I absolutely love that I have a little girl because girly things are just cute to make (one of my faves is still her knit Bunny Hat)! One cool thing about my girl though, is that she likes some of the “boy” things too. She LOVES dinosaurs, and she pretty much likes any animal with horns ( although unicorns definitely come first in the “horn” category 🙂 ) The credit for the rhino idea goes to my dad, who was staying with me for the past week. I asked him what “horned” animal could be for a boy or girl, and out popped rhino! I was sold…so thank you Daddy!
This hat is a lot of fun to make, and it is surprisingly easy ( I always go for easy! ). The hat is knit flat and seamed, and the pattern is very forgiving (If you have some experience, you could add or take away stitches to make it to the size you would like). You just need to know how to knit, purl, and knit two together (decrease). I thought the horns might be a challenge, but they weren’t at all! They are just simply knit triangles (which, by the way are very easy if you’ve never done one), rolled up like burritos.
Fair warning, when my girl put this on she chased me in an attempt to poke me with the horns. Wild child!
You will need:
One skein Lion Brand Modern Baby in Grey (or another sport weight yarn)
Small amount of white worsted weight yarn for horns
Small amount of black worsted weight yarn for eyes
US Size 8 Knitting Needles
Crochet Hook (for eyes)
This hat is knit flat and seamed
There are only three rows with decreases, and the pattern is forgiving.
The horns are simply triangles knit in stockinette stitch – they almost curl into a horn shape naturally!
The ears are started as a knit square and then decreased to make the tip
This hat should fit between 18 months – 3 years old
With your size 8 knitting needles, Cast on 82 stitches
Row 1 *Knit 2, purl 2 across row (You are working in a 2X2 rib pattern)
Row 2 Purl 2, knit 2 across row*
Continue from * to *, working in a 2X2 rib for one inch
Row 1 of Stockinette – *Knit across row
Row 2 Purl across row*
Repeat from * to *, working in stockinette (which is alternates knit, purl, knit, purl) for 4 inches. Be sure to end on a purl row, to then be on a knit row to begin the decrease below.
Row 1 of decrease: On a KNIT row – *Knit 2 together, Knit one* – repeat this pattern (Knit 2 together, knit one) across row
Row 2 Purl across row
Row 3 Knit across row
Row 4 Purl across row
Row 5 Knit across row
Row 6 Purl across row
Row 7 Knit across row
Row 8 Purl across row
Row 9 *Knit 2 together, Knit one*, repeat from * to * across row
Row 10 Purl 2 together across row.
Cut a long tail to feed through the stitches, using your tapestry needle. Pull tight to tighten up the top of the hat. Tie off.
Seam the hat using a matress stitch (it’s very easy), so that you can’t see the seam.
Small Horn (You are simply making a triangle in stockinette stitch)
Cast on 10 stitches with your white yarn (leave a length of tail to use in order to attach to hat)
Row 1 Knit across row
Row 2 Purl 2 together, Purl 6, Purl 2 together
Row 3 Knit across row (8)
Row 4 Purl 2 together, Purl 4, Purl 2 together
Row 5 Knit across row
Row 6 Purl 2 together, Purl 2, Purl 2 together
Row 7 Knit across row(4)
Row 8 Purl 2 together, purl 2 together (2)
Row 9 Knit across row (2)
Row 10 Purl 2 together, tie off, weave in end
Large Horn (You are simply making another triangle)
Cast on 13
Row 1 Knit across row
Row 2 Purl 2 together, purl 9, purl 2 together
Row 3 Knit across row (11)
Row 4 Purl 2 together, Purl 7, Purl 2 together
Row 5 Knit across row (9)
Row 6 Purl 2 together, purl 5, Purl 2 together
Row 7 Knit across row (7)
Row 8 Purl 2 together, purl 3, purl 2 together
Row 9 Knit across row (5)
Row 10 Purl 2 together, purl 1, purl 2 together
Row 11 Knit across (3)
Row 12 Purl 2 together, Purl 1
Row 13 Knit across row (2)
Row 14 Purl 2 together, tie off, weave in end
**For each horn, roll into the shape of a horn. Whip stitch the length of the horn where it is folded over, closed. Tie off.
* You are simply starting with a knit (garter) square and then decreasing every row near the end to get a pointed/curved top
Cast on 15 with your grey yarn (leave a tail to weave around ear in order to shape)
Knit (garter stitch) every row for 1 and 1/4 (1.25) inches.
Begin decrease once you have reached the length of 1 1/4 (1.25) inches.
Knit 2 together on each end, of each row. So for example, you will knit two together at the start of the row, then knit across row, and finish by knitting the final two together.
Repeat this pattern for every row until are down to one stitch on your needle. Tie off and weave in end.
Do this pattern for both ears.
Fold the bottoms of each ear inward. Using the tail of yarn at the bottom of your ear, weave around in order to “tack” down the folded sides. This will create the shape of the ear.
Attaching Horns and Ears to hat: