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Knitted Animal Hats
More cute than fearsome, this dragon-style balaclava will ward off the chills on even the coldest days. And even if it isn’t that cold the hat will be a welcome addition to any boy’s stash of dressing-up clothes, particularly if there’s a knight around who’s getting a bit too big for his boots. Knitted in
a soft double-knitting yarn in two coordinating shades of green, this hat comes complete with specially designed pointed spikes and ears.

Tip
When picking up stitches down the sides of the hat, you will have more rows than the number of stitches needed, so pick up stitches on the first 2 rows then skip a row, then pick up on the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th rows, and so on.

Size
3–10 years

Actual measurements
Approx 10 in (25 cm) neck circumference, 11 in
(28 cm) height

Gauge (tension)
23 sts and 30 rows to 4 in
(10 cm) square over stockinette (stocking) stitch using US 5
(3.75 mm) needles.

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© 2019 Fiona Goble / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Knitted Animal Hats by Fiona Goble is published by Cico Books at £12.99 and is available from www.cicobooks.com
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  • Step 1

    Main hat
    (make 1)
    Using size US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 70 sts loosely.
    Row 1: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
    Row 2: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
    Rep first 2 rows 9 times more.
    Row 21: [K2, p2] 14 times, k2, leave rem 12 sts on st holder or large safety pin. (58 sts on needle)
    Row 22: [P2, k2] 11 times, p2, leave rem 12 sts on st holder or large safety pin. (46 sts on needle)
    Row 23: [K3, M1] 7 times, k4, [M1, k3] 7 times. (60 sts)
    Row 24: P.
    Break A and join in B.
    Work 42 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Row 67: K3, M1, k to last 3 sts, M1, k3. (62 sts)
    Work 3 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Rep Rows 67–70 once more. (64 sts)
    Row 75: K42, sl1, k1, psso, turn.
    Row 76: P21, p2tog, turn.
    Row 77: K21, sl1, k1, psso, turn.
    Rep last 2 rows 17 times more.
    Row 112: P21, p2tog, turn.
    Row 113: K4, k2tog, k10, ssk, k3, sl1, k1, psso, turn.
    Row 114: P21, p2tog, turn.
    Row 115: K4, k2tog, k8, ssk, k3, sl1, k1, psso.
    Row 116: P to last 2 sts, p2tog. (18 sts)
    Break yarn and leave sts on needle.
    With RS facing and using A, [k2, p2] 3 times into 12 sts on right st holder, pick up and k 34 sts evenly up right side of hat, k 18 sts from needle, pick up and k 34 sts evenly down left side of hat, [p2, k2] 3 times into 12 sts from left st holder. (110 sts) Next row: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
    Next row: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
    Rep last 2 rows twice more.
    Bind (cast) off, keeping to the k2, p2 rib pattern.

  • Step 2

    Spikes
    Small spike
    (make 2 pieces)
    Using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 16 sts.
    Work 2 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Row 3: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (14 sts)
    Row 4: P.
    Rep Rows 3–4 four times more. (6 sts)
    Row 13: K1, k2tog, ssk, k1. (4 sts)
    Row 14: [P2tog] twice. (2 sts)
    Row 15: K2tog. (1 st)
    Break yarn and pull through rem st.

    Medium spike
    (make 2 pieces)
    Using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 20 sts.
    Work 2 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Row 3: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (18 sts)
    Row 4: P.
    Rep Rows 3–4 six times more. (6 sts)
    Row 17: K1, k2tog, ssk, k1. (4 sts)
    Row 18: [P2tog] twice. (2 sts)
    Row 19: K2tog. (1 st)
    Break yarn and pull through rem st.

    Large spike
    (make 2 pieces)
    Using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 24 sts.
    Work 2 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Row 3: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (22 sts)
    Row 4: P.
    Rep Rows 3–4 eight times more. (6 sts)
    Row 21: K1, k2tog, ssk, k1. (4 sts)
    Row 22: [P2tog] twice. (2 sts)
    Row 23: K2tog. (1 st)
    Break yarn and pull through rem st.

  • Step 3

    Ears
    (make 2)
    Using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles and A, cast on 24 sts.
    Work 8 rows in st st beg with a k row.
    Row 9: K2, k2tog, k4, ssk, k4, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2. (20 sts)
    Row 10 and every WS row until stated otherwise: P.
    Row 11 (RS): K2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2.
    (16 sts)
    Row 13 (RS): K2, k2tog, ssk, k4, k2tog, ssk, k2. (12 sts)
    Row 15 (RS): K1, k2tog, ssk, k2, k2tog, ssk, k1. (8 sts)
    Row 17 (RS): K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1. (6 sts)
    Row 19 (RS): K1, k2tog, ssk, k1. (4 sts)
    Row 21 (RS): K2tog, ssk. (2 sts)
    Row 22 (WS): P2tog. (1 st)
    Break yarn and pull through rem st.

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    Step 4

    Making up and finishing

    Join front seam at neck using the flat-seam technique.

    Place two pieces for each spike together with RS facing outwards. Oversew two sides on each, leaving bottom edges open. Stuff spikes very lightly and then oversew lower edge. Oversew spikes in place along center back of head, so largest spike is at base by ribbed border, medium size is immediately above and smallest is at top.

    Fold ear pieces in half widthwise so RS face outward. Oversew side seams. Oversew lower seam so that back seam runs down center of ear. Stitch ears in place at top
    of hat so seams are uppermost and points of ears face inward; ears will then flop downward so seam is on underside.

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