In case you haven't noticed, foxes are really in right now. This season I've already crocheted a nifty fox basket and sewn several felt fox ornaments. I really wanted to make a fox hat for a friend's baby, but I'm pretty terrible at fair isle and halfway through my first attempt, I scratched the whole thing. The snout was all scrunched and I didn't like the look of it.
I decided on something much simpler -- my regular old hat pattern with some ears sewn on top. I winged the ears, but I really like how they turned out. For this project I used some Montera Classic Elite llama/wool chunky yarn I'd been coveting for some time. This hat is fuzzy, warm and downright delightful.
Here's what you need:
1 skein of orange chunky yarn (I used Bolsita Orange from Montera Classic Elite)
size 9, 16-inch circular needle
one set of size 9 double pointed needles
Size: This pattern fits a 12-18-month baby. For a larger hat (2T-3T), cast on 72 stitches and follow the same pattern. For a smaller hat, knit this same pattern on size 8 needles.
Gauge: I do not gauge my work, but according to Montera yarn's website, it should be 3.5-4 sts/inch on size 9 needles.
k2tog= knit two stitches together
For the main body of the hat, cast on 64 stitches on the circular needle and knit last stitch to first stitch without twisting the stitches. Knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for five rounds. Knit in stockinette stitch for 22 more rounds, or until piece measures about 5.5 inches.
Decrease as follows:
Place a marker at beginning of round.
K2tog, K6, repeat till end of round
Knit one round
K2tog, K5, repeat till end of round
K one round
K2tog, K4, repeat till end
K one round while transferring to double pointed needles. Or knit the round and transfer stitches — whatever’s easier for you.
K2tog, K3, repeat till end
Knit one round
K2tog, K2, repeat till end
Knit one round
K2tog, K1, repeat till end
K2tog, repeat till end.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Run the yarn through the remaining stitches with a darning needle and draw up the hole tight. Weave in ends.
Ear (make 2):
With three double pointed needles, cast on 16 stitches (5, 5, 6), leaving a 12-inch tail. Connect last stitch to first stitch and begin knitting in the round. Knit 3 rounds.
K2tog, k3, K2tog, k3, K2tog, k4
Knit 2 rounds
K2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog k3
Knit 1 round
K2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2
Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Run yarn through the remaining stitches and draw up tight. Weave in the end on the inside of the ear.
With your darning needle and the long cast-on tail, sew the bottom of the ear closed.
As for sewing on the ears, I folded my hat in half and determined the best placement of the ears. I sewed each ear on with the remaining length of cast-on yarn. I didn't use any special technique for sewing, so I recommend whatever you feel most comfortable with. I actually didn't have enough cast-on yarn so I did some touch ups with extra yarn.
Now it's up to you whether to stitch a little nose and eyes on the front of the hat. I decided not to as I figured the child's face would be the fox's face. Either way would be cute!