Today’s story is about a Free Knitting Pattern for a Knit Flat Cat Hat with a Tutorial and Video on how to make this simple knit. This project is perfect for a beginner knitter.

Unless you are returning from a recent trip to the moon, you no doubt have been inundated with pictures of cat hats the past few weeks. There is just no missing the oodles of photos people have been posting of themselves and with their friends wearing cat hats. This is a very sensitive topic right now. I understand that. So may I simply say, politics aside,  that I love cat hats. And this knit flat cat is the perfect project for a beginner knitter. It’s also a fun project for a mom, because you can make mommy and me versions of this hat sooooo easily and from the one skein of yarn used in the project.

I started knitting cat hats a couple of years ago,  but I started designing them in all kinds of yarns and colors in earnest last year. I published my first pink cat hat last March, because I thought it was adorable in that bright, cheerful color. I still feel that way.

I also think a cat hat is a wonderful first hat pattern for new knitters.

I write them to be virtually fool proof when it comes to fit. Today’s free pattern post is no different.

The yarn is Malabrigo Caracol and was sent to me by the lovely Booth Kittson of Red Beauty Textiles. This is my first experience knitting with this yarn, and I LOVED it! I think a thick and thin yarn makes even a very simple knit look amazing. The yarn arrives in a hank, so you have to wind it up to knit with it. I always use a center pull cake. I have a swift and winder setup here, but if you don’t, simply wind the yarn into a ball by hand. Trust me. This yarn is so yummy, it’s worth a little extra effort.

The pattern I designed with Malabrigo Caracol is a knit flat piece of fabric that is seamed so it becomes a hat. This is perfect for people who have not yet tackled knitting in-the-round. And the design is virtually fool proof, so if you are flummoxed by gauge and measurements, don’t worry.  Just follow the instructions, and you will have a cute cat-eared beanie to wear. And it’s going to fit!

Part of designing a knitting pattern, even a free knitting pattern,  is coming up with a catchy name. The day we took these pictures it was almost 70 degrees, which is a real treat in January. It really did feel like spring. And because I had Eugenia pose with yellow wildflowers, I thought it gave the whole thing a very spring-like vibe. So, the name Springtime Kitten popped into my head when I started editing the pictures. I think it suits the look and personality of this pattern really well. The ears are smaller and more kittenish that my regular cat hats, too.

This is my first knit flat hat (and so appropriate it’s for a knit flat cat hat!), and it’s also the first time I’ve done full project video tutorial.

I knit the whole hat for you and made a video about how you can do it, too!

I hope you enjoy it and that you find it helpful as you knit your own Springtime Kitten. Here’s the Video. (Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven’t already!)

And, yes, that’s me at the very end! As soon as I finished the hat I popped it on my head and went outside to show you how it looks. Since I’m not a model, I had my friend Eugenia pose for me so I would have really pretty photos to go into today’s post and into the printable pattern. I enjoy taking the pictures, but notsomuch being in them. Can you relate?

Isn’t this the fresh breath of spring air we need about now?

So let’s get to that pattern, shall we?

The Springtime Kitten Free Knitting Pattern:

Materials you’ll need:

  1. Size 15US (10mm) Straight Knitting Needles
  2. Tapestry Needle
  3. Scissors
  4. One Skein of Malabrigo Caracol Yarn (or any size 6 weighted yarn)
  5. Measuring tape

Skills you’ll need:

  1. CO
  2. Knit
  3. Purl
  4. BO
  5. Seaming


CO:  16 Stitches for the child size (S,M)

 20 Stitches for the adult size (L, XL)

  1. K2P2 6 Rows
  2. On the 7th row, begin knitting in Stockinette until project measures 9” for the (S,M) size or 11” for the (L, XL) size
  3. Resume K2P2 for 6 Rows.
  4. BO the Project.
  5. Fold hat over, wrong side out and seam up the sides.
  6. Weave in the ends.

Seriously. That’s it. A long rectangle with K2P2 ribbing at each end and some stockinette in the middle. If you would like a fully printable pattern with a little more detail and lovely HUGE photos, then please visit my etsy shop where I have the 4 page, PDF pattern available for purchase. It’s inexpensive and ad-free, so you know you want to add it to your collection!

Just in case you still aren’t convinced that this adorable knit flat cat hat pattern is for you, I also created this short film about the hat. I’ve been enjoying the process of shooting and editing video. I know I want to use it to bring something a new and a little bit different to the knitting world. I’m still figuring that out! Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Please subscribe to my email list so you never miss an update. And please share this post with your knit-loving friends. Thanks! And see you next week!

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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.