Create an adorable topper for your little one with this free pattern for the cutest knit raccoon hat ever! Knit flat and seamed, so it’s easy as pie!
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know how much I love designing for babies. Our youngest is almost 3 now and we aren’t planning any more, so I have to design for friends and relatives.
Design Story and Inspiration for the Baby Knit Raccoon Hat
I created this hat for the digital magazine I Like Knitting a while back, when they were looking for cute baby knits for fall.
I love this little outfit! I decided to offer the hat pattern here for free. If you’d like to make the set, you can get the inexpensive ad-free PDF on Ravelry.
Here is a picture of the set in action. It even has a raccoon tail!
About the Yarn
I chose Red Heart Baby Hugs for this design because I love the fact that it’s been tested to be free from harmful levels of over 300 substances.
It’s also super easy to work with and easy to care for. When dealing with babies, you want to use a yarn that will be easy to wash. Babies are messy!
This yarn is the perfect mix of affordability, ease of care and readily available at many big craft stores. My local JoAnn carries it in many colors and I love them all!
This yarn comes in both light (DK) and medium (worsted) options. I chose the worsted weight version for this design in traditional raccoon colors.
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This sweet little hat is knit flat. The color work is intarsia so you will carry your unused color behind.
The chart is an easy color change and can also be done in duplicate stitch if desired.
The eyes and ears are made from felt and sewn on.
Baby Knit Raccoon Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium (100% Acrylic; 247 yards [225 meters]/127 grams): 1 skein each of #4410 Dolphin, #4012 Ink and #4001 Frosting
Needles: US size 10 (6.0 mm) straight
Notions: Yarn needle, matching thread, sewing needle, one sheet each black and white felt
Skill Level: Intermediate
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st
Size: Finished Head Circumference 12 (14)” for baby size preemie (6 months)
Baby Knit Raccoon Hat Pattern
With CC1, CO 46 (56) sts.
Work in K2, P2 Rib for 1 (1.25)”.
Change to MC.
Rows 1-16: Work 11 (16) sts in MC, work 24 sts from chart, work 11 (16) sts in MC.
Find out how to download the chart here.
Work even in MC until hat measures 6 (7)” from beginning.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Cut eyes and ears out of felt as shown in photos. Sew in place.
Sew back and top seams using the mattress stitch.
Weave in ends.
That’s it! Today we’ve learned how to create the knit raccoon hat in two baby sizes. You can view all of my free knitting patterns here.