Yes, I know I kinda missed the craze with making these cat hats for the Women’s March in January, but I finally got around to whipping one up for myself! Since it was such a quick make (like less than 45minutes!), I thought I’d share the pattern here for free! PLUS, it only used a tad more than half of my skein!! Whoop whoop! 😀
Let’s get to it!
1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – I used the color Blossom (or a comparable bulky 6 yarn)
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
BLO – back loop only
St – stitch
Sl st- slip stitch
You’ll notice that for projects worked in hdc, I only use a ch 1 for my turning chain. This keeps the ends tight and super straight! It can take some time to adjust to seeing the top of that last stitch when you work the next row, but I promise your edges will be so clean and professional that you’ll be thanking me later! 😉
I tend to crochet on the loose side, so please take note of my measurement recommendations noted in the instructions. And don’t stress if yours doesn’t measure exactly what I’ve stated–if you’re in the ball park, it’ll be fine! The finished size for an adult is ~7.5in/19cm x 9in/23cm.
If you wish to make the hat larger or smaller, simply increase or decrease the number of rows, respectively.
Ch 16 (or however many chains gets you to ~8in./20.5cm)
R1: Hdc into 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (15 hdc)
R2-R22: Hdc in BLO in each st across, ch 1, turn (or for an even number of rows that gets you to ~18in./45.5cm) (15 hdc)
Now you have a rectangle. Without finishing off, fold it in half with the ch/”V” loops of either end together. Working in the outside loops only, sl st together each st along the edge.
When you reach the end, continue slip stitching evenly across the next edge so that only the bottom edge will remain open. Finish off and sew in ends.
Turn it inside out, poke out those corners, and BAM–you made the Quick & Chunky Cat Hat! Good job, you!