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Toddler “Cat” Knit Hat Mommy & Me Pattern

Toddler Knitted Cat Hat Pattern

So here’s the child/toddler version of my “textured knit hat” to complete the “mommy and me hats”. 🙂  You can see the mommy version here. My girl wanted ears on her hat, so I whipped the cat ears up really quickly and played around a bit to put them in the right place.  I’ve noticed that she is much more excited about things when she is involved in the decision making process. 😉  She was definitely excited about this hat!

There is a little bit of decreasing on the top of this hat, which is different than the other one. I wanted a little less bulk on the tippy top. You can keep the slouchy look of the mommy hat if you prefer by NOT decreasing in the pattern and making the hat a bit taller than the pattern below.  I toyed around with the idea of putting a nose on it, but ultimately liked it plain. 🙂

Toddler Texture Stitch Cat Pattern
We are going to miss days like this during the winter. I guess we will still try to get outside, just wearing a load of clothes, scarves and jackets!

This pattern fits: 18 months – 3 years old

**To make it a child size (3-8 years old) my best guess is to cast on an additional 6 stitches, so 65 stitches .  Work the hat until it’s an additional 1.5 inches taller than the pattern gives.

You will need:

US Size 8, 16 inch circular knitting needles

1 skein Lionbrand Woolspun Yarn or comparable chunky yarn (If you make the mommy hat, you can use up the rest of the second skein. Both hats together use two skeins total)


Tapestry needle to weave in ends


With your US Size 8 circulars, Cast on 59 stitches

Round 1 *K1, P1* Repeat from * to * around

Round 2 until piece measures 7 inches tall – Repeat round 1

Once entire piece reaches 6 and 3/4 inches tall, you will do a row of decreasing.  This is the part that is a little tough, but doable! It is also optional. You may just have a little extra bulk on the top of the hat without it.

Decrease Round (OPTIONAL):

When you are about to make a knit stitch, instead, knit three together.( It’s a little tough to get that needle under three stitches, but it’s the only way I found to keep the pattern straight. ) Follow the knit 3 together with p, k, p, k3tog, p, k, p, k3tog and so on. Repeat the * k3tog, p,k,p* around FOR ONE ROUND ONLY.

Final 2 Rounds

Repeat Row 1 for 2 rounds

Top of Hat

Thread your tapestry needle with your yarn.  Feed the needle through the loops on the top of the hat. Pull tightly and tie off and weave in ends. See the pictures below.

Mommy and Me Knit Hat Pattern Pic
Here is the hat before I added the ears.

Here is how it looks as it’s being made….

Lion Brand Wool Ease Knit Hat Pattern

Just like with the mommy version, it’s just a tube!

Modern knit hat pattern

Here at the end I use the tapestry needle to pull the yarn through all the loops. Pull it tight, and tie off you make the top of the hat.  If there is any small hole left, simply make some straight stitches to stitch it closed.

Knit Hat Free Pattern

The Cat Ears:

Unlike the hat, the ears are done in stockinette stitch. Make 4 of these ears. You will then whip stitch two together to form one ear. It makes them thicker and better at standing up on the hat. 🙂

You need:

US Size 8 knitting needles

Same Chunky Yarn used to make hat


Cast on 9 stitches

Row 1 Knit across row

Row 2 Purl across row

Row 3 knit 2 together, knit across, knit Last 2 together (7 left)

Row 4 purl across row

Row 5 knit 2 together, knit across row, knit 2 together (5 left)

Row 6 purl across row

Row 7 knit 2 together, knit across row, knit 2 together (3 left)

Row 8 purl 2 together, purl one 2 left

Row 9 knit 2 together, tie off weave in ends through tip of the ear


Whip stitch two of the ears together, with the stockinette stitches facing the outside. Do this for both sets of ears.

Placement of Ears:

Place ears 4 inches above the bottom of the hat, and the center of each ear should be set two inches from each side. Whip stitch the ears to the hat using your tapestry needle.

That’s all there is too it!

Mommy and Me Knit Hat Patterns

Let me know if you have any feedback or questions as always.

I’ve got a fun and ridiculously easy crochet project up next. Of course, I went to the yarn store while baby was at pre-school just to “browse around” and couldn’t leave empty handed.  Please tell me some of you have this problem?! 😉


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    1. Hi Esther! I love the idea of a granny hope chest. How fun! I havn’t been on instagram as much lately, but haven’t seen you. Hope you are doing fabulous!

  1. Please send me the pattern for the Mommy hat – you published the one for the toddler, but not for the mommy. I really want to make both hats. Thank you.

  2. I just made your toddler pattern adjusted down for my 7 month old grand-daughter and it is so cute! I added a floppy Pom-Pom instead of the cat ears.
    I did add another round of decreases and several regular rounds to give a little more volume on top. I also added a K2tog to decrease the stitches to about 14 to pull the center together which helped with the smaller size. Is there a place I can share a picture?

    1. How cute! Yes, I’d love to see a picture. You can post one directly on my facebook page for all to see or you can email me a picture at mamainastitch@gmail.com. I want to start a page here on the website where I can share your pictures, but haven’t gotten it figured out yet. Thanks so much for sharing what you did with the hat, and I hope to see a pic!

  3. Love your animal hats! I want to knit the cat hat but can’t buy the recommended yarn here. I’m going to buy some of the Lion Brand
    Woolease thick’n quick for the rabbit hat. Can I use it for the cat hat with good results? I think yours is the sweetest cat hat model ever! Thank you for your generosity sharing you patterns for free.

    1. Hi! The Wool Ease Thick and Quick is a chunkier yarn than I used for the cat hat. You may have to make some adjustments with both needle size and how many you cast on in order to make it work. Thanks for your kind words about my patterns and the model! 🙂 She’s pretty sweet. 🙂

  4. Hi! Super cute hat 🙂 . Can you comment about the gauge? The Woolspun seems pretty bulky for size 8 needles. I would like to use another yarn. Let me know. Thank you!!

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