompoms! If the brighter colour doesn't work for you, this would look lovely in a creamy snow-bear inspired colour. Where the beginner's hat is a loose fit, this hat is knit on 8mm needles which results in a tighter fit.

HAT

Using 8mm circular needles, cast on 48 stitches. Place markers on the 1st, 10th, 25th and 34th stitches. These will mark where you will position the ear flaps later.
 

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.


Working in the round
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Purl.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: Purl.
Rnds 7 - 24: Knit.


Start crown shaping.
Rnd 25: *K4, k2tog; rep from* to end of rnd. 40 sts.
Rnd 26: Knit.
Rnd 27: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 32 sts.
Rnd 28: Knit.
Rnd 29: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 24 sts.
Rnd 30: Knit.
Rnd 31: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 16 sts.
Rnd 32: Knit.
Rnd 33: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 8 sts.
Break off yarn and, using the tapestry needle, weave in through remaining sts on needle and pull tight. Weave in ends.

EAR FLAPS (make 2)

With the outside of the hat facing you, and using 8mm straight needles, pick up and knit 10 stitches in between 2 of the markers placed earlier.



Working across the 10 sts in rows
Rows 2 - 8: Knit.
Row 9: K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1. 8 sts.
Rows 10 - 12: Knit.
Row 11: K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1. 6 sts.
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1. 4 sts. 
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K2tog, k2tog. 2 sts.
Row 16: K2tog. 1 st.
Break yarn and fasten off, weaving in ends. Repeat between remaining 2 st markers.

To make the plaited braids, cut 12 lengths of Camel yarn, measuring 80cm each.


Quick note - get this amazing unicorn tape measure from Crochet Now issue 12! On sale in a supermarket near you or available from www.moremags.com 

Attach 6 lengths to the bottom of each ear flap by using a crochet hook to pull half of the yarn through, and pull to make the length even on each side. Pull 2 strands through in 3 equal-spaced positions about 3 rows up from the bottom. You should have something that looks like the below.





You should have 3 groups of 4 strands, about 40cm each in length. Grouping the yarn as above, braid the yarn to the bottom.


Tie securely and trim ends to the same length.

POMPOM EARS (make 2)

Make 2 small pompoms using the pompom maker, following the picture guide below to make nice, even pompoms.


Using some Camel yarn and your pompom maker, beginning from the inside of the arch, wrap the yarn evenly along the first half 3 times as below.


1...


Back on itself for 2 ...


And again for 3. You should finish on the outside of the maker, allowing you to guide the yarn down through the middle to repeat the even 3 coverings of the second half. 



When the pompom maker is evenly covered as below ...


... continue and finish the pompom which should be nice and evenly weighted all round.

Sew into position onto the hat in the same place that you would place ears.
 
FACE
 
Using swiss darning and Antracite yarn,  and the pictures as a guide, sew the teddy bear's face onto the front of the hat, equidistant between the two ear flaps. 
How to swiss darn 


 
Using a tapestry needle and chosen yarn, starting from the wrong side of the work, push the needle through the bottom of the stitch you want to darn over. This will be at the bottom of the 'V' of the stitch (see above).


Thread the needle behind the 'V' stitch above the stitch that you wish to darn over. Pull through reasonably tightly (with even tension) so that the yarn sits comfortably on the right side of the V stitch.

Re-thread the needle through the bottom of the first 'V' section, now moving from right side to wrong side. Pull reasonably tightly (with even tension) so that the yarn sits comfortably on the left side of the V stitch.



Repeat to draw the desired image - in this case a cute face for the front of your hat!


 

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