Easter Bunny Hat Pattern

IMG_0715 (3).JPGAdult size

My New Year’s resolution this year was to get over my fear of color work in knitting.  I think it’s safe to say I have succeeded!

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IMG_0956 (2).JPGadult, child, toddler, and baby sizes

 

This year Easter is coming early and winter is staying late.  I felt like knitting something springy, and this hat is what came off my needles.

 

Easter Bunny Hat

Easter Bunny Hat Pattern on Ravelry

Note: This pattern/chart is my original idea.  Feel free to share this pattern, but, please give me credit as the designer.  Please do not sell the pattern or copy my words or pictures and claim them as you own.

This pattern requires familiarity with fair isle (stranded) knitting.  

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn in 2 or more colors.  I used Red Heart Super Saver in White, Spring Green, Turqua, Perfect Pink, and Bright Yellow.
  • 4.5mm double pointed or circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers
  • pompom maker (optional)

Gauge: one chart repeat, worked in pattern, is 2″ (5 cm) wide.

Notes on Pattern:

  • When working the pattern, the eggs are worked in a solid color, the same color as the bunnies’ heads.  I used white.  When the hat was completed, I “decorated” the eggs using duplicate stitch (over the top embroidery.)  See directions after the patterns.
  • I used k2tog decreases.  You can use a different decrease, if you would like.
  • See directions for the egg pompom after the patterns.
  • You can make the bunny tail squares the background color, or same color as the rest of the bunny (which I did,) or even sew on little bunny tail pompoms after the hat is completed.

 

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Adult Size

Approximately 20″ unstretched

  1. Cast on 90 sts.  I used the long tail method and cast on to a 6.5 mm needle then transferred the stitches to my 4.5 mm needle.
  2. Join in the round and work 5 rounds of 2×1 ribbing (knit 2, purl 1 around)
  3. Work chart rounds 6-33 (pattern will repeat 10 times around)  I changed from green to blue for the background color at row 17 (marked by a dash on chart)
  4. To work the crown, decrease by 6 stitches, evenly, each round.  For the first round (knit 13, k2tog) six times (84 sts).  For the second round (knit 12, k2tog) six times (78 sts).  For the third round (knit 11, k2tog) six times (72 sts).  And so on, until you have 6 stitches left.  End and close.
  5. Decorate the eggs (optional: see below) and sew in ends.
  6. Make pompom (optional) and sew to top.

 

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Child Size

approximately 18″ unstretched

  1. Cast on 81 sts.  I used the long tail method and cast on to a 6.5 mm needle then transferred the stitches to my 4.5 mm needle.
  2. Join in the round and work 5 rounds of 2×1 ribbing (knit 2, purl 1 around)
  3. Work chart rounds 6-28 (pattern will repeat 9 times around)  To work grass and sky background, change from green to blue at row 15 (marked by a dash on chart)
  4. (Knit 25, k2tog) three times (78 sts remain)
  5. To work the crown, decrease by 6 stitches, evenly, each round.  For the first round (knit 11, k2tog) six times (72 sts).  For the second round (knit 10, k2tog) six times (66 sts).  For the third round (knit 9, k2tog) six times (60 sts).  And so on, until you have 6 stitches left.  End and close.
  6. Decorate the eggs (optional: see below) and sew in ends.
  7. Make pompom (optional) and sew to top.

 

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Toddler Size

approximately 16″ unstretched

  1. Cast on 72 sts.  I used the long tail method and cast on to a 6.5 mm needle then transferred the stitches to my 4.5 mm needle.
  2. Join in the round and work 4 rounds of 2×1 ribbing (knit 2, purl 1 around)
  3. Work chart rounds 5-24 (pattern will repeat 8 times around)  To work grass and sky background, change from green to blue at row 12 (marked by a dash on chart)
  4. To work the crown, decrease by 6 stitches, evenly, each round.  For the first round (knit 10, k2tog) six times (66 sts).  For the second round (knit 9, k2tog) six times (60 sts).  For the third round (knit 8, k2tog) six times (54 sts).  And so on, until you have 6 stitches left.  End and close.
  5. Decorate the eggs (optional: see below) and sew in ends.
  6. Make pompom (optional) and sew to top.

 

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Baby Size

approximately 14″ unstretched

  1. Cast on 63 sts.  I used the long tail method and cast on to a 6.5 mm needled than transferred the stitches to my 4.5 mm needle.
  2. Join in the round and work 3 rounds of 2×1 ribbing (knit 2, purl 1 around)
  3. Work chart rounds 4-19 (pattern will repeat 7 times around) To work grass and sky background, change from green to blue at row 10 (marked by a dash on chart)
  4. (Knit 19, k2tog) three times (60 sts remain)
  5. To work the crown, decrease by 6 stitches, evenly, each round.  For the first round (knit 8, k2tog) six times (54 sts).  For the second round (knit 7, k2tog) six times (48 sts).  For the third round (knit 6, k2tog) six times (42 sts).  And so on, until you have 6 stitches left.  End and close.
  6. Decorate the eggs (optional: see below) and sew in ends.
  7. Make pompom (optional) and sew to top.

 

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Egg Decorating

Use duplicate stitch to embroider patterns onto the white eggs.  To work duplicate stitch, thread a needle with your contrast color and stitch over some of your knit stitches.  Just follow the little Vs.    This was my first time trying duplicate stitch.  It’s not difficult, and there are plenty of online tutorials.

Here are some pattern ideas for the eggs.

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Easter Egg Pompom

I have a handy plastic pompom maker.   I wrapped it like so to make a striped pompom.  Then I trimmed it into an egg-like shape.

 

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