For Halloween, try Knitting something that’s fun and not scary for your child. How about an adorable cat hat? Everybody loves a cat eared beanie hat.

I would like to propose everybody take a deep breathe and slow down for Halloween. Have you considered knitting a sweet cat hat hat for your little one’s Halloween costume rather than buying some cheap thing from the big box store?

And tell me this about Halloween; when did it get so, so scary? I know this is going to really date me, but I was actually creeped out and a bit scared of the dancing zombies in Michael Jackson’s Thriller! Yeah. I know. This makes me a major wimp by today’s Halloween standards. But you know what? I don’t really care. I love the music, but I’m not fond of the imagery of the zombies getting that pretty girl in the house. No thanks!

So with Halloween rapidly approaching, I thought I would spend today’s post talking about how to have a kinder, gentler Halloween celebration. I like to think of it as a vintage style celebration: bobbing for apples, fizzy punch and sweet costumes.

When did Halloween go from being Cowboys to Zombies?

I’m mystified by this shift and cannot figure out how we got here. Can we blame video games?


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits
Click on the photo to get the pattern on etsy

This year, instead of another store bought costume exactly like what all the other kids have, how about a hand knit hat for your little one? Not only is it cute for Tricks or Treats, it can be worn all winter.

I also love this from a safety standpoint. Masks can really inhibit vision and cause tripping or walking in front of cars. This hat and a little makeup, and you’ve got a 4 year old in a cute, warm and safe costume.

If you have an older child, you might like this Fox costume written to use my Foxy Lady hat pattern.  Your 14 year old can wear this to the boy-girl party she’s going to, and still look like she’s super cute and in a costume without having to break the bank.


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits
Click on the picture to get the pattern on Etsy.

But for little ones, meet My Little Kitten, a super sweet knitting pattern I designed for little girls. I’ve knitted several of these for friends’ children, and I never get tired of the utter delight that comes from a child receiving a kitten hat. It’s wonderful to bring that kind of happiness into this tired old world. Because let’s face it.

The world needs more happy, laughing children.

No sound is more precious than children laughing….except for maybe puppies making those sweet puppy sounds, but it’s a pretty close race on the sweetness scale.


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits
Click on the picture to get the pattern on Ravelry

I’d rather see a happy child than a scared one.

When I came up with the idea for this hat, I knew I wanted a kitten hat just for little girls. I wanted it in black, because everybody thinks of black cats and pumpkins for Halloween. So I wanted to design something that brought those two things together, but in a really sweet way. Here’s what I came up with.


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits
Click on the picture to get the pattern on Ravelry

Could you not just eat that up with a spoon? OMG. Even I was surprised by the cute factor.

Who needs Halloween candy when you have something this sweet?


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits


My Little Kitten is written to use Craft Store yarn, so it’s very easy to get the yarn you need. Plus you don’t have to go into a panic attack if it gets dropped in a puddle or forgotten on the school bus. You know I absolutely adore high end yarn, but not necessarily for a child or a teenager. This hat was designed to be practical and cute!

Here are some more great reasons to knit this cute hat pattern:

  • It’s inexpensive to make.
  • The yarn is easy to find.
  • The pattern is an instant download so you can start knitting tonight.
  • The pattern is well written and will help you understand how to use gauge to get your hat to fit. Wondering what gauge is? Click here.
  • This hat is a quick knit, so you can start and finish it right away. So satisfying!
  • I think it’s the cutest cat hat on the internet, so why wouldn’t you want to make your own?
  • Sure you can spend the next 3 hours trying to figure out how to make it yourself, or you can spend the $4.95 and have it right away with my specific instructions.

Wouldn’t you rather spend that 3 hours reading to your child or doing something fun with them?

Because childhood is fleeting . Blink your eyes and they are grown.


For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits


Here’s what I know to be true: Our little ones grow up so fast and what we will remember most are the small moments. Time is precious, and you can never get that back. Why would you waste any of it trying to reinvent the wheel? Also……

Being a kitten never goes out of style.

More Reasons to Knit My Little Kitten:

  • Be the envy of your moms group when your little one shows up for playgroup in a custom knit hat.
  • You will have the cutest, cutest family pictures of your children by dressing them in these special little hats that YOU made for them. Fall is such a popular time for having family pictures taken. And with good reason! It’s a beautiful season and after a blistering summer, the cooler temperatures feel amazing.
  • Grumpy toddler? We all have those days.  Not for long when they get to wear this darling little hat. Because who can be grumpy with a kitten hat?
  • You know that fight you have with your kids about bundling up in cold weather? That perpetual fight about putting on a hat? Yeah. Thought so. Nobody’s going to forget their hat when it looks like THIS.

For Halloween, try knitting a fun cat eared beanie hat, easy to follow knitting pattern | Pattymac Knits
Click on the picture to get this pattern on Ravelry.

I released this easy pattern in time for Halloween, but it’s something that is wearable throughout fall and winter.  How many Halloween crafts can promise you that? If you’re not up for knitting, add the nose and whiskers to a hat you already have!

The bottom line is to have a little fun with it! Bring back some cute and fun to Halloween. It’s gotten overly scary and just a little too fancy for my taste. Have you seen the price of some of the decorations?

We talk about a handcrafted Christmas. What about a handcrafted Halloween?


My Little Kitten Knitting pattern from Pattymac Knits. To see more, click the picture. | Pattymac Knits
Knitting pattern available on etsy. Click the picture to learn more.

I hope this gives you some ideas about how to take back Halloween from the scary monsters and return it to the fluffy bunnies and the cute kittens.

Cause the world needs more cute kittens & fluffy bunnies right about now.”

If you’re looking for a cute idea for yourself, how about this one? Even moms can dress in a cat hat for Halloween, and look amazing.

PS: Check back with me on Friday, because I’m going to share my old school Halloween Music Playlist. Yeah, it’s the one I’ll be playing as I hand out the candy.



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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.